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Sonic Temple Preview: “An entirely different beast” from Rock on the Range

Kevin J. Elliott



Since 2007, Mapfre Stadium has come to symbolize much more than being the home of the Columbus Crew. By most accounts, more people know the venue as a monument to rock. Especially the weekend warriors, who, tattooed and clutching tallboys, have descended upon Mapfre for Rock on the Range—which has faithfully adhered to a program of aggressive metal, emo-punk, alternative nostalgia, and Tool.

But this year will be different, and the organizers in charge want the world to know that the Sonic Temple is not a replacement for Rock on the Range. On the contrary, Sonic Temple is an entirely different beast, one that shines on even more summits in the “rock” world that wouldn’t fit into the previous format. 

Foo Fighters

“What I love about Sonic Temple is the unique diversity. From Andrew Dice Clay to Pussy Riot, from Foo Fighters to Lamb Of God, it’s truly the spectrum of all things rock-n-roll,” says Gary Spivack, executive vice president of Danny Wimmer Presents, the producers of both events. “There’s something that just happens when those Mapfre stadium doors fly open and the thousands upon thousands of true and real rock-n-roll diehards storm through the turnstiles—it’s like no other.”

In this new design Spivack and his crew seemed determined to be more inclusive, welcoming both the anti-P.C. comedy of Dice Clay and the revolutionary romp of Pussy Riot is destined to cast a wider net.


Beyond music, Sonic Temple touts “art” as a counter to the music, a spoken-word tent featuring the aforementioned radical politics of Pussy Riot and alternative nation’s angry prophet, Henry Rollins. Heralded international cult bands, like the Hives and Refused, old-timers still relevant, like Joan Jett and Mark Lanegan, and headliners including System of a Down, present a smorgasbord of options, not unlike the Lollapalooza spectacles of the ‘90s. 

While the aggro-tendencies of Disturbed and Papa Roach still get top billing, there’s a sense that the echoes of nu-metal are finally starting to fade in Sonic Temple’s overall curation. Sonic Temple’s drive for a full “rock” experience, in a time when the cultural zeitgeist is screaming “rock is dead,” is refreshing. 

Like Rock on the Range, Sonic Temple will still be a grind with little chill, no room or space or time for quiet, and that’s inherently what attracts the throngs. It’s a big-top that continues to sell-out, year after year.

Disturbed will perform at the inaugural Sonic Temple

“Mapfre Stadium truly gives this festival that iconic American stadium-rock feel, that feeling that so many of us got to experience growing up,” says Spivack of Sonic Temple’s niche. “You get the classic stadium rock experience that one gets inside the beautiful madness of Mapfre.”

Just as everybody’s got a skull, we’ve all got a preference as to what defines a good festival. Who knows? The Dark Star Jubilee in Legend Valley could be your thing? I’m game. Choose wisely. 

Sonic Temple debuts the weekend of May 17-19. Visit for tickets and more information.

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Local attraction makes “World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019” list

614now Staff



Today, TIME For Kids revealed the first-ever World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 list, and among other international attractions, a Columbus business found itself in the mix.

Otherworld, which shook up the local entertainment scene when it opened earlier this year, was named one of the "World's Coolest Places" because of its quality, originality, sustainability, and accessibility. 

For those who haven't made the trip out to 5819 Chantry Dr. in southeast Columbus yet, Otherworld is an immersive and interactive art installation, featuring dozens of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles throughout its 47 rooms. Read more about it in our (614) Magazine coverage.

See below for the Otherworld write-up by Ellen Nam of TIME For Kids:

"Otherworld is an art installation built by more than 40 artists. They filled a 32,000-square-foot facility with large-scale works, secret passages, and playgrounds that blur the line between virtual and digital. Each of Otherworld’s 47 rooms is designed to resemble a science-fiction fantasyland. Visitors are encouraged to explore freely. Kids can fill in magical coloring books and solve puzzles. Those who are feeling adventurous can crawl into the mouth of a giant fuzzy monster."

To see the full list of the World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 and to learn more about how each attraction was chosen, visit

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Treatments to Try: HydraFacial at Boss Gal Beauty Bar

Regina Fox



With the holiday season quickly approaching, stress and anxiety will be on the rise. While getting the stockings hung by the chimney with care is important, taking time for yourself this season to look and feel your best should also be a priority. We hope this series will bring you some self care inspo!

I've been plagued with clogged pores my entire life. I've tried the Biore pore strips, the blackhead comedone extractor tool, and even an as-seen-on-TV pore vacuum, but nothing has ever really done the trick.

And then, I see it: the HydraFacial.

Scroll down for a before/after + a chance to win a FREE HydraFacial from Boss Gal Beauty Bar!

The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously infusing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing serums in just a few easy steps. Though results are immediately noticeable, your skin doesn't reach peek glow until a few days after the service, making it the perfect pregame to holiday festivities.

Click here to watch a step-by-step video

My clean pore journey took me to Boss Gal Beauty Bar's sleek, contemporary MedSpa in Clintonville. As an authorized HydraFacial provider, I knew I was in great hands. Kayla was my spirit guide, leading me through each soothing step with great expertise and care.

Step 1: Cleanse + Peel

Boss Gal likes to work off a clean palette, so the HydraFacial begins with a manual cleansing. This step feels a lot like a mini face massage, setting a calming tone right out of the gate. Next, the Vortex Cleansing method removes dead skin cells from the surface through water-based exfoliation, while glycolic salicylic acids soften the skin in preparation for extractions.

Step 2: Extract + Hydrate

This is where the real fun begins. During this step, pore plugs and dirt are removed from the face through the cleaning and suctioning action of the HydraFacial applicator.

I found this part particularly satisfying because you can actually see all the "gunk" that's been drawn out of your skin. You say, "Gross!" I say, "Gratifying!"

All the "gunk" extracted from my skin!

Boss Gal tops it off with a manual extraction session on the most congested areas of the face.

Step 3: Fuse + Protect

After removing all the unwanted oils, toxins, and dirts from the skin, it's time to seal it off. Using Boss Gal's super serums, the skin is infused with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid for a glowing, hydrated look.

Step 4: Signature Jelly Mask

The HydraFacial concludes with a mini hand massage while Boss Gal's signature jelly mask cools and calms the skin.

Before + After

I left Boss Gal Beauty Bar completely makeup free and felt great—really great. I was happy to have treated my skin to the TLC it desperately needed and getting a solid dose of relaxation I desperately needed. And, just like Kayla said, my skin continued to appreciate in glow for days after.

With holiday parties and photo opportunities galore this time of year, the HydraFacial could be your secret weapon to achieving bright skin and rejuvenation all season long.

Give yourself or someone you love the gift of pampering and relaxation this holiday season with a FREE HydraFacial from Boss Gal Beauty Bar! Just comment below to be entered. Winner will be chosen on Sunday, December 8.

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Sonic Temple announces full lineup for 2020

Mike Thomas



Update: Sonic Temple has announced the full lineup of performers for the 2020 edition of the fest. Check it out below, via the Sonic Temple Facebook page:


Exit light, enter night: Sonic Temple Fest has announced all-time metal legends Metallica will grace the stage for the first time ever in 2020.

One of the "big four" of thrash metal, Metallica have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. The group is currently the only act announced for the second year of the hard rock festival formerly known as Rock on the Range.

Sonic Temple 2020 is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 at Mapfre Stadium. Passes go on sale on October 14 at noon, with layaway options available. For more information, visit

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