New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

by Shelly Barclay

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is a metal and hardcore concert that occurs in Worcester, Massachusetts, every year. It is weekend-long event with general admission, meaning that fans do not have to sit or stand based on their ticket. They can sit on the balcony or stand on the floor in front of the stage.


The genres of metal and hardcore music are broad, incorporating sub genres such as hardcore punk, gore and mainstream metal. Because of this, wide varieties of bands and genres have been part of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. Examples of bands that play the festival include GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, Blood Has Been Shed, Shadows Fall, Lacuna Coil, Hatebreed and 80s metal hair band Megadeth. These bands do not provide innocent family fun. In fact, it is a good idea for people who take offense to metal to give the Worcester Palladium a wide berth during the New England Hardcore & Metal Festival.

The Venue

Since its inception in 1999, the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has taken place at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Palladium typically hosts the festival in late winter or spring, although the date can change from year to year. The venue allows fans of all ages to enter the festival. It is indoor and can be full to capacity during the festival weekend. Worcester is the second-largest city in Massachusetts. There are numerous inns and hotels in the area of the Palladium, some within walking distance. People who travel from out of town to see the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival should try to find lodging nearby.


The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival draws fans of all ages, styles and attitudes. There are people with hair of all colors and hairstyles that defy gravity. Body piercing and tattoos are the norm at this concert, and clothing ranges from barely there to trench coats and large hats. Most fans are not people who go with the mainstream. Some of them are reserved, but most are loud and rambunctious. Visitors to the festival who do not enjoy physical contact should avoid the angry looking people on the floor in front of the stage. This is typically the place where hardcore fans start mosh pits at the Palladium. However, there is security at the show that searches fans for weapons and drugs upon entering the venue.


The atmosphere of the New England Metal & Hardcore festival is charged. There is a lot of energy: The music is loud and there is adrenaline flowing. The atmosphere can be one of togetherness and shared interests with people hugging, laughing and shouting hardcore music together, but that can change quickly if a mosh pit gets too personal or people start pushing toward the stage at once.

About the Author

Shelly Barclay began writing in 1990, focusing on fiction. She has been writing nonfiction articles since 2008. Her work appears on various websites, focusing on topics such as history, cooking, scrapbooking, travel and animals. Before she began writing, Barclay was a line cook for 10 years.