Louder Than Life 2021 Gallery: Metallica, Machine Gun Kelly, Korn, Jane’s Addiction, and More

The four-day Louisville fest also featured Gojira, Rise Against, Anthrax and dozens more acts

Louder Than Life 2021 gallery
Korn, Metallica, Machine Gun Kelly, Jane’s Addiction at Louder Than Life, photos by Amy Harris

The Louder Than Life festival returned to Louisville over the weekend, after last year’s edition was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s fest provided fans with four days of rock, including two headlining sets by the mighty Metallica.

The festival saw a whopping attendance of 160,000 over the four days at Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Expo Center.

Day 1 (Thursday) was headlined by Korn, with singer Jonathan Davis still feeling the after-effects of his recent bout with COVID-19, but still delivering a strong performance. Staind (with right-wing singer Aaron Lewis wearing an “Impeach Biden” baseball cap), Sevendust, Anthrax, Beartooth, and more were also on the Thursday bill.


Metallica headlined the Day 2 (Friday) bill, playing a set that didn’t include any songs from “The Black Album,” suggesting that something unique was coming for their Sunday performance. That day’s lineup also featured Jane’s Addiction, Gojira, Rise Against, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Avatar, Dead Sara, and more.

On Day 3 (Saturday), Machine Gun Kelly made headlines by throwing a punch at a fan and hearing boos during the performance. The singer had previously feuded with Slipknot at Riot Fest, likely leading to the backlash from the rock and metal fans in attendance. Disturbed, Volbeat, Asking Alexandria, Suicidal Tendencies (with Robert Trujillo’s son Tye filling in on bass) and more also performed on Saturday.

Finally, Metallica closed out Day 4 (Sunday) with a set that included a back-to-front performance of “The Black Album” in honor of its 30th anniversary. Judas Priest (playing their last show before guitarist Richie Faulkner’s heart condition forced them to postpone the rest of their tour), Seether, Pennywise, The Hu, and more also helped put a wrap on Louder Than Life 2021.


See our gallery of pics from Louder Than Life below. Tickets for next year’s Louder Than Life fest, taking place September 22nd-25th, 2022, are available here.

Editor’s note: Our photographer got called to an urgent assignment and missed the Sunday lineup.

Louder Than Life 2021 Galleries (click to enlarge and scroll through):

All Photos by Amy Harris (@thefirst3songs)

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Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4 – Metallica performing songs from “The Black Album”:




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