Danny Elfman performed a melody of hits at Sick New World. Fans got to relive The SImpsons, Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas and Onigo Boingo.

The festival that keeps on giving. Sick New World just wrapped their second edition to the mega alternative-metal fest featuring headliners: System of a Down, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon And Danny Elfman. 72 acts performed over a 12 hour period on back-to-back stages creating the ultimate viewing experience.

Instant nostalgia doesn’t come close to what this festival represents for many hardcore music fans. Vegas locals are very familiar with Vans’ Warped Tour and Xtreme Thing, RIP. This one day festival reminisces on stereotypical emotive subculture while highlighting genres of music that don’t always get mainstream love. The Las Vegas Festival Grounds became a community hub for celebrating life in it’s true glory.

Festival Installations, Four Stages And Vegas Heat

10 feet tall devils and nightmare scene characters welcomed guests underneath the signature photo-arch. Devil doll-like blow up art installations were located amongst the black top for photo-opts. A foodie’s paradise offered everything from pizza, burgers, rice bowls and beer in what the fest called Kulture City.

Four Sick New World 2024 characters stand in front of the main archway photo-opt.
(Photo by Valeria Avalos via Sick New World 2024) Sick New World Festival 2024 took place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Over 72 performances took place over a 12 hour period.
The Sick New World 2024 Archway with crowds surrounding it.
(Photo by Valeria Avalos via Sick New World 2024) Sick New World 2024 hosts the infamous arch way photo-opt. Festival goers make memories with photos.

The hardest decision a festival goer has to make is deciding which artists to watch and on what stages. Diablo, Siren, Spiral, Gold and Red were the five options with a sick line-up of performances on each. Red and Gold were focused on the well-known acts where Siren and Spiral hosted medium to bigger name bands and Diablo which generally focused on growing baby bands.

Vegas is funny when it comes to weather. The end of April and start of May becomes hot and the morning to mid afternoon were nothing short of the Vegas heat. As the night rose, the weather cooled but we have no complaints. No wind, no rain and who’s to say a little sun burnt never hurt.

Sick New World 2024 Performances To Watch

Live Nation and C3 Presents highlighted metalcore roots for an unforgettable festival experience. Below we chose three artists/bands’ performances that are still transcending time. Enjoy!

  • Bad Omens

    Mid-afternoon was nothing short of exciting with Bad Omens. The leader of the pack, Noah Sebastian, hit the stage at 4:10 p.m. on the Gold Stage with “ARTIFICAL SUICIDE.” Bad Omens kept everyone on their toes as surprise singer, Poppy came out during “V.A.N.” She moved melodically to the beat giving fans what they came for… A great show! Noah sang with grit and passion in his eyes during “Limits” (2019), “Dethrone” (2019), “Just Pretend” (2022). 

    Bad Omens singer, Noah Sebastian, sings into a microphone at Sick New World 2024.

    (Photo by Chelsa Christensen) Avalos via Sick New World 2024) Bad Omens takeover the Gold stage at Sick New World. Surprise guest Poppy comes out to perform “V.A.N.” with them.

  • Danny Elfman

    Danny Elfman is a genius and almost creature-like when LIVE on stage. His body posture bends to the music with harsh turns and wide arm flares. The facial expressions match with wide open eyes on loud moments to inward chest on softer moments. He entered the Red stage at 7:10 p.m. where he performed in front of a band, orchestra and choir. His catalog of songs performed consisted of Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man Party” (1985), “BeetleJuice” (1988), The Batman theme song (1989), The Simpsons theme song (1989) and of course, Nightmare Before Christmas’ “This Is Halloween” and “Jack’s Lament” (1993). One of our favorite songs that he performed was one of his new releases, “Happy.” (2020)  

    Danny Elfman performs at Sick New World 2024. Green hue of light shines on and around him.

    Danny Elfman performed a melody of hits at Sick New World. Fans got to relive The SImpsons, Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas and Onigo Boingo.

  • Bring Me The Horizon

    Oli Sykes, lead singer, came to play a hard show and one to be remembered. Bring Me The Horizon entered around 8:20 p.m. The introduction featured a futuristic robotic creature that hyped the fans. “DArkSide” opened the night from their ‘POST HUMAN : NEx GEn album’ with confetti pops and head bangs. Their eleven song setlist smashed with “Teardrops”, “Shadow Moses”, “Drone”, “Throne” and LosT.”

    The final moments with the band were soul healing as some might say. During the end of “Can You Feel My Heart” he shouted to the crowd, “if you don’t jump up and down, you’re a certified d–khead.” Most pits were now formed filled with sweat, body contact and freedom. One of the best performances of the festival. 

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