Louder Than Life is a rock and metal event that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The event is known to also feature whiskey, craft beer, gourmet food and multiple exhibits. It has made a large economic impact on the city of Louisville.
The first Louder Than Life was a two-day festival hosted at Champions Park in 2014. The 2015 festival also featured live matches between wrestlers from WWE NXT. In 2018 the festival was cancelled due to continuing rain and deteriorating conditions at Champions Park. The festival was expanded to three days in 2019 and moved to the Kentucky Exposition Center to prevent flooding. The 2020 festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021 the festival was expanded to four days.
The Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC), is a large multi-use facility in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Originally built in 1956. It is overseen by the Kentucky Venues and is the sixth largest facility of its type in the U.S., with 1,300,000 square feet (120,000 m2) of indoor space. KEC has two arenas (Broadbent Arena and Freedom Hall), almost 700,000 sq. ft of Class A exhibit space, nearly 500 acres of outdoor planning space (on grass and concrete).
KEC hosts a number of events, including the Kentucky State Fair, the North American International Livestock Exposition, the VEX Robotics World Championships and the National Farm Machinery Show. It is located adjacent to I-65 and the Henry Watterson Expressway, as well as the Louisville International Airport.