RPM Fest is a three-day, outdoor heavy Rock, Punk, and Metal music festival in Western Massachusetts. Every year the festival occurs in late summer and includes not only three full days of bands, but camping, vendors, games, and more.
RPM Fest 2019 will mark the fifth anniversary of the festival. The festival has grown every year with last year’s event including 50 bands and our largest attendance ever. This is because our goal has always been to be more than just your typical concert with a bunch of bands. We strive to make this weekend a unique experience that our special heavy-music-loving community can share.
PDP Productions and Promotorhead Entertainment joined forces in 2014, starting out simply to fill the hole that was left after losing a beloved local music event that we all enjoyed for many years. Promotorhead has been a driving force in the local scene since 2011, serving up local and national acts to music-famished crowds in multiple New England venues. PDP Productions has produced hundreds of festivals and concerts and handled live sound and lighting for regional events large and small since starting in 2002.
RPM Fest was a great success from the beginning thanks to two successful crowdfunding campaigns and a small army of dedicated volunteers. Two hand-built 25’ covered stages were constructed by volunteers in a country field cleared by volunteers behind the house of one of the organizers. With Promotorhead’s usual stellar lineups of local and regional bands to perform on them, the crowds flocked in to witness each event.
Following three successful years of growth RPM outgrew the confines of the original venue and took 2017 off to establish higher goals and foster new relationships with regional partners. A new location was found at the Millers Falls Rod & Gun Club in Montague, MA, and together we came back in 2018 with the most successful RPM Fest to date. Featuring a third stage, even more incredible local/regional talent, and some of the strongest national heavy music acts to hit this side of New England in recent years.
While not as densely populated as the eastern part of the state, Western Massachusetts has long been a hotbed of heavy music. Local artists include nationally-recognized acts Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall, and the area continues to produce more than its share of talented local acts. The close proximity to Boston, Hartford, Worcester, New York and the rest of the east coast metro areas grants this otherwise small market access to an impressive array of up-and-coming talent. Narrowing down the hundreds of submissions to only 50 bands per year continues to be a challenge, but it’s one we love.
The most important aspect of RPM Fest is the community and friendship that the fans and musicians have nurtured here. We believe this camaraderie is unmatched. Our regulars have always welcomed newcomers, and even the bands that don’t get selected usually are still seen in the crowd. RPM Fest succeeds in large part because it is a music festival for the fans, put on by the fans and they all wish to see it thrive.
PRESS FOR RPM FEST
“The normally tranquil woods of Montague just got a taste of […] RPM Fest, a weekend of camping, games, food vendors, craft beer, and – above all – fast, heavy music. For fans who attended the festival, their love of the intense, adrenaline injection that is metal is a unifier.”
“For those driving by the Millers Falls Rod & Gun this weekend, the low drone bass guitars and guttural screaming might sound out of place. But for those attending the RPM Fest, it will be a heavy music haven.”
"It's interesting how a lot of people have negative connotations about metal bands and punk rock people," said [event organizer] Brian Westbrook, the front-house engineer PDP Productions and drummer for thrash metal band Lich King, who performed at the festival. "The people that we have here, it's just a big community, a big family."
“The woods of Western Mass promise to be rather loud this weekend for RPM Fest, which brings three days of rock, punk, and metal to Greenfield. As usual, this will be a totally awesome time: vendors, games, raffles, camping. Watch the sun set, party in the dark, and enjoy the wild, wild woods.”
RPM BAND HISTORY
2018: Black Tusk • Tombs • Whores. • Acid Witch • Child Bite • INCITE • Against the Grain • S.N.A.F.U. • Dead Empires • BARISHI • Heavy Temple • Worshipper • Cortez • Smash Potater • Whitenails • Seven Spires • Solium Fatalis • ROZAMOV • Hey Zeus • Epicenter • Black Mass • Goblet • Sonic Pulse • CAZADOR • Aversed • VRSA • Vaulted • OXEN • Crowrider • Age of Embers • Vivisepulture • Graviton • Jeopardy • Bellower • Lobotomobile • Das Muerte • The Beast of Nod • Uncomfortables • Drive-By Bukkake • DMP • Cry Havoc • The Damaged • Anti-Cosmos • Gay Mayor • Ice Giant • The Path • Aethere • The Humanoids • Black Palm • GOLDENHALL • Matt Kim's Rock Shop
2016: Lich King • Barishi • OXEN • Problem With Dragons • Godeater • Scissorfight • Black Pyramid • Lord Almighty • Second Grave • The Humanoids • Condition Critical • Conclave • LED TO THE GRAVE • Goblet • Cyperna • Thunderforge • The River Neva • Graviton • CAZADOR • Faces of Bayon • Green Bastard • Black Absence • Lazer/Wulf • Moon Tooth • Pathogenic • Carnivora • Dead Empires • Begat The Nephilim • Chronologist • Los Bungalitos • The Damaged • Stiletto Bomb • Hope & the Husbands • Aversed • Composing The Apocalypse • Don't Cross The Streams • Before the Judge
2015: Lich King, Problem With Dragons, Krakatoa, Bottomfed, Deathwish, Vektor, Vaporizer, Replacire, The Humanoids, Slumberjack, Carnivora, Western Massacre, INTHESHIT, Goblet, Begat The Nephilim, Gas Attack, My Missing Half, Dumpster Fire, Epicenter, Rum Ham, Wrought Iron Hex, Side Effects May Include, Barishi, Warm, Hessian, Palace In Thunderland, Clover, Cyperna, Thunderforge, Heavy Necker, Disguise the Curse, ROADHORSE, Vacant Eyes, Writing In The Skies, Bottlefight, Creature Machine, To Kill Again
2014: King Parrot, Lich King, Western Massacre, ROZAMOV, Carnivora, Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Cortez, Problem With Dragons, The Damaged, Uncomfortables, TITANIS, Thunderforge, Asystole, Eviscerate, Sassu Wunnu, ROADHORSE, Krakatoa, Heavy Necker, Vacant Eyes, Barishi, Excrecor, Give Up, PLANETOID, Faces of Bayon, Seax, Hessian, Pathogenic, Dennis Most & The Instigators, Goblet, Dead Empires, Disguise the Curse, Zombie Fighter
Extremely friendly vibe and awesome staff working the event. I will definitely be back next year!
It was really wonderful seeing everyone at peace and just having a good time being themselves and enjoying their favorite music.
"Just what this summer needed, great job everyone, awesome fest!!"
"Thank you so much to everyone who made this weekend so fantastic! Your hard work was VERY much appreciated!"
As many have said, there wasn't a single bad set all weekend, just killer music all around.
"What an amazing weekend. Good job to all who made it happen and to all who made it awesome!"
"Every band was awesome. Every person was awesome. Thank you to all of you. It was so great to meet probably a hundred people i've only met on the internet in real life."
THE WHOLE FEST WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
"Great times were had! Thanks to all who put this together, all the bands, and everyone else."
Had the best time!! Thanks again.
Walking back to the campsite later only to find that people had lined the paths with glow sticks. It was magical.
"What an AMAZING fest of awesome bands! The whole thing was so organized and well planned! Good job to all of the crew and bands! YALL ROCK!!!"
"That was the most life-changing event I've ever had the absolute pleasure of being a part of."
The entire weekend was badass. ...seeing this amazing community come together once again!
"This past weekend at RPM Fest was probably one of the best things I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of in my entire life."
"RPM Fest was one of the best weekends I've ever had in my life."
"Thank you! Amazing job everyone!! We had an absolute blast! Thank you for inviting us to play! Here's to next year!!"
"That was the greatest time i think I've ever had playing music. Congratulations on the enormous success that was RPM fest."
"Can't say it enough...thank you for everything!!!!!!!!!!!"
"RPM Fest was one of the most fun shows we've ever played. Super great time, run well, by people who know what they're doing."
"Thank you... This was a very special weekend. I needed that guys..."
"I am still in awe of how well Saturday went! Everything was so well organized, and everyone there was cool and helpful!"
"AWESOME!! Mind if I just camp here until next year?"
I was continually blown away by how good the drums sounded ... the sound in general was great, but the drums were just so crispy. The toms came through crystal clear, and the kicks and snares sounded like machine guns. Sound guys just absolutely killed it.
"This has been one of the BEST Festivals I have been to in a long time! Bar NONE!! Whole event went off without a hitch! I am honored to be a part of this crazy, musical family!"
"This entire weekend was awesome and I love each and every one of you. And next year's is gonna be even better!"
"This fest was one of the best local shows i have ever been to. Just because of it being 2 days 32 bands and getting to camp out in the woods."
"This ruled so hard."
"RPM Fest was a blast!! Thanks for an amazing time."
"Nice work this weekend, everyone!"
"We want to thank everyone so much for asking us to play this fantastic show this weekend. one of the best festivals I've ever been to."
"Thank you so much!!! It was an amazing time!!"
"Scrolling down my news feed and seeing all the awesome photos and videos of RPM Makes me miss it already. Can't wait for next year!"
"But seriously, how amazing was RPMFest?"
My favorite thing about this weekend was running back and forth between stages and seeing nothing but smiles on my friend’s faces ... it was really wonderful seeing everyone at peace and just having a good time being themselves and enjoying their favorite music.
"RPM Fest was truly an incredible experience! We cannot thank every single band, fan, staff member enough!"
"We had an amazing time this past weekend at RPM Fest out in Greenfield. For those that missed it, hopefully you can make it next year, because what an awesome event. So many good bands, so many good people, it was quite surreal."
"The First RPM fest was awesome! What an honor being invited to play. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this event happen. Same time again next year?"
"Well... This weekend ruled. A big thank you to everyone who made RPM Fest possible and thanks to everyone who came. Playing for you all and hanging out and meeting you all was absolutely awesomeeeee."
"Just played RPM Fest in Greenfield, MA. What a great time. Thanks for having us!"
Honestly everything was perfect though.