Metallica To Play Two Sets At Epicenter Festival At Charlotte Motor Speedway In May

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Officials announce Epicenter 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.  The three-day festival was bringing bands like Metallica, Disturbed, Deftones, Godsmack, Papa Roach, Lynyrd Skynyrd and dozens more to the Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Officials say full refunds are being offered.  However, you also have the option to add the money to next year’s tickets or exchange your tickets for another DWP festival.  Full details will be emailed to pass holders in the next 72 hours.

Epicenter issued this statement:

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!

Original Story (Posted Oct. 10, 2019):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Are you ready to rock?!  Danny Wimmer Presents announced Thursday afternoon that rock icons Metallica will exclusively headline all five of the premier independent producer’s hard rock festivals in 2020, including Epicenter Festival which is being moved back to Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.

See photos from last year’s Epicenter Festival below:

Metallica will play two sets at each of the following festivals:

  • Epicenter (May 1-3) at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Welcome To Rockville (May 8-10) at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival (May 15-17) at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
  • Louder Than Life (September 18-20) at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Aftershock (October 9-11) at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California

These events will be the only chance to see Metallica at a U.S. festival in 2020. In addition to two appearances at each festival, Metallica will also deliver a unique set list for each performance, resulting in 10 different shows over the course of the year.

“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 Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, the largest independent festival producer in the U.S. “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 October 10th for Fan Club members and for past purchasers of tickets for Danny Wimmer Presents events.

General public sales begin on October 14th at 12pm Eastern.  You can purchase tickets for Epicenter festival HERE.

For each ticket sold through November 19, Danny Wimmer Presents will donate 25 cents to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. AWMH is a non-profit, philanthropic organization created by the members and management of Metallica, 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. Please visit for more information.

Danny Wimmer Presents invites fans to enter the Golden Ticket contest. One lucky person will win an all-expenses paid trip to any DWP festival of their choice to see Metallica play 2 different nights and 2 different sets over 1 incredible weekend. The prize package includes rock star accommodations, exclusive festival access, opportunities to watch the show from the legendary Metallica Snake Pit, meet and greets, amazing memorabilia and more.

Fans are automatically entered to win by purchasing a Weekend GA or Weekend VIP pass to any of the five Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. 2020 rock festivals featuring Metallica, by signing up for the Fifth Member Fan Club or by subscribing to any of the five Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. 2020 rock festival newsletters. Offer only valid on purchases or signups between October 10, 2019 and November 19, 2019. Winner must be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2020. For more information visit