Last weekend, some of rock and metal’s finest artists descended upon Chicago for the biggest edition of Chicago Open Air. The likes of Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and Bullet for My Valentine all showed Chicago’s Toyota Park what they were made of in front of tens of thousands of excited revellers. We sent Christian Sarkine into the photo pit to document what went down at the festival, and you can check out the first part of his performance report below.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

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MARILYN MANSON

MANSON

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

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BEARTOOTH

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PERIPHERY

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LETLIVE.

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Check back soon for Part 2, featuring Miss May I, Deafheaven, Hatebreed and We Came as Romans.