It’s anyone’s guess whether music festivals will actually be able to happen by this fall, but at least a few promoters are going ahead and announcing them anyway. Birmingham, Alabama’s Furnace Fest is one of them. Furnace Fest was a big deal in the early ’00s — a festival dedicated to hardcore, punk, metal, and associated subgenres. The fest emphasized Christian bands, but it also booked a whole lot of secular groups. Last year, after a 17-year hiatus, Furnace Fest announced that it was coming back with a lineup that was full of the bands that might’ve been booked 17 years ago. The pandemic prevented that festival from happening, but they’re apparently trying again this year.
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