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11 bands, 2 outdoor stages: New touring rock festival to invade Idaho Center in July

Sum 41, shown here performing in 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the bands coming to Nampa this summer for Disrupt Fest.
Sum 41, shown here performing in 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the bands coming to Nampa this summer for Disrupt Fest. Invision/AP

A major new rock festival has Boise headbangers in its sights this summer.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival is coming to the Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa on Wednesday, July 24. Hyped as “from the ashes of The Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Mayhem,” the 25-city concert event will include The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, Atreyu, Sleeping with Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Juliet Simms and Hyro the Hero. Along with two stages, Disrupt Fest will bring booths, games and exhibitions to entertain concertgoers.

“Fans will be immersed into a full-day interactive experience,” according to a press release, “where they will not only be able to see some of their favorite bands live, but will also be exposed to the latest in lifestyle brands and pop-up activations.”

Disrupt Fest ends a drought of major rock festivals in the Boise area for the past few years. The last one was the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which filled the Idaho Center Amphitheater with heavy metal in 2015.

Tickets to Disrupt Fest go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at ICTickets for $39.50 (first 500 sold), $45 (second 500 sold), $49.50 (normal general-admission) and $55 (day of show).

Online: rockstardisrupt.com.

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Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman. Since joining the newsroom as an intern in 1991, he has been a sportswriter and sports columnist, features editor and entertainment editor. Deeds also co-hosts “The Other Studio,” a one-hour music show, at 8 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
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