Sick New World Festival is coming to Las Vegas in 2023, and the lineup looks…um…well, it looks sick. Sorry. It just does.


Clearly, the success of the When We Were Young Festival in 2022 led organizers to say: “what other nostalgic rock sub-genres can we build a festival around? You see, When We Were Young trafficked primarily in emo, screamo, and pop-punk. So if you were a Hot Topic kid who came up in the early 2000s, you couldn’t get out to Vegas fast enough. Now, if you were a…well, also a Hot Topic kid who came up in the early 2000s, you’ll likely be clamoring to get out to Vegas for Sick New World, too. Because let’s face it, emo kids and nu metal kids were most certainly messing around in Hot Topic back in the day.


And while it’s not a nu metal festival, per se, the headliners are all standard-bearers of the genre. System Of A Down. Korn. Deftones. Incubus. And there’s plenty more late 90s/early 00s nu metal faves further down the bill. But there’s also good ol’ fashioned metal and rock and stoner rock and industrial and a few other hard-ass rock sub genres represented. So if, say, Ozzfest was  your jam back in the day, the Sick New World lineup will be right up your alley.


Sick New World: The Lineup

Business first: presale for tickets starts on Friday, November 11. There’s a code and everything, of course, and you can sign up for that here. You can also tap this link and get all the details on ticket tiers and packages. The festival takes place on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Keep scrolling and you can see the full lineup, as well as a baker’s dozen of the acts I’m most excited to see.

  • Deftones

  • Turnstile

  • Chevelle

  • Death Grips

  • Mr. Bungle

  • Ministry

  • Skinny Puppy


  • Body Count

  • Failure

  • Filter

  • Monster Magnet

  • Superheaven

  • Full Lineup

    Sick New World Full Lineup

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