Clutch announce first Earth Rocker festival


Clutch have revealed that they’ll hold their first Earth Rocker festival later this year.

The event will take place at Shiley Acres, Inwood, West Virginia, on May 20, with the full lineup of artists to be announced in due course. They’ve also confirmed a run of headline dates across the US leading up to the festival, with support from The Sword and Lucero.

And frontman Neil Fallon has revealed they’re starting to put the pieces in place for the follow-up to 2015’s Psychic Warfare.

Fallon says: “We did a whole bunch of touring in 2016. Right now, we’re cooling our heels and starting to kick around some riffs for the next record. We hope to be recording the LP come the end of the year. Where and with whom is yet to be determined.

“At the moment though, we’re really just at the beginning phase of writing and we already have a surplus of ideas.”

He adds: “In other news, this spring we will be hosting the first annual Earth Rocker festival. It’ll take place in Shiley Acres, West Virginia. We played at Shiley Acres last year and it was a real blast.

“Our intent is to have a really diverse bill. If all goes as planned, the Earth Rocker festival will continue as an annual event, hopefully growing in scope over the years.”

Following the dates in May, Clutch will head across to Europe for further shows, including Sweden Rock, Download and Hellfest.

Clutch 2017 tour dates

May 10: Asheville Highland Brewing Company, NC
May 12: Louisville Palace Theatre, KY
May 13: Grand Rapids 20 Monroe Live, MI
May 15: Brooklyn Steel, NY
May 16: Providence Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, RI
May 17: Port Chester The Capitol Theater, NY
May 19: Norfolk The Norva, VA
May 20: Inwood Earth Rocker Festival, WV
Jun 05: Vienna Rock In Vienna, Austria
Jun 06: Budapest Akvarium Klub, Hungary
Jun 07: Katoeice Mega Club, Poland
Jun 09: Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
Jun 11: Derby Download Festival, UK
Jun 14: Belfast Limelight, UK
Jun 15: Dublin Academy, Ireland
Jun 17: Dessel Festivalpark Stenehei, Belgium
Jun 18: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jul 14: Cadott Rock fest, WI
Jul 15: Bridgeview Chicago Open Air, IL

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