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


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.


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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