The 10th year of the Welcome to Rockville festival will move from Jacksonville to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 8 to 10, 2020, festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has announced.
DWP also has set May 1 to 3, 2020, as the dates for Epicenter, which debuted this year in Rockingham, North Carolina, and May 15 to 17, 2020, for the second year of the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio.
As a result of Jacksonville’s continued development of the city’s downtown area, Metropolitan Park is no longer available to host Welcome to Rockville. After welcoming sold-out crowds of 90,000-plus the past three years, the move to Daytona International Speedway will allow Rockville to increase its audience capacity while providing more enhanced audience experiences. A recent $400 million dollar renovation of the speedway and additional $200 million invested in the surrounding area in recent years has transformed the destination into a world-class facility, including numerous hotels within walking distance, many dining options and expanded space for camping, allowing Rockville attendees a convenient and well-rounded experience.
“Welcome to Rockville might be leaving Jacksonville, but I’m not leaving Jacksonville behind,” Danny Wimmer said. “This is where it all began—not just for Rockville, but for me. I love my hometown, and I’m really proud of what Rockville accomplished in its nine years in Jacksonville. Unfortunately, there was no longer a space at Metropolitan Park for us to deliver the kind of festival experience that Florida’s rock fans deserve. I’m excited to have a larger site to work with that allows us the room to continue growing the festival experience. I hope all of our Jacksonville friends will join us in this next phase of Welcome to Rockville’s evolution.”
More details, including the music lineup for the festival, will be announced in the coming months.