Sonic Temple, Epicenter and Welcome to Rockville Canceled Due to Coronavirus

2020-03-23

Metallica – Story by Charles Ken, photo by Ken Settle

Metallica has announced that three major festivals they were set to headline – Epicenter, Welcome to Rockville and Sonic Temple – have all been canceled, due to COVID-19

Metallica has issued a statement regarding the band’s 2020 touring schedule, as well as the status of several rock festivals they were set to headline this year.

The legendary metal band has announced that festivals Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona and Sonic Temple in Columbus — all of which they were set to headline — have all been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The festivals have each confirmed the cancellations, as well.

“With heavy hearts, we’re here to let you know that Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona and Sonic Temple in Columbus have all been cancelled,” the band said in a statement.

Metallica also announced that, on a better note, Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky, has added a date, and the band will be performing Thursday, Sept. 17, to kick off a four-night event. Louder than Life will take place from Sept. 17 through 20, and additional headliners will be announced at a later date.

Information on refunds and exchanges for the May festivals will be available via DannyWimmerPresents.com starting this Thursday (March 26). Full refunds will be available to all three festivals.

Metallica has also postponed their South American tour with Greta Van Fleet, which was originally scheduled for April, to December. To fans in Australia and New Zealand, the band says they “have not forgotten and you’re still in our hearts and minds. We will make it to your part of the world as soon as we can.”

“As many of you know, in our nearly forty years of touring, we’ve had a few mishaps along the way; broken bones, trashed appendixes, a pyro mishap, backs thrown out, crazy weather, food poisoning (beware of the oysters!) and even one way next-level anxiety attack! None of it has ever stopped us, but this is obviously a very different time and leaving the house now literally means taking your life in your hands,” the band added. “Unfortunately, in these surreal times that means we have to stay away from each other for the foreseeable future before we can start thinking about ‘Tallica family reunions around the world.”

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Posted by Charles Ken | Metal, Music, Rock News

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