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Your guide to Moonstock, the four-day eclipse music festival

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Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs at the United Center Friday, Jan. 22 2016, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs at the United Center Friday, Jan. 22 2016, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs at the United Center Friday, Jan. 22 2016, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Sean Carley

In March, the Moonstock music festival announced its full lineup of hard rock and metal bands to perform at Walker’s Bluff Winery in Carterville on the weekend leading up to the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Halestorm will headline the Saturday lineup, while Five Finger Death Punch will finish off Sunday night and Grammy winner Ozzy Osbourne will perform as the eclipse happens Monday at 1:21 p.m.

Other bands featured in the festival include Black Stone Cherry, which will headline Friday’s “move-in party”; Pop Evil and Theory of a Deadman performing Saturday; Hellyeah, All That Remains and Otherwise on Sunday and various other acts throughout the weekend.

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Four-day general admission passes are on sale for $125 through the festival’s website, with upgrades for VIP reserved seats closer to the stage also available. Single day passes priced at $85 are only sold for Monday, the day of the Ozzy Osbourne performance.

Festival-goers will also be able to camp overnight during the weekend in order to accommodate the tens of thousands of visitors expected in the southern Illinois area. The passes range from $100 for a tent space to $500 for an RV spot with 50 amp electric hookups.

Staff writer Sean Carley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @SeanMCarley.

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One Response to “Your guide to Moonstock, the four-day eclipse music festival”

  1. NationalEclipse.com on March 29th, 2017 8:43 am

    As the date of the August 21 eclipse draws near, keep this important safety information in mind: You MUST use special eclipse safety glasses to view a partial eclipse and the partial phases of a total eclipse. To do otherwise is risking permanent eye damage and even blindness. The ONLY time it’s safe to look at a TOTAL eclipse without proper eye protection is during the very brief period of totality when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you’re in a location where the eclipse won’t be total, there is NEVER a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes. NEVER attempt to view an eclipse with an optical device (camera, binoculars, telescope) that doesn’t have a specially designed solar filter that fits snugly on the front end (the Sun side) of the device. Additionally, never attempt to view an eclipse with an optical device while wearing eclipse glasses; the focused light will destroy the glasses and enter and damage your eyes.

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