Metallica to Play Epicenter, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple, Aftershock and Welcome to Rockville Fests in 2020

Photo by Ross Halfin

Metallica have announced an unprecedented collaboration with premier independent producer Danny Wimmer Presents: The thrash pioneers will not only exclusively headline all five of Wimmer’s hard-rock festivals next year, but they will also — for the first time ever — perform two separate headlining sets at each of the events. Additionally, Metallica will play a unique set list for each performance, resulting in 10 different shows over the course of the year. The included festivals are Epicenter (May 1st-3rd) at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina; Welcome to Rockville (May 8th-10th) at its new location at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida; Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival (May 15th-17th) at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio; Louder Than Life (September 18th-20th) at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky; and Aftershock (October 9th-11th) at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. The news was broken at a press conference livestreamed from Metallica HQ at MetallicaXX.com: Watch below.

“Metallica isn’t just another headliner. When Metallica takes the stage, it’s an event. It’s an experience. That’s the same standard we’ve set for every DWP festival — from the first band to the last band, and everything that happens in between. I can’t wait to bring the biggest band in the world to the biggest rock festivals in America,” says Wimmer. “Metallica paved this road that we travel. How many artists on the bill at these five festivals first picked up an instrument, or first started a band, because of Metallica?”

Tickets for all events go on sale today (October 10th) at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET for Fan Club members and for past purchasers of tickets for Danny Wimmer Presents events. The general public onsale begins Monday, October 14th at 9:00 a.m. PT/noon ET. Find more info and buy tickets here.

For each ticket sold through November 19th, Danny Wimmer Presents will donate 25 cents to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, which is “dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services.” 100% of donations go directly to local organizations that the Foundation supports.