Sonic Temple among May festivals “assessing” situation before decision
In the wake of mass cancellations and event bans, the three Danny Wimmer Presents festivals set to take place in May — Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival—are still on. The statement posted on March 16 says they are "assessing the situation very carefully."
Back in October, massive news was announced when it was revealed that Metallica would headline five Danny Wimmer Presents festivals in 2020 with special sets across two nights. Those festivals were Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, Louder Than Life and Aftershock.
Unfortunately, Metallica pulled out of Sonic Temple and Louder than Life to focus on James Hetfield's recovery, but stressed they would be appearing at the other three. Shortly after, Sonic Temple announced Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool as replacement headliners for Friday and Sunday, with Slipknot at the top of the bill for Saturday.
As of now, according to Danny Wimmer Presents, the festivals are still going to occur. The closest one on the horizon is Epicenter, which takes place May 1-3. Welcome To Rockville occurs on May 8-10 and Sonic Temple on May 15-17.
The coronavirus has caused a slew of cancellations that have almost extended indefinitely, most of which can be tracked here. But, fans were still wondering about the upcoming Danny Wimmer Presents festivals. Now, it has been addressed.
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.
Judging by the amount of cancelations that have already occurred, it seems likely that these three may be cancelled. However, if you're a gambling sort, tickets can still be purchased on the appropriate festival websites.
As stated, Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple all take place in May. No word has been shared about the later festivals. Those are Louder Than Life and Aftershock, which occur in Sep. and Oct. respectively.
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