Rock on the Range (ROTR) returns for the third year to Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH, on May 16-17 with Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn as the main attractions. Tickets and VIP packages that include festival tickets, hotel accommodations, camping and festival merchandise, go on sale on February 21 at 10 a.m. (ET). Two-day ticket packages start at $99.50.

Since its 2007 debut, Rock on the Range has consistently grown. It drew 30,000 people in its first year and more than 55,000 people in 2008. This year the festival will add a third stage, the Jägermeister Music Stage, on-stage fan platforms for contest winners, and an expanded vendor village.

Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, the two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event will feature more than 35 bands, including a well-rounded mix of rock’s top artists such as Buckcherry, The Used, Atreyu, Saliva, Chevelle, Shinedown, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Blue October, Hoobastank, Black Stone Cherry, and many others.

“We try to listen to our fans, and they’ve been saying for years that we should play at Rock on the Range,” said Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, in a statement. “We’re really excited to play one of America’s great rock festivals.”

“Being asked to headline Rock on the Range is an absolute pleasure!,” added Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. “Columbus, Ohio has always been very good to us. The line-up looks great; the shows look fantastic. And I personally think it will be an absolute blast for everyone. See you in May!”

The festival will also increase its “Go Green” initiative via ROTR “Go Green,” an online portal that allows fans to recycle old cell phones and MP3 players for free tickets and ROTR memorabilia and official festival merchandise. ROTR is the first festival to have an on-line recycling trade-in rewards component.

Last Updated on February 16, 2009 advertisement