UPDATE 02/11/16: Legion Festival 2017 has been cancelled.
ORIGINAL STORY:Now scheduled to make its debut in 2017, Legion Music Festival has added four new names to its roster: Finnish legends Lordi (pictured), as well as local metalcore outfits Capture the Crown, Polaris and supergroup Heard Of Cows?, which features members of Karnivool and Gyroscope.
Lordi, the first (and probably last) hard rock band to win Eurovision, are “super excited” to bring their crazy stage show to Aussie fans if Legion goes ahead on its intended dates in January 2017. The band were announced on the Soundwave 2016 lineup in September last year, before the festival was cancelled in December.
While Lordi are the latest international act to be added to the Legion lineup, negotiations continue with other international acts the festival is keen to confirm as headliners, with Legion set to announce its major headliner soon.
Legion Festival is also currently on the lookout for 20 local bands it can add to its first-ever lineup, and has launched a competition for entries which closes for good in early March.
Led by Devil You Know drummer John Sankey, Legion Music Festival has currently accumulated over $343,000 in crowd-funding pledges on the way to a goal of $3.27 million. With 49 days left in its Pozible campaign, the festival has racked up over 1,400 supporters at the time of writing.
The 2016 version of Legion was cancelled earlier this month, with a range of issues leading Sankey and his team to move the festival to 2017.
Catch Legion Festival’s 2017 lineup in full below, alongside Music Feeds’ exclusive interview with Sankey.
Listen: Music Feeds Podcast: John Sankey Legion Festival Boss
Legion Festival 2017 Lineup (so far)
Capture the Crown (AUS)
Heard Of Cows? (AUS)
Front Line Assembly (CANADA)
Aversions Crown (AUS)
Devil You Know (USA)
Darkest Hour (USA)
Caligula’s Horse (AUS)
Rick Dangerous And The Silkie Bantams (AUS)
Dream on Dreamer (AUS)
28 Days (AUS)
My Secret Circus (AUS) *Mel only
Horrorwood Mannequins (AUS) *Syd only
MofoIsDead (AUS) *Bris only
Legion Festival 2016
Saturday, 26th March 2016
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Sunday, 27th March 2016
Venue TBA, Sydney
Monday, 28th March 2016
Venue TBA, Brisbane
Friday, 1st April 2016
Venue TBA, Adelaide (Club mini-festival)
Saturday, 2nd April 2016
Venue TBA, Perth (Club mini-festival)