Independent Metal Festivals Join Forces For Virtual “European Metal Festival Alliance” Event

13 different independent metal festivals have joined forces to create the “European Metal Festival Alliance.” The festivals will be hosting a virtual event on August 7-9 featuring exclusive performances, interviews, and more.

The following statement was issued:

“🤘🏻 THE EUROPEAN METAL FESTIVAL ALLIANCE! 🤘🏻

Summer 2020 is a very different landscape from the usual event-packed few months, so to maintain a sense of community, 13 of the best independent metal festivals in Europe has joined forces to create a unique online event for both bands and fans!

The European Metal Festival Alliance is a joint venture between Alcatraz (Belgium), ARTmania (Romania), Bloodstock (UK), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), Dynamo (Netherlands), Into The Grave (Netherlands), Leyendas Del Rock (Spain), Metal Days (Slovenia), Midgardsblot (Norway), Motocultor (France), Party.San (Germany), Resurrection (Spain) and Summer Breeze (Germany).

A special streaming event will take place across the weekend of 7th-9th August offering exclusive live performances from a selection of yet-to-be-revealed artists chosen by each festival, as well as exclusive new interviews, and more. As a fundraiser for the beleaguered independent festival sector, who don’t have the backing of big corporate money for their survival, viewers will be asked for €6.66 for a ‘full festival pass.’ In return, they will enjoy three days of live performances by 35+ metal bands at various locations around the world and other exclusive content, from the comfort of their own home. Virtual ticket purchasers will also get a discount on a European Metal Festival Alliance ‘Rebooting for 2021’ T-shirt.

Meanwhile, to get warmed up, the newly launched destination website at ➡️ www.MetalFestivalAlliance.com will host a wide range of previous footage from this festival co-operative, including many sets not previously broadcast, throughout the summer.

❗ The line-up & schedule for the streaming event will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available on Friday July 10th, 2020 from www.MetalFestivalAlliance.com

#EMFA2020″

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.”

Rage Against The Machine, Fever 333, Sleeping With Sirens, Etc. Set For 2020 Reading & Leeds Festivals

The first set of bands have been revealed for the 2020 Reading and Leeds festivals. Those events will take place on August 28-30 and they will feature: Rage Against The Machine, Fever 333, Sleeping With Sirens, Gallows, The Bronx, Cancer Bats, Ho99o9, Black Peaks, Holding Absence, Idles, and more.

Rage Against The Machine To Perform At Boston Calling & Firefly Music Festivals

Rage Against The Machine have announced some more festival appearances. The band will be headlining the May 23 date of this year’s Boston Calling festival. That event will take place at Harvard Athletic Complex in Boston, MA on May 22-24 and it will also feature Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc. Rage Against The Machine will also headline this year’s Firefly Music Festival. That event will take place at The Woodlands in Dover, DE on June 18-21 and it will also feature Billie Eilish, Halsey, Blink-182, etc.

Shinedown, Halestorm, Theory Of A Deadman, Etc. Set For 98 Rockfest & Earthday Birthday

Shinedown, Halestorm, Theory Of A Deadman, Beartooth, Fozzy, Dirty Honey, New Years Day, Crobot, and Dinosaur Pile-Up will be performing at 98 Rock’s 98 Rockfest and WJRR’s Earthday Birthday. 98 Rockfest will take place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 17, while Earthday Birthday will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL on April 18.

Guns N’ Roses, A Day To Remember, Etc. To Perform At South American Lollapalooza Festivals

The lineups have been revealed for the 2020 Lollapalooza festivals in South America. Those events will feature Guns N’ Roses, A Day To Remember, The Hu, Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra, The Strokes, Cage The Elephant, Yungblud, etc. Here’s the dates:

03/27-29 Buenos Aires, ARG – Hipodromo De San Isidro (Lollapalooza Argentina)
03/27-29 Santiago, CHL – Parque O’Higgins (Lollapalooza Chile)
04/04-05 Sao Paulo, BRA – Autodrome de Interlagos (Lollapalooza Brasil)

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.

Green Day, System Of A Down, Volbeat, Etc. Set For 2020 Rock am Ring & Rock im Park Festivals

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals. The events will be held in Germany on June 5-7 with Rock am Ring set to take place in Nurburgring and Rock im Park set to take place in Nurnberg. Here’s the band’s that have been booked so far: Green Day, System Of A Down, Volbeat, Billy Talent, Broilers, Korn, Disturbed, Deftones, The Offspring, Trailerpark, Weezer, Bilderbuch, Wanda, Alan Walker, Heaven Shall Burn, Yungblud, Powerwolf, Trettmann, Bosse, Of Mice & Men, Motionless In White, August Burns Red, and U.V.A.

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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