Welcome to Rockville

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Welcome to Rockville
GenreHard rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, death metal, nu metal, punk rock, metalcore
Dates
  • May 8, 2011
  • April 29, 2012
  • April 27–28, 2013
  • April 26–27, 2014
  • April 25–26, 2015
  • April 30 – May 1, 2016
  • April 29–30, 2017
  • April 27–29, 2018
  • May 3-5, 2019
Location(s)Daytona Beach, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
Years active2011–present
WebsiteWelcomeToRockville.com

Welcome to Rockville is an annual weekend rock festival held in the spring that features modern & classic rock and metal bands. The festival was held at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL. For 2020 show, the venue changed to Daytona Beach, FL. The first Welcome to Rockville festival was held in 2011. It was founded and is produced by Danny Wimmer through his festival production company, Danny Wimmer Presents,[1] which produces rock festivals in the United States such as Rock on the Range, AFTERSHOCK, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, LOUDER THAN LIFE, Northern Invasion, and Chicago Open Air.

History[edit]

The first Welcome to Rockville was held on Mother's Day, May 8, 2011, at the Metropolitan Park. The festival was a one day event, and ran all day Sunday, beginning around 11:00 am and ending after 10:00 pm due to city noise ordinances.[2] A second festival the following year was planned for 2012. The second festival was another one day event that was held on Sunday April 29, 2012. This show saw the return of Jacksonville natives Shinedown to headline the festival along with Korn. The Welcome to Rockville festival was expanded from a one day event to a two-day event in 2013, and three Jacksonville native bands headlined: Limpbizkit, Shinedown, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The 2013 festival marked the start of a minor controversy about the enforcement of the city noise ordinances with respect to the festival.[3] The lineup for the 2013 festival was announced on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Monster Energy has been a major partner in the festival since Welcome to Rockville's inception in 2011, and the main stages bear the Monster Energy name such as "Monster Energy Metropolitan Stage". The general layout of the festival is that 3 or 4 stages are spread across the venue, and entertainment & food tents are placed between the stages. Regular sponsors are f.y.e., Jägermeister, Jack Daniel's, and Zippo.

The festival was expanded to 3 days(Friday-Sunday) in 2018.

Estimated Yearly Attendance[edit]

  • 2013 – 25,000+ (two-day total)[4]
  • 2014 – 40,000 (two-day total) sold-out event[5]
  • 2015 – 50,000 (two-day total) sold-out event[6]
  • 2016 – 50,000 (two-day total) sold-out event[7]
  • 2017 – 75,000 (two-day total)[8]

Lineup[edit]

2011[edit]

Main Stage:

Budweiser Stage:

Jägermeister Stage:

2012[edit]

Main Stage 1:

Main Stage 2:

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

April 24 pre-party (Friday night)

Jacksonville Landing Stage:

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lovejoy, Heather (May 9, 2011). "Jacksonville native behind May's Welcome to Rockville concert". The Florida Times Union jacksonville.com. Jacksonville, Florida. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Special Noise Standards for Special Events at Metropolitan Park". www.jacksonville.elaws.us. City of Jacksonville, FL. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Broward, Charles (April 29, 2013). "Welcome to Rockville patrons, planners say noise a sacrifice for city". www.jacksonville.com. The Florida Times Union, Jacksonville.com. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville Draws Record Attendance and Garners Media Acclaim".
  5. ^ "Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville Sells Out Year Four with 40,000 in Total Attendance at the April 26 & 27 Destination Festival in Jacksonville, FL".
  6. ^ "Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Sells Out with Record Crowd of 50,000 for Florida's Biggest Rock Festival April 25 & 26 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida".
  7. ^ "Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Sells Out with Record Breaking Weekend: More than 50,000 in Attendance for Florida's Biggest Rock Experience Ever Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, MAY 1 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville".
  8. ^ "Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville and Monster Energy Fort Rock Kick off World's Loudest Month with Record Breaking Weekend for Florida's Biggest Rock Experience April 29 & 30".

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