May 15-18, 2025

The festival will return to The Rave/Eagles Ballroom from May 16-18, 2025 with the pre-party kicking off on May 15!

Due to the massive success of the second edition of Milwaukee Metal Festival, the iconic midwestern event is returning in 2025! The festival will take place once again at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom from May 16-18, 2025, with the pre-party kicking off on May 15. 

You know the festival will not disappoint, as this year's event absolutely exceeded expectations, which were already sky high! So don't wait to get your tickets and take advantage of the discounted price while it lasts! 

Milwaukee Metal Festival 2024 conquered The Rave/Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI last month with so many epic performances and surprises! Festivities kicked off with the pre-party on Thursday, May 16, with a headlining set from JASTA and Friends, in which Jamey Jasta joined forces with Bobby Blitz, Zetro, Bobby Hambel, Danny Diablo, and Hoya Roc, in which they rocked the house with original songs and fan favorites!

The three day festival kicked off on Friday afternoon, with fans lined up around the block to catch the openers, packing out the room from wall to wall for the first Century Media set of the day by USBM masters UADA. As No Echo writes, "the precision they brought to the stage showcased how a band listed as an 'opener' can perform like they are the only band on the lineup." The day was jammed with a mix of black metal, death metal, thrash, and of course, an epic block of power metal to close the evening from Hammerfall, Symphony X, Doro, Kamelot, and the weekend's first headliner, Blind Guardian.

Saturday also started with a bang, with newcomers Morbikon setting the tone for the day with their rip roaring energy and blackened speed while Long Island hardcore horde Internal Bleeding got interactive with the crowd, leaving the stage behind as they took the floor alongside the audience for their brutalizing showcase. Meanwhile, the crowd went crazy during Municipal Waste's now legendary performance, only rivaled by the Dunable Guitars/ headliners, Belushi Speed Ball, whose set was described by Metal Insider as "an all-out (NERF) war in the bar, with people throwing trash cans, toilet paper, and assorted other objects around in a moshpit that filled most of the space."

Of course, highlights also include The Red Chord's flawless performance, the long-awaited reunion of Soilent Green, epic album plays by Death to All and Terrorizer, and of course, co-organizer Jamey Jasta's own Hatebreed who really delivered the PMA. Katatonia adapted to a new guitarist as one of their own had travel issues, but the fans were still moved nevertheless by their somber and beautiful music while Mr. Bungle closed out the night with their legendary lineup and a mix of originals and covers.

Despite the relentless energy exerted from the fans over the first few days, they did not at all slow down by the final day. With hangovers and bangovers, festival goers once again arrived bright and early for Sunday's openers, with death metal newcomers Stabbing and Milwaukee mainstays Casket Robbery stealing the early show with their blistering brutality. Death to All returned for a second album play, this time to a larger room, setting the tone for an epic second half of the final day with stunners like Gatecreeper, I Am Morbid, Lacuna Coil, Avatar, Skeletal Remains, In Flames, and Slaughter to Prevail made sure the festival ended with a bang!

As Knotfest eloquently stated on the festival's conclusion, "Framing the scope of the festival - with a reverence for the classics while still nurturing the contemporary - the final day of Milwaukee Metal Fest perfectly summarized the bigger picture in resurrecting the festival brand. Combining the classic with contemporary, year two further asserted the importance of the fest and properly set the stage for the next edition in 2025."

Milwaukee Metal Fest returns in:

This will be an indoor/outdoor event utilizing multiple stages in The Rave/Eagles Club, and our Eagles Craft Beer Garden outside with half a dozen food trucks, craft beers and liquor,  and patio tables. Grab a bite, a drink and a seat between bands, and then head back in for your next band. 

  • Location: The Rave/Eagles Club
  • This is an all ages show
  • This is a general admission (standing) show
  • For ADA Seating, call 414-342-7283
  • Box office open until end of show
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Credit/Debit cards accepted at all bars
  • ATMs available
  • Coat Check available on lower level
  • Hand Sanitizer Stations available


Zero interest payment plans available through Payments plans are 1% down for a limited time. Spread your payments out thru multiple months.

  Milwaukee Metal Fest Pre-Party
  Thursday, May 15, 2025
The Rave/Eagles Club
  Milwaukee Metal Fest
  Friday, May 16, 2025
The Rave/Eagles Club
  Milwaukee Metal Fest
  Saturday, May 17, 2025
The Rave/Eagles Club
  Milwaukee Metal Fest
  Sunday, May 18, 2025
The Rave/Eagles Club