OZZFest is a festival that tours through the United States annually. In some of its touring years, the festival has also featured dates in Europe. The show was founded by legendary hard rock musician Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne, his wife, in 1996, and has since become one of the biggest heavy-metal and rock festivals in the world, drawing fans who enjoy the same type of music heard on the Warped Tour or the Gathering of the Juggalos.
Ozzfest Style of Music
The Ozzfest tour features a wide variety of heavy metal and hard rock bands. The different styles of music highlighted during the tour include hardcore punk, black metal, industrial, thrash metal, alternative metal, and death metal. Both Black Sabbath, Osbourne's previous group, and Osbourne himself have toured with OZZFest many times since its inception. Other popular hard rock bands that have played several times at OZZFest include Slayer, Slipknot, Pantera, Drowning Pool, and Marilyn Manson. Metalheads everywhere are welcome here and OZZfest 2016 is no different.
The feeling of denial and bitterness for being refused a gig in Lollapalooza turned into the one of the biggest and best moves in Ozzy's later career. OZZFest began in 1996 as a partnership between OZZY's wife and manager Sharon and himself. With an already established career, Ozzy was successful in bringing in the crowds to see him play along with numerous big-name and indie bands in Phoenix, Arizona for a two-day music festival and again in California in October. With a first-year hit, the OZZFest tour went into full mode planning for the next year. The OZZFest tour headed to the UK in 1998, but didn't return again until 2001 and again in 2002.
OZZFest enjoyed major commercial success in the early part of 2000 and over the next several years. Bands like Incubus, Rob Zombie, and System of a Down joined heavy metal rock bands with decades of experience, like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Both the 2001 and 2002 tours were recorded and produced into albums which were also very successful, and parts of the OZZFest tour were also covered by MTV.
The 2007 OZZFest became a free festival, much like the Virgin Mobile Freefest, and Ozzy headlined along with bands Hatebreed and Lamb of God. Though the 2008 OZZFest tour only offered tickets for one concert in Texas, it did feature some of the biggest names in the business including Metallica and Ozzy who headlined. Though OZZFest 2009 was canceled, it came back for a strong run in 2010 with dates in San Bernardino, Mansfield, Hartford, and Chicago, as well as dates in London and Tel Aviv.
Tickets to OZZFest
Getting tickets to OZZFest 2016 means access to dozens of bands in one highly charged show. The most popular, and affordable, tickets are general admission tickets, which range in price each year, but are generally kept fairly low considering the festival features many bands in one location. In fact, for the price of tickets to OZZFest in previous years, you could easily pay the same and see just one musician or band so the rates are considered good. For the 2010 tour, the festival offered all tickets as flat-rate purchases for all tour dates with no parking charges or hidden ticket fees. There was also incentive to buy tickets in bundles of four for a very modest price, and along with that, ticket buyers received a complimentary digital copy of Ozzy's newest album. Each date included two different stages with a total of thirteen bands. Depending on the show, there are also meet and greet tickets, backstage pass tickets, front row tickets, and VIP seats.