Frequently Asked Questions
This area focuses on a few often asked questions regarding the CDF Please check these out before contacting us. More questions and answers will be made availble soon to address other common inquries.
Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets will be available for pre-sale directly through this website beginning February 14th 2020. You will be able to click the TICKETS tab in the menu above and be taken directly to where all of our ticket options will be available for purchase on our online store. As always should you prefer to you can also pay directly at the door for your one, two or three day passes the day of show. Although beware by waiting not only would you miss out on any early bird price specials but typically as in year's past tickets will be more expensive if you choose to wait and pay at the door the day of the show. You would also be running the risk of tickets being potentially sold out by that time. So in all honesty ordering in advance online is definitely the best way to go.
Can my band play CDF 7?
While we at CDF would love to invite every band that requests to play each year to come play our fest it's just not possible with the sheer amount of requests we get every year. Generally we already have a pretty solid idea of who will be on the lineup long before announcements are even made however we still highly encourage you to share a link to your band's music with us via the CONTACT option on this website or directly to our email at the very least we will check it out when we have time. If we like what we hear and happen to have an available slot WE WILL CONTACT YOU. Constant spamming of our inboxes and asking to play repeatedly is annoying and will only get you blocked. Also be aware we generally only book Brutal Death/Slam, Grind or Old School Death Metal Bands we are not interested in changing our format or the style of bands that we feature on this fest.
Can I transfer my tickets if I cannot attend?
Yes! Should you purchase a ticket/s online to CDF 7 and are unable to attend for any reason you do have an option to sell or gift or transfer them to someone else. We are not responsible for any financial or other agreements made between yourself and the recipient. Once an agreement has been reached by both parties you can contact us via email to update the name on the ticket and we will take care of that immediately.
What is the closest Airport to the venue?
The Venue WIRE is located somewhere in between both O'Hare and Midway International Airports. Generally we recommend O'Hare over Midway as it's a typically a bit easier to navigate in/out of and more often than not prices are usually a bit lower depending on where you are traveling from plus it's also much closer to the hotels where most bands and fans stay when attending the festival.
Do you offer any Press Passes?
Short Answer is No. Anyone officially chosen to take pictures and/or video on our behalf is already contracted to do so. Despite this you ARE allowed and encouraged to bring your own camera to capture your own memories to share online or keep for private use. Anyone looking to do interviews with bands or CDF staff for their blog, website or youtube channel must contact us via email at
Is Re-Entry at the Venue Allowed?
Absolutely! As much you'd like as a matter of fact. We're well aware that all 3 days can feel like a pretty long time to be trapped inside without re-entry or opportunities to get food like some other venues do. Thankfully the Wire is quite easy going on the re-entry rule just be aware that due to venue policy any bags you bring into the venue if you go somewhere during the show and come back are subject to be searched upon re-entry. It should go without saying but absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed in the venue we are well aware that outside drinking does take place during the weekend.. our only advice is don't be dumb and get caught because that can carry some heavy consequences.
Is Hardcore Dancing really banned at CDF?
All we will say about this topic is this.. Nobody comes to this show to get hit in the face or head with a rouge elbow or spin kick we want everyone to have a good time enjoying the bands crush on stage and moshing is definitely encouraged but throwing intentional punches, elbows or kicks will not be tolerated and may result in you getting kicked out for being a dumbass.
I'm driving to the show where can I park my car?
The million dollar question... All of the parking in close proximity to the venue is street parking only. Typically it's not too difficult to find a good spot close by within walking distance just make sure you keep an eye out for permit only zones especially on the residential side streets because Berwyn police will give you a ticket if you're not careful about where you leave your car. Any spots directly in front of the venue and across the street are mainly reserved for band vehicles so they can load in/out much easier.
There is a small parking lot located behind the venue but just know that it is not owned by Wire but rather the Bouna Beef at the corner should you decide to park there you do run the risk of being towed so it is definitely best to avoid that lot if possible. They have been more vigilant during CDF weekend due to people going back there to party in their cars and leaving trash all over the place so now they're not too open to having fest attendees park there anymore..