Epicenter festival — a new three-day destination music experience from premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents — brings a massive music lineup to its 2019 debut, with over 65 music artists performing on four stages, led by FOO FIGHTERS, TOOL and KORN. The inaugural festival takes place in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Epicenter will also feature sets from ROB ZOMBIE, JUDAS PRIEST, BRING ME THE HORIZON, THE PRODIGY, THE CULT, 311, EVANESCENCE, BUSH, LIVE and dozens more. The expansive Rockingham Festival Grounds, being developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway, The Rock (Rockingham Speedway), and other local land owners, promise nonstop entertainment, extensive camping options, and no curfew.
General Admission, VIP tickets, and hotel and camping packages for Epicenter go on sale Friday, December 14 at noon ET at EpicenterFestival.com.
The members of KORN explain: "There are many defining moments that dramatically mark a band's history, and one such moment in time happened in North Carolina with KORN. NC holds a special place in KORN's heart, as we unexpectedly reunited with our old friend Head. It's been a great six-plus years with Head back in KORN and we look forward to rocking NC again with FOO FIGHTERS, TOOL and many other great bands."
BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oli Sykes says: "We're very excited to be playing next year's Epicenter festival in Rockingham. It's a privilege to be sharing a stage alongside some of our favourite acts, and to be back in North Carolina."
The daily music lineup for Epicenter is as follows (subject to change):
Friday, May 10:
MACHINE GUN KELLY
MARK LANEGAN BAND
BLACK PISTOL FIRE
ZEAL & ARDOR
HANDS LIKE HOUSES
HYRO THE HERO
AMIGO THE DEVIL
Saturday, May 11:
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
THE DAMNED THINGS
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
HIGH ON FIRE
Sunday, May 12:
BRING ME THE HORIZON
THE GLORIOUS SONS
WHILE SHE SLEEPS
THE DIRTY NIL
Festival doors open at 11:00 a.m. daily.
In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP's affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC.
Initial ticket prices for Epicenter will be as follows:
Weekend General Admission: starting at $149.50 plus fees
Weekend VIP: starting at $399.50 plus fees
Single-Day General Admission: starting at $79.50 plus fees
Single-Day VIP: starting at $199.50 plus fees
Camping at Epicenter will let patrons keep the rock 'n' roll party going all through the weekend and will set this festival apart from other U.S. rock shows. Camping spots are connected to the festival grounds and include perks like access to showers, portable restrooms, food and drink vendors, charging stations, information and medical services, as well as a Thursday night pre-show party. Campers will also have late night access to Rockingham Village, an impressive promenade featuring food, drinks, merch shopping, entertainment, art and activities until 2:00 a.m. daily. Rockingham Village will be conveniently located immediately in front of the venue, adjacent to the North Premium campgrounds. Camping options will include immersive, Premium Spaces on the North Side of the site as well as free options in the South Side campgrounds.
Rockingham Village at Epicenter will be open for extended hours to allow fans to eat, drink, shop and see performing artists before and after the main event. Featured vendors will include festival merchandise, artist merchandise, lockers for rent, lifestyle shopping booths, a full General Store, coffee shop, craft beer at Headbangers Beer Bar, Caduceus wine bar, breakfast vendors for campers, as well as late night food served after the main venue closes. The Village will also have a stage featuring cover bands and Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow performances throughout the weekend.
Festival producer Danny Wimmer notes: "The creation of the 'Epicenter of rock n' roll' in the heart of North Carolina gives us the ability to expand on the festival experience with enhanced camping amenities, nighttime entertainment with no curfew, and expanded food and beverage offerings, all highlighted by a massive music lineup covering the spectrum of rock, metal and alternative rock music."
Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, explains the development of the Rockingham Festival Grounds: "We have a long-term arrangement with all of the property owners: The Rock (Rockingham Speedway), Richmond County, Rockingham Dragway and other local land owners. We're working together to define the long-term vision for the festival area. For 2019, the primary festival grounds will be in a grassy area connected to the Rockingham Dragway. The area across the street surrounding The Rock (Speedway) will be utilized for patron parking and camping."