Mansfield Ohio INKcarceration Festival Sets Attendance Record
Last weekend INKcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival set an attendance record with 75,000 fans at the three-day sold-out event at the Ohio State Reformatory.
After initially selling the event out in just three weeks, festival co-producers Danny Wimmer Presents were able to distribute a limited number of additional passes to audiences to allow as many fans as possible.
âPeople have been waiting a very long time and they were ready,â said Chamie McCurry of Danny Wimmer Presents. “They arrived early and stayed late. The atmosphere at the festival was electric.”
DWP reported that more than 95% of festival-goers arrived with full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, and others were able to receive a quick and convenient test on site in order to access the event without delay.
âWe wanted to get them in as quickly as possible so they could come in and enjoy their celebration,â McCurry said.
Line-up included Rob Zombie, Slipknot and Mudvayne
INKcarceration featured massive lineup with some of rock and metal’s biggest names, including headliners Slipknot, Rob Zombie, and the long-awaited return of Mudvayne.
Other highlights included an all-instrumental set from Badflower after singer Josh Katz lost his voice but continued with the show.
Many performers have also expressed immense emotion upon their return to the festival stage after two years, including New Year’s Ash Costello, who broke down in tears after helping kick off the festivities on Friday.
Next year, INKcarceration will return in midsummer, with dates July 15-17. Passes are available now for just $ 1 down at bit.ly/ink2022. General admission is $ 164.99 and VIP tickets are $ 379.99 for all three days.
âWe’ve moved the date (for this year’s festival) to fall,â McCurry said. âWe were playing a little medium (with the COVID situation), but we thought fall would be a better time to run the festival.â
Ohio State Reform Prison gearing up for the event
In addition to enjoying the diverse music lineup, fans were able to schedule appointments with over 50 tattoo artists and participate in nightly tattoo contests, as well as receive free tours of the famous Ohio State Reformatory Prison.
There was also a wide selection of gourmet food and drink, from camping and the return of the award-winning Haunted House Escape From Blood Prison attraction.
The historic OSR building and grounds provided the perfect setting for INKcarceration, and participants were able to participate in self-guided tours.
The huge site with Romanesque architecture is recognized as the location for several Hollywood films, including “The Shawshank Redemption”.
INKcarceration is co-produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, one of America’s largest independent destination music festival producers, and Daniel Janssen, one of the founders and CEO of INKcarceration.