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.”

Metallica Drop Off Sonic Temple & Louder Than Life Festivals

Metallica have dropped off the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Columbus, OH and the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY. The band cancelled so James Hetfield can continue to focus on his health and sobriety.

Hetfield commented:

“Dear Metallica Family,

It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville this year. As part of my continuing effort to get and stay healthy, I have critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved.

I apologize to all of our fans who have bought tickets for these festivals. We are working with the festival promoters to provide for refunds or exchanges. My intent with this statement is saying “I apologize” to each one of you.

The reality is that I have not prioritized my health in the past year of touring and I now know that my mental health comes first. That might sound like a no-brainer for most of you but I didn’t want to let the Metallica team/family down and, I alone, completely compromised myself.

Looking on the brighter side, my therapy is going well. It was absolutely necessary for me to look after my mental, physical, and spiritual health.

I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows.

I am looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all our great South American fans in April. And, of course, playing Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona and Aftershock in Sacramento. We will still play two unique sets at each of these festivals.

Beyond 2020, I am optimistic about the blessings I have been given and what the future brings. I appreciate all the great prayers and support from everyone since I went into rehab last September. Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult. Your understanding helps the healing.

– James“

Sonic Temple organizers have since recruited Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline the May 15 date of the festival and Tool to headline the May 17 date of the festival. However, it is still unclear who will be replacing Metallica at Louder Than Life.

Metallica, Slipknot, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Set For 2020 Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. The event will take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 15-17 and it will feature the following artists: Metallica, Slipknot, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Staind, Sublime With Rome, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Royal Blood, The Pretty Reckless, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Flatbush Zombies, Pop Evil, HELLYEAH, Ghostemane, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Dance Gavin Dance, Ice Nine Kills, Sleeping With Sirens, The Darkness, Knocked Loose, Code Orange, Power Trip, Saint Asonia, Dirty Honey, Jinjer, City Morgue, Bones UK, Airbourne, Fire From The Gods, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Des Rocs, Counterfeit, Crobot, Cherry Bombs, DED, Goodbye June, Brutus, 3TEETH, BRKN LOVE, Killstation Brass Against, Crown Lands, Ego Kill Talent, DREGG, Bloodywood, and Zero 9:36.

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.

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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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.

Foo Fighters, System Of A Down, Disturbed, Etc. Set For Inaugural Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the inaugural Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. The event, which is replacing the annual Rock On The Range festival, will be held on May 17-19 at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH and Foo Fighters, System Of A Down, and Disturbed will headline.

Here’s the full lineup:

Foo Fighters
System Of A Down
Disturbed
Bring Me The Horizon
The Prodigy
Ghost
Halestorm
Lamb Of God
Chevelle
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
The Cult
In This Moment
The Hives
Gojira
The Distillers
Meshuggah
Action Bronson
The Struts
Refused
Killswitch Engage
Parkway Drive
Black Label Society
Beartooth
Scars On Broadway
Architects
Tom Morello
Avatar
Pussy Riot
Bad Wolves
Fever 333
Mark Lanegan Band
Badflower
The Glorious Sons
Issues
Yungblud
H09909
Black Pistol Fire
Scarlxrd
Zeal & Ardor
Basement
The Black Dahlia Murder
Don Broco
Wage War
Hands Like Houses
While She Sleeps
Palaye Royale
Movements
Amigo The Devil
The Plot In You
Boston Manor
COUNTERFEIT.
Demob Happy
Teenage Wrist
The Pretty Vicious
Black Coffee
Shvpes
Dirty Honey
No1Cares
The Jacks

The festival will also include comedy performances from Andrew Dice Clay, Henry Rollins, Pauly Shore, etc., art installations, and more. Danny Wimmer (Danny Wimmer Presents) commented:

“I am so proud of what we accomplished with ‘Rock On The Range‘, and with the debut of ‘Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival‘, we’re excited to bring our devoted rock fans and the city of Columbus a one-of-a-kind, world-class event that expands on the festival experience. The idea behind ‘Sonic Temple‘ is walking into something bigger than yourself, where YOU belong, or where you were always meant to be. The crowd is unparalleled, and the energy is electrifying, like going to a place of worship. We want this festival to be a temple of rock n’ roll. We want this to be the ultimate rock experience for the true fans who love the genre as much as we do.”

Tickets will go on sale at noon EST on November 30.

Rock On The Range To Be Replaced By Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival

The Rock On The Range festival will be coming to end after 12 years. With this news, Danny Wimmer Presents have announced a new festival called the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. That event is set to take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 17-19. Danny Wimmer commented:

“I am so proud of what we accomplished with Rock On The Range, and we couldn’t have done it without our partnership with AEG. When we started Rock On The Range, there was no other festival in America quite like it but recently it became clear that we had different visions of where to take the festival next. The city of Columbus and our devoted rock fans deserve a one-of-a-kind, world-class festival, and that is exactly what Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will bring to MAPFRE Stadium.”