The A.U.R.A. Fest ("All Underground Rock All Day") returns to Savannah, Georgia, on Feb. 18 at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. The festival's 2017 lineup includes bands such as Zao, Unearth, He Is Legend and Oh, Sleeper.
As illustrated on the festival's website, A.U.R.A. Fest was started nearly two decades ago with the lofty goal of bringing the best rock and metal acts to the Southern city's festivalgoers:
"A.U.R.A. Fest began in 2000 with the inaugural event at Tybee Island's American Legion. Since then, there has been eight festivals in three cities, with performances from the best local, regional, and national underground rock and metal bands. In 2017, A.U.R.A. Fest returns to Savannah with the most ambitious festival yet. 15 bands on two stages in the beautiful gardens at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum."
As reported by the Savannah Morning News, the festival's lineup presents a surefire schedule for rock and roll fans of many disparate sub-genres, including post rock, pop punk and heavy metal:
"In 2017, A.U.R.A. Fest returns to Savannah with a lineup that runs the gamut of rock and metal. From the atmospheric post rock of Native Suns to the catchy pop-punk choruses of Reckless Serenade to the blistering guitar shredding of Unearth, there's something for every rock fan."
The aforementioned Oh, Sleeper recently dropped a comback single, their first in four years, as reported by Alternative Press. In tandem with the band's reactivation, the metal group announced their forthcoming appearance at A.U.R.A. Fest.
A.U.R.A. Fest will also feature bands Dark Sermon, I Set My Friends on Fire, Tides of Man, Microwave, Sycamour, Artifex Pereo, the Funeral Portrait, Vatican, Me and the Trinity, and the Bunny the Bear.
Below, check out Zao's sprawling "Apocalypse" from their recently released 11th studio album, The Well-Intentioned Virus. For more info on A.U.R.A. Fest, check out www.aurafestsavannah.com. Tickets are available now at aurafest.brownpapertickets.com.