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.

Metallica Rumored To Headline 2020 Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Etc. Festivals

Metallica recently launched a mysterious countdown timer online and it seems we may now know what they are teasing. The websites for a number of festivals, Sonic Temple, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, and Welcome To Rockville, have been “hacked” and are displaying a message that says the admins “have until 10/10 12PT to give [the hackers] what [they] want.” That happens to be the same time Metallica’s clock is set to end. On top of that, some fans also found out that the band’s website has ties to promoter Danny Wimmer Presents.

Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot, Staind, Disturbed, Etc. Set For 2019 Louder Than Life Festival

The lineup has officially been announced for the 2019 Louder Than Life festival. The event will take place on September 27-29 at the Highland Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY. Here’s the daily lineups:

September 27: Slipknot, Staind, A Day To Remember, Chevelle, I Prevail, Architects, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Gwar, The Crystal Method, Graveyard, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, New Years Day, All Them Witches, Crown Lands, Joyous Wolf Dead Posey, and Santa Cruz.

September 28: Guns N’ Roses, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Halestorm, Dropkick Murphys, Stone Temple Pilots, Suicidal Tendencies, Melvins, Andrew W.K., Badflower, Knocked Loose, Anti-Flag, Redd Kross, Parlor Mob, Like A Storm, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Ded, and Junkbunny.

September 29: Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Die Antwoord, Three Days Grace, Sum 41, Deadland Ritual, White Reaper, Demon Hunter, Ho99o9, Angel Du$t, Sick Puppies, Amigo The Devil, Fire From The Gods, Broken Hands, and Anemic Royalty.

Guns N’ Roses To Perform At 2019 Louder Than Life Festival

Guns N’ Roses have been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year’s Louder Than Life festival. That event will take place at the Highland Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY on September 27-29. Further artists will be revealed on April 8.

2018 Louder Than Life Cancelled

The 2018 Louder Than Life Festival has been cancelled “due to unsafe conditions resulting from ongoing rain and flooding at the festival site.” The event, which was supposed to take place on September 28-30 at Champions Park in Lousville, Kentucky, was set to feature Alice in Chains, Godsmack, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Dear Louder Than Life fans,

It is with deep regret that we inform you that this weekend’s Louder Than Life festival has been canceled due to unsafe conditions resulting from ongoing rain and flooding at the festival site—Champions Park. After carefully inspecting the grounds and infrastructure this evening, the City and we have determined that it is no longer possible to make the festival site safe in time for this weekend.

We appreciate the outpouring of support from our fans, the numerous offers to come out and help, and the herculean efforts of the City of Louisville in trying to make the festival happen. The one thing we will never sacrifice is the safety of our fans, bands, staff and patrons.

Before making the decision to cancel the festival, we looked at every option, from moving the event to another location to breaking the event up into smaller events in various venues. Unfortunately, it’s not logistically possible, and the weather is just not cooperating. It is not safe to attempt to move equipment, and replacement equipment is not available.

We are so proud of this year’s festival experience that included incredible music, a showcase for Louisville’s great food scene, and of course an unparalleled offering of Kentucky bourbon, and more. We’re so disappointed to not get the chance to share all of this with you. This year’s Louder Than Life was going to be the momentous experience you all deserve.

We will be back next year even bigger and better, and look forward to continuing our relationship with our incredible fans and this great city.

As a result of this cancelation, DWP will be offering full refunds for all ticket, official hotel and camping package purchases.

For those who purchased via Front Gate Tickets via internet or phone, orders will be processed automatically. Please allow up to 3 weeks for charges to be processed.

For any further questions or assistance, please email info@dwpresents.com.”

Vinnie Paul All-Star Tributes To Be Held At Louder Than Life & Aftershock Festivals

This year’s Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals will be hosting some special all-star tributes for the late Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH, etc.). The sets are being curated by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin and they will feature various artists performing Pantera and Damageplan covers.

Members of the following bands will be participating:

Louder Than Life: Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, HELLYEAH, Sevendust, GWAR, Bullet For My Valentine, Body Count, Kyng, Cane Hill, and more.

Aftershock: Korn, Godsmack, Deftones, HELLYEAH, Shinedown, Sevendust, GWAR, Kyng, Emmure, and more.

Mangin commented:

“Vinnie is an idol turned big time friend, and he left a massive void on this earth. When Danny [Wimmer] and Gary [Spivack] asked me to put together something special for Vin, I knew the best way to pay tribute to him would be to throw a Texas-sized jam session belting out Pan-mutha-fukkin-tera songs loud & proud! Everyone involved is doing this because they love Vinnie, and together we can all carry on his name, music and spirit forever!”

Louder Than Life will be held on September 28-30 at Champions Park in Louisville, KY and Aftershock will be held on October 13-14 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA.

Alice In Chains To Replace Avenged Sevenfold At 2018 Louder Than Life Festival

Considering Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows is currently dealing with vocal issues, the band have dropped off the Louder Than Life Festival. Alice In Chains will now be taking their place. In other news, organizers have also announced that Bad Wolves and Spirit Animal have dropped off the festival as well. Skyharbor and Anemic Royalty will be taking over for them. The event will take place at Champions Park in Louisville, KY on September 28-30.