Trespass America Festival to be held at Santa Ana Star Center

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The Trespass America Festival will be making a stop on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

On the bill for this show are headliners Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid, Emmure, Pop Evil, Trivium, and opening the show will be newcomers Battlecross.

Photo courtesy of Tim Debo: Battlecross will headline the Trespass America Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Santa Ana Star Center. Other bands in the line up include Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid, Emmure, Pop Evil and Trivium.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime, being able to open for Killswitch Engage and 5FD,” said Hiran Deraniyagala, guitarist for Battlecross. “It is very humbling and we are very honored.

“We are getting a very good response from the audience and making some new fans. Many of the people are older, but we are seeing quite a few of the younger people also.”

Native to Detroit, Mich., Battlecross are Kyle Gunther, vocals; Tony Asta, guitar; Hiran Deraniyagala, guitar; Mike Kreger, drums; and Don Slater, bass.

Deraniyagala spoke of how he had high hopes for the future, saying, “In five to 10 years from now, I hope we are doing what 5FD is doing by headlining the tour, and traveling the world. But for now, we will take it as far as we can go.”

Being in a band is not just and adventure, it’s actually hard work for the dedicated musician.

“Battlecross has the drive and ambition to take them to the top by following their plan of making sure the band stays connected with their fans, show them you care,” he said. “In order to make it in the music business, I believe you should make sure your music is the best it can be, have a top notch produce, and practice, practice, practice.

“Most importantly, have good local, out-of-state, national and nation-wide music connections,” he said. “Build on those relationships, show them you have good work ethic and support others in your scene. People will root for that and every band needs that. Don’t take feedback too harshly, ignore it and rise above it. Eventually, people will come to you if you work hard, promote the quality of your band. Prove yourself.”

Santa Ana Star Center is the place to be on Saturday, Aug. 25. The show starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are on sale now ranging from $41.75 and $44.75.