2020 Sonic Temple, Welcome To Rockville, & Epicenter Festivals Cancelled, Fourth Day Added To Louder Than Life

The 2020 Sonic Temple, Welcome To Rockville, and Epicenter Festivals have officially been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there is some good news. Organizers have decided to extend Louder Than Life to four days with Metallica set to headline the additional date on September 17.

Danny Wimmer Presents issued the following statement:

“There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time. Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible.

We know you have been anxious for updates from us and we are at a point where we can answer many of your questions about how each of our festivals may be affected by COVID-19.

We are crushed to say that Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple are being canceled due to the governmental restrictions on mass gatherings. We respect these directives and recognize they are in the best interest of the greater good, as well as the health and safety of our fans, musicians, partners, and staff.

Before accepting this fate, we worked really hard to try to reschedule the festivals. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts, venue availabilities and a number of other factors out of our control made postponing impossible. Make no mistake, each of these festivals will return in May 2021 bigger and stronger than ever!

Let’s be perfectly clear — FULL REFUNDS will be available to everyone who has purchased passes to Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple.

In addition to offering refunds, many of you have said that you would prefer to apply your 2020 purchases towards next year or exchange your pass for another one of our 2020 festivals. Based on your feedback, we are offering pass holders three options:

(1) Full refund
(2) Apply your pass to 2021
(3) Exchange your pass for another 2020 DWP festival

Complete details will be emailed out to our pass holders within 72 hours.

We also know that you are anxious to find out who is playing Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond and Aftershock. Please understand that here at DWP, we’ve been debating when it is appropriate to announce our lineups and put passes on sale for our remaining festivals.

Our heads say we need to hold off on these announcements until we have more certainty in the world. But our hearts say the world needs positivity and some things to look forward to. We’ve been paying close attention to what you are saying on our social media and two themes consistently emerge

First, you do want something to remind you of the better days ahead. Second, times are financially hard for all of us.

While we want nothing more than to give you the full lineups for Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life, we just don’t feel like it’s the right time. But we did hear you loud and clear that you want some good news. And good news we have.

We are adding a Thursday to 2020 Louder Than Life and, are you ready . . . the newly added Thursday will be headlined by none other than Metallica. Yes, Metallica is back! We simply couldn’t accept that after all we’ve gone through together this year that there would be no Metallica performance East of the Mississippi. And Metallica agrees!

To assist you in the current financial climate, all current pass holders for Louder Than Life will be given the 4th day FREE. We are also deferring the next installment payment on the layaway plan for a month. And we will leave open the refund option for Louder Than Life through Friday, March 27 in case you need your money back.

To try to make passes a little more affordable right now, anyone who wants to buy a pass for Louder Than Life can reserve a pass for $1 down per pass, with payments not starting until May 3 and split up evenly in May, June, July and August.

We have also arranged for many of the bands from Sonic, Epicenter and Rockville to play at Louder Than Life and will be announcing that as soon as we feel appropriate. Because we were not able to reschedule the Spring festivals, we want Louder Than Life to be an inclusive celebration of all of those festivals. It’s not a perfect solution, but these are imperfect times. It is our sincere hope that we are all able to heal together with massive celebrations this Fall.

While we don’t know if this pandemic will end in time for Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond or Aftershock, rest assured that all passes will be refunded in the unfortunate event that any of these festivals are prevented from happening because of COVID- 19.

We want to thank you for your continued loyalty and support. We are blessed to have such an amazing Festival Family, and together, as a community, we will get through this. Please stay safe and look out for each other.

With Love, Team DWP”

Danny Wimmer Presents On The Fate Of 2020 Sonic Temple, Welcome To Rockville, & Epicenter Festivals: “As Soon As We Have A Definitive Direction, We’ll Be In Touch”

With virtually every music related event being postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, many fans have wondered if the Sonic Temple, Welcome To Rockville, and Epicenter Festivals will still be happening in May. There are no definitive answers, but Danny Wimmer Presents did issue the following statement:

“We know you are anxious for an update regarding the status of our May festivals: Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple. Information is changing incredibly fast and we are assessing the situation very carefully with health professionals and government officials. As soon as we have a definitive direction, we’ll be in touch and will be making an announcement here. Thank you for your patience in these uncertain times, stay tuned and stay safe.”

Disturbed, Deftones, Godsmack, Staind, Etc. Added To 2020 Epicenter Festival

More bands have been added to the 2020 Epicenter Festival. The event will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on May 1-3 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

May 1: Metallica, Godsmack, Papa Roach, David Lee Roth, Royal Blood, I Prevail, Ghostemane, Ice Nine Kills, The Darkest, Starset, Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front New Years Day, Bones UK, Fire From The Gods, 3TEETH, Nascar Aloe, Joyous Wolf, Killstation, Stitched Up Heart, Hero The Band, and Through Fire.

May 2: Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Staind, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Alter Bridge, Code Orange, Of Mice & Men, Saint Asonia, Jinjer, Crown The Empire, Anti-Flag, City Morgue, The Chats, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Clint Lowery, BRKN Love, Brutus, Toothgrinder, Brass Against, Selfish Things, Zero 9:36, and Like Machines.

May 3: Metallica, Deftones, Volbeat, Gojira, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, HELLYEAH, Bad Wolves, Hollywood Undead, Sleeping With Sirens, Power Trip, The Amity Affliction, Des Rocs, Goodbye June, Airbourne, Stray From The Path, Plague Vendor, Ego Kill Talent, Higher Power, and Skynd.

Metallica To Play Two Headlining Sets At Five U.S. Festivals Next Year

Metallica have officially been confirmed as the headliners for the 2020 Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, Sonic Temple, Louder Than Life, and Aftershock festivals. The band will play two different sets at every event, with one taking place on Friday and one taking place on Sunday.

The band commented:

“You know we love a challenge, so when Danny Wimmer Presents invited us to headline all five of their spring/fall U.S. rock festivals, that sounded like great fun. But play two separate sets on two nights in the same weekend? Definitely count us in! In another Metallica first, we’ll be playing at all five of the Wimmer rock festivals in 2020 with two separate sets, one on Friday night, one on Sunday night.”

Here’s the dates for each festival:

* Epicenter: May 1-3 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway
* Welcome To Rockville: May 8-10 – Daytona Beach, FL – Daytona International Speedway
* Sonic Temple: May 15-17 – Columbus, OH – MAPFRE Stadium
* Louder Than Life: September 18-20 – Louisville, KY – Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center
* Aftershock: October 9-11 – Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park

Fan club members and past purchasers will be able to get tickets today (October 10) at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 14 at 12 noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. $.25 cents from each ticket sold through November 19 will go towards Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation.

Dates Revealed For 2020 Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, & Sonic Temple Festivals

The dates have been revealed for the 2020 Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, and Sonic Temple festivals. Epicenter will take place on May 1-3. Welcome To Rockville will be take place on May 8-10 and Sonic Temple will take place on May 15-17. It’s also worth noting that Welcome To Rockville will be moving to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL this time around.

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Epicenter 2020: May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Save The Date!

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RETURN TO THE TEMPLE: May 15TH, 16TH, and 17TH, 2020

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Papa Roach, The Crystal Method, & The Cult To Replace The Prodigy At Upcoming Festivals

As previously reported, The Prodigy have cancelled all their upcoming shows following the tragic death of Keith Flint. Now, their replacements have been announced for a number of U.S. festivals. They include The Crystal Method, who will be performing at Welcome To Rockville on May 3 and at Epicenter on May 10, Papa Roach, who will be performing at Sonic Temple on May 18, and The Cult, who will be performing at Chicago Open Air on May 19.

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The music community was dealt another incredible loss on March 4th with the untimely passing of @TheProdigyOfficial’s Keith Flint. As part of the group’s first North American tour in a decade, they were scheduled to play #WelcometoRockville this year and we are devastated they will no longer be able to perform. @TheCrystalMethod has stepped in to bring you an unforgettable performance in their place.⁣ ⁣ The Crystal Method on Prodigy:⁣ ⁣ “I like so many have been shocked by the sad reality that another iconic and influential member of the music community has taken their own life. I personally want to send my deepest condolences to Keith’s wife and family… and to his band mates. In the dozen or so times TCM shared a stage or played a festival with The Prodigy, I witnessed some phenomenal performances. Liam’s beats and propulsive sound was the sonic Fuck Yeah that so many of us old school ravers needed while Keith’s raw combustible energy and cyber punk persona served up the right amount of Fuck You to the establishment! I never really hung out with Keith and only had the briefest of personal interaction with him but he was always kind and I know he will be missed. #RIP”

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The music community was dealt another incredible loss on March 4th with the untimely passing of @TheProdigyOfficial’s Keith Flint. As part of the group’s first North American tour in a decade, they were scheduled to play #EpicenterFestival this year and we are devastated they will no longer be able to perform. @TheCrystalMethod has stepped in to bring you an unforgettable performance in their place.⁣ ⁣ The Crystal Method on Prodigy:⁣ ⁣ “I like so many have been shocked by the sad reality that another iconic and influential member of the music community has taken their own life. I personally want to send my deepest condolences to Keith’s wife and family… and to his band mates. In the dozen or so times TCM shared a stage or played a festival with The Prodigy, I witnessed some phenomenal performances. Liam’s beats and propulsive sound was the sonic Fuck Yeah that so many of us old school ravers needed while Keith’s raw combustible energy and cyber punk persona served up the right amount of Fuck You to the establishment! I never really hung out with Keith and only had the briefest of personal interaction with him but he was always kind and I know he will be missed. #RIP”⁣

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Light The Torch, The Interrupters, Ded, Etc. Added To 2019 Epicenter Festival

Light The Torch, The Interrupters, Ded, Dead Girls Academy and Tetrarch have all been added to the 2019 Epicenter Festival. The event, which is replacing Carolina Rebellion, will take place at the Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina on May 10-12 and the updated daily lineups can be found below.

May 10: Korn, Rob Zombie, The Prodigy, Evanescence, Machine Gun Kelly, Meshuggah, Skillet, Beartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Dorothy, Black Pistol Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Wilson, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Amigo The Devil, Ded, Arrested Youth, Vein, and Black Coffee.

May 11: Tool, Judas Priest, The Cult, Bush, Black Label Society, Circa Survive, Yelawolf, Motionless In White, The Damned Things, Starset, Grandson, Badflower, Memphis May Fire, Light The Torch, Wage War, Crobot, Dead Girls Academy, Sylar, Counterfeit., Pretty Vicious, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Hyde, and Tetrarch.

May 12: Foo Fighters, Bring Me The Horizon, 311, +Live+, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Architects, The Interrupters, Tom Morello, Fever 333, Reignwolf, Yungblud, The Glorious Sons, Ho99o9, While She Sleeps, Basement, Scarlxrd, Movements, Teenage Wrist, Demob Happy, Boston Manor, Cleopatrick, and The Dirty Nil.

In other news, organizers have also announced that Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine of “That Metal Show” will be reuniting at the festival. They said the following:

“The rants, the debates, the rock star interviews and yes…Stump The Trunk are back! May 10 and 11, the 3 amigos of That Metal Show will be live onstage at the country’s biggest rock festival–EPICENTER–and we couldn’t be more stoked. The Boys Are Back In Town!”