Slipknot, Pantera, and Limp Bizkit will headline this year’s INKcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival, which will take place at the Ohio State Reformatory from July 14-16.
Megadeth, Lamb of God, Bush, and Flyleaf with Lacey Sturm will be among the other heavy hitters in the hard rock/metal genre performing at the three-day event.
The first night of the festival will be headlined by Limp Bizkit, led by frontman Fred Durst. The band is best known for the smash hit “Nookie.”
Pantera has reformed for a few dates in 2023, with original members Phil Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bassist) joined by Zakk Wylde (guitar) and Charlie Benante (drums) (drums).
The band, which reformed after the deaths of guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul, the Abbott brothers, will perform on the second night.
Slipknot will headline the final night of INKcarceration after being one of the headliners in 2021.
In addition, the historic grounds at OSR will host over 65 tattoo artists and haunted attractions.
INKcarceration 2022 and 2021 attracted record crowds.
Passes for both the 2021 and 2022 festivals sold out within weeks of the announcements, resulting in record-breaking crowds of over 75,000 people each year. Fans are encouraged to purchase early for 2023 in order to secure their spot.
“We’re celebrating the fifth anniversary with a killer lineup representing each year of INKcarceration, as well as over 50 bands who are new to the festival,” said Dan Janssen, INKcarceration’s general manager and co-creator. “This year is all about giving our fans an incredible experience who support us year after year, and we can’t wait to celebrate with them in July!”
Jenncity, a musician and Big Brother alum, will host nightly tattoo competitions. Tattoo artists Caleb Neff, Brian Adamson, and Mat Helton will serve as judges.
All weekend, free tours of the famous Ohio State Reformatory prison will be offered. There will also be gourmet food, a wide variety of beverages, camping, and the return of the award-winning haunted house attraction Blood Prison, which will be available for purchase.
INKcarceration 2023 passes are on sale for as little as $10.
Single-day, weekend general admission, and VIP passes for INKcarceration are now on sale, with prices starting at $10. Weekend and single-day VIP passes are extremely limited in supply. Many fans purchased early during the festival’s early bird pre-sale, so festival attendees are encouraged to purchase now to ensure access.
GovX is currently selling a limited number of specially priced passes for military personnel. Weekend camping packages for cars, tents, and RVs are available. General weekend tent camping includes 500 square feet of space for two people, as well as breakfast, lunch, and drinks; dedicated shuttles to and from the festival; re-entry during the festival via the camping shuttles; access to the camping hydration station; and access to showers and restrooms.
Weekend in general Tent camping has the same amenities as RV camping. RV sites with electric and water hookups are also available for purchase. All campers from Thursday to Monday will have exclusive access to a Thursday night campground party.
The festival admission is not included in weekend camping packages and must be purchased separately. Hotel packages, which combine hotel nights and festival passes, are also available.
Purchase all festival passes, including hotel packages and camping, at inkcarceration.com/passes. VIP passes include a commemorative VIP laminate and wristband, as well as access to the VIP area, which includes an elevated and shaded viewing deck, an air-conditioned lounge with comfortable furniture, audio, and video streams of the main stages. Other VIP perks include a dedicated festival merchandise stand, VIP locker rental with charging capabilities (for an additional fee), air-conditioned and flushable restrooms, and premium food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase).
INKcarceration nearly doubled its inaugural year’s attendance in 2019, drawing 45,000 fans from nearly all 50 states, and welcomed record-breaking crowds of more than 75,000 in 2021 and 2022 after changing the event’s layout to allow for greater capacity.