Quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier rock festivals, INKCARCERATION is truly a unique festival experience featuring some of the top names in Rock music on two outdoor stages, tattoo artists from all over the country, Reformatory tours, gourmet food, camping, and more.

The Festival takes place in Mansfield, OH with the stunning backdrop of the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank Prison. The Ohio State Reformatory, considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption. The Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a two to three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. This is the perfect destination festival! Additionally, INKCARCERATION features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience!

 2019 LINEUP

Shinedown | Godsmack | Five Finger Death Punch | +Live+ | Taking Back Sunday | Seether | Skillet | I Prevail | Starset | Motionless in White | Red Sun Rising | P.O.D. | Fozzy | Buckcherry | The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus | Andrew W.K. | Issues | Stabbing Westward | Light The Torch | From Ashes to New | Smile Empty Soul | Eyes Set To Kill | Broken Hands | Awake at Last | The Funeral Portrait | Raven Black | The Everyday Losers | Impending Lies | Kerbera | Adrift on River Styx | Rivals | Titans in Time | Scattered Hamlet | Monster Dolls

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2018 LINEUP

Rise Against | A Day To Remember | Bush | Black Label Society | Clutch | Our Lady Peace | Suicidal Tendencies | Hatebreed | Fuel | Of Mice and Men | Sevendust | Adelitas Way | Corrosion Of Conformity | Living Colour | Lit | Life of Agony | Alien Ant Farm | DevilDriver | Soil | Bad Omens | Dead Girls Academy | 68 | Through Fire | All About A Bubble | Akadia | Fear the Fallen | Avenues | Hope for the Hollow | Nikol | The Unlawful | Absolute Hero | Hellzapoppin Circus Side Show

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QUOTES

Our first time at INKCARCERATION festival was amazing! From the staff to the crowd to the beautiful backdrop of “Shawshank Prison” – we couldn’t have asked for a better day to play rock ‘n’ roll to an amazing group of humans! We were honored to headline Friday night of the second annual festival. We can’t wait to come back!
— Zach Myers of Shinedown
Shinedown at Inkcarceration July 12th 2019  Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

Shinedown at Inkcarceration July 12th 2019

Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

We revisited the Mansfield Ohio State Reformatory, where back in 2000 we shot our “Awake” video. We carved the words “Pain is caused by pleasure” on the wall for the video - that is now a permanent part of the building and the guided tours they do there. You can see that same shot in the music video as well. It’s also the same location where “Shawshank Redemption” was filmed, which is one of my all-time favorite movies and why we had chosen this location to begin with. Definitely brought us down memory lane being back there. Thank you all for having us!
— -Sully Erna of Godsmack 
Godsmack at Inkcarceration July 13th 2019  Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

Godsmack at Inkcarceration July 13th 2019

Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

INKCARCERATION was a lot of fun for us. It’s a great setting for a festival and touring the Ohio State Reformatory was very cool.
— -John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday at Inkcarceration July 12th, 2019  Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

Taking Back Sunday at Inkcarceration July 12th, 2019

Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

I absolutely loved being at INKCARCERATION this year! The crowd was electric and the venue location makes it a one-of-a-kind festival.
— -John Cooper of Skillet
Skillet at Inkcarceration Festival July 12, 2019  Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

Skillet at Inkcarceration Festival July 12, 2019

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The INKCARCERATION festival was one of the most unique places I’ve ever partied. Deeply memorable experiences in location that’s overflowing with intense atmosphere.
— -Andrew W.K.
Andrew W.K. at Inkcarceration Festival July 13th 2019  Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

Andrew W.K. at Inkcarceration Festival July 13th 2019

Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

INKCARCERATION is the kind of festival that needs to be experienced and not just talked about. Doesn’t matter what music you like, what you look or dress like... there is something for you here. It’s impossible to not have a good time! Make this the last year you miss out – prison has never been so much fun!
— -Howard Jones of Light the Torch
Light the Torch at Inkcarceration July 13th 2019  Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

Light the Torch at Inkcarceration July 13th 2019

Photo Credit: Tyler Neading Film and Photography Instagram: @tneading

We had a blast at the Shawshank Prison… great festival, great location. We were really excited about [performing] beforehand, and afterward we thought it was even better! Great people, great time… hopefully y’all will be coming back years and years later!
— -Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies at Inkcarceration Festival July 15th 2018

Suicidal Tendencies at Inkcarceration Festival July 15th 2018

INKCARCERATION was truly one of the best fests I’ve played. The line-up, the location, the catering, and the crew were all top notch and the DEVILDRIVER show was on fire thanks to the rowdiest crowd of the day! We are appreciative of the invite and would return in a heartbeat!
— -Dez Fafara of DevilDriver
DevilDriver at Inkcarceration Festival July 15th 2018

DevilDriver at Inkcarceration Festival July 15th 2018