Deviants Rejoice The Cult at the 2014 Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Sturgis, SD (May 27, 2014) – The main stage at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will take a pounding on Saturday, Aug. 2 when The Cult lets loose before a sea of fans. The band has been described as heavy metal revivalists with a touch of pseudo-mysticism inspired by The Doors, and this heavy-handed beat is guaranteed to bring fans to their feet.

“The Cult bombards their fans with a rock beat that strikes a solid chord with Buffalo Chip fans,” says Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, Rod Woodruff. “These guys have built a dedicated following over the years.  We’re thrilled they’re going to be part of the party this year.” 

Concert attendees can expect the same recipe of hard-alternative, heavy-metal and gothic-punk rock the British band has been creating since the release of its first album, “Dreamtime,” in 1984. The Cult’s epic journey through personal tragedies helped the band create music that reaches deep within the soul. Lead singer and founding band member, Ian Astbury, began his career following anarchist punk bands in Liverpool, living in squats and forming musical synapsis that would later lead to the creation of the early Cult hits such as “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Fire Woman” that will charge up fans with their electric live Sturgis Buffalo Chip music and motorcycle festival performance. Guitarist and founding band member, Billy Duffy, was heavily influenced by Manchester’s ‘80s punk rock movement. By the time The Cult released its third album, “Electric” Duffy was leading the band into a metal-blues sound. The eclectic beginnings of these two songwriters gelled and quickly garnered a dedicated following for the band. 

The Cult is the first band announced to play the Sturgis Buffalo Chip main stage on the nine-day festival’s first Saturday. Bands sharing the stage with The Cult will be announced soon. The line-up to date includes:

Friday, Aug. 1 – To be announced soon
Saturday, Aug 2 – The Cult
Sunday, Aug. 3 – Lynyrd Skynyrd and Collective Soul
Monday, Aug. 4 – Zac Brown Band and John Mayall
Tuesday, Aug. 5 – Mötley Crüe – The Final Tour with Alice Cooper
Wednesday, Aug. 6 – ZZ Top and Florida Georgia Line
Thursday, Aug. 7 – Train and Pop Evil
Friday, Aug. 8 –Cheap Trick and The Pretty Reckless
Saturday, Aug. 9 – To be announced soon

Passes for the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ may be reserved online at or by calling 605-347-9000. 

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