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Rockfest is an outdoor, hard rock music festival held annually at the Liberty Memorial by Kansas City radio station KQRC-FM 98.9 the Rock since 1992 [1][unreliable source?]. As of 2010, it was considered to be North America's largest one-day music festival.[1] Major bands such as Godsmack, Staind, Seether, Stone Temple Pilots, Korn Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie, and Disturbed have all headlined Rockfest.[2][unreliable source?] The large size and rain or shine ethos of the concert has led to community disputes regarding its continuation.[2]

In 2017, it was announced 2017's Rockfest would be held at The Kansas City Speedway instead of Liberty Memorial. This is because for the last couple years it has rained or been too cold at rockfest to enjoy without wearing a sweater. The original idea was to move the festival a week or two out. That way we could guarantee better weather. However, they couldn't book Rockfest at the Liberty Memorial that weekend so decided to move the event to the Kansas Speedway.