Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to announce that rock icons Metallica will exclusively headline all five of the premier independent producer’s hard rock festivals in 2020 in a unique collaboration unprecedented for any American festival promoter or band. Recently named the world’s biggest all-time touring act by Pollstar, Metallica will—for the first time ever—perform two separate headlining sets at all of the following events in 2020:

*Epicenter (May 1st-3rd) at its new location at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC
*Welcome To Rockville (May 8th-10th) at its new location at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL
*Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival (May 15th-17th) at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
*Louder Than Life (September 18th-20th) at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY
*Aftershock (October 9th-11th) at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA

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 today (October 10th) begins Monday, October 14th at 9:00 AM PT / Noon ET. Find more info and buy tickets at: or the EpicenterWelcome To RockvilleSonic Temple Art + Music FestivalLouder Than Life and Aftershock websites.

Watch the official DWP2020 festival announcement trailer, below:

For each ticket sold through November 19th, Danny Wimmer Presents will donate 25 cents to Metallica’s All Within My Hands FoundationAWMH 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.

To further celebrate this historic collaboration, 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 10th, 2019 and November 19th, 2019. Winner must be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2020. For more information visit 

For more information on each festival, please visit:

2 Responses

  1. Interesting to see they’re doing this as they must have complete confidence they James will recover from whatever he’s processing. I did the Orion Fest 2012 in Jersey. Not sure I’m up for a nasty 3 day fest. Yet, were Maiden headlining the Saturday evening, I would be there in a heartbeat.

  2. This is all assuming Hetfield will be healthy enough to return touring, and that he’ll have no work restrictions to abide by. Those who watched the “Some Kind of Monster” documentary know what I’m talking about. Otherwise these festivals could be toast, as they’re all built around Metallica being the headliner.

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