Welcome to Rockville Brings Party to Florida for Tenth Anniversary

Written by on December 19, 2019

Welcome to Rockville Brings Party to Florida for Tenth Anniversary

By: Sully Smith

On May 8th-10th, 2020, the biggest rock party in Florida will return, as Welcome to Rockville is coming back for it’s tenth year in a row. This three-day festival sponsored by Danny Wimmer Presents is moving to a new location for the first time. After nine illustrious years in the Jacksonville area, it is now moving just a short trip down Interstate 95 to a new venue: Daytona International Speedway. The home of the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest event, will be bringing a huge event into this sandy beach town, although this is of a much different variety. Instead of Richard Petty or Jeff Gordon being the main attraction, this time, it’s Metallica.

Headlining on Friday and Sunday night of Rockville is Metallica. One of the biggest and most famous metal bands of all time, this four-piece outfit from San Francisco has changed music since their debut album, Kill Em All, in 1981. Over their 38-year career, this band has changed the entire landscape of rock and metal, leading the thrash revolution of the 1980s, the hard rock of the 1990s, and continuing to put out legendary albums today. This will be the first time a band has ever headlined two nights at a Wimmer festival, and along with the band itself, there are partnerships being made with Blackened whiskey and Enter Night pilsner in order to make this a full weekend of Metallica. According to drummer Lars Ulrich, the band will be doing two unique sets each night, so getting a weekend pass is highly recommended.

On Saturday night, between the two Metallica nights, the keystone performer is Disturbed. Formed in Chicago in 1994, this quartet has been one of the highest-selling rock bands over the past 25 years, ever since they broke onto the scene with Down with the Sickness. Over the years, they have performed as a headliner at multiple Wimmer festivals, always leaving a mark with each incredible performance and giving reason for their faithful fans to keep coming back for more.

While Metallica and Disturbed are the headliners for this year’s edition of Welcome to Rockville, they are far from the only draw. On Friday, a more eclectic lineup presents itself as bands that made for themselves on the fringes of rock will take over central Florida. Deftones is co-headlining, with Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, and other alternative and punk acts will be covering all three stages. Saturday presents itself with a more mainstream rock base, as The Offspring, Staind, Alter Bridge, and The Pretty Reckless are main stage bands. However, it will also feature one of the heaviest bands of the weekend in Lamb of God, while also providing a stacked, heavy undercard with bands like Hellyeah, Bad Wolves, Power Trip, and Jinjer. Quite possibly the biggest day of the festival however is Sunday, as Metallica will close out the festival with help from Jacksonville-based titans of southern rock Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as several bands known for their huge mosh pits such as Godsmack, Mastodon, Gojira, and the one other Big Four band of the weekend, Anthrax. Overall, the weekend will provide a little something for everybody, and will ensure that getting a pass for the full weekend is in each patron’s best interest.

In terms of amenities, Danny Wimmer Presents has truly done a masterful job in upgrading facilities and offerings over the years, and nowhere is this more present than in this year’s edition of Welcome to Rockville. As usual, the FYE Fan Experience and The Music Experience will be open all weekend, providing fans an opportunity to test their mettle in metal as well as meet the artists that are performing throughout the day. The pet adoption charity Take Me Home will also be there, as well as the guys from Demons Behind Me, who “designed to inspire anyone who has or is working to overcome an obstacle in their life,” and “exist to motivate them to continue to achieve their goals and to leave the past behind.” Beyond charities and activities, there is a heavy infusion of high-quality food and drink options that provide local flavors to the festival. However, what is quite possibly the most impressive amenity is the camping options for this year, where fans will be able to do something that is a quite rare experience: camp inside the infield, between turns 3 and 4, for the entire weekend. With all of these impressive offerings beyond the bands, it is clear that DWP is making a valiant effort to provide the best of the best for their fans, far beyond just high-quality bands.

When Danny Wimmer Presents split with AEG Live in 2018, Wimmer was asked specifically about the headliners at different festivals compared to Sonic Temple in Columbus, Ohio and said “”When Metallica play Lollapalooza, and then they come back and play Columbus, I don’t want them to think about all the other experiences they saw at the other festival. I want them to go, ‘Oh my god, this is the best experience, this is the best rock festival in America.’ And that’s my mission.” This year, he finally got his dream to show what DWP festivals have become, with Metallica headlining two nights on Daytona Beach at Welcome to Rockville. This is the crown jewel for the organization to attain and will be truly incredible for all fans in attendance. With dozens of other bands performing throughout the weekend, and headlining sets from legendary acts such as Disturbed, Skynyrd, Godsmack, and Deftones, the current $190 price of general admission for all three days will be the steal of the summer and a must-see for anyone with the means to attend.

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