New festival to replace Rock on the Range in 2019; Carolina Rebellion is no more

U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the dates for its spring music festival lineup, including two new destination music festivals.

Replacing the long-running Rock on the Range, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will debut at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, 2019 ,and will feature a premium food and beverage selection, art installations, plus expanded onsite experiences to accompany a diverse music lineup that will be announced in the coming months.

“I am so proud of what we accomplished with Rock on the Range, and we couldn’t have done it without our partnership with AEG,” Danny Wimmer said. “When we started Rock on the Range, there was no other festival in America quite like it, but recently it became clear that we had different visions of where to take the festival next. The city of Columbus and our devoted rock fans deserve a one-of-a-kind, world-class festival, and that is exactly what Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will bring to Maphre Stadium.

“Similarly, DWP will welcome a new festival in North Carolina this spring at a new location in the city of Rockingham that will allow us to go all night in a more European-style setting. We will be announcing that festival’s name and exact location soon. We are also looking forward to bringing back Chicago Open Air better than ever and continuing to build on the record-setting pace of Welcome to Rockville.”

DWP’s spring schedule is as follows:

May 3-5: Welcome to Rockville at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida

May 10-12: new destination music festival in North Carolina (details to be announced soon)

May 17-19: Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

In addition, Chicago Open Air will return, presenting a new event called A Day in the Park at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, during the weekend of May 17 to 19.

Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents is one of the largest independent producers of destination rock music festivals in the America and produces events including Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Aftershock, Welcome to Rockville and Bourbon & Beyond. It also is co-creator of Rock on the Range, which celebrated its 12th year in 2018 with 140,000 in attendance.

“This is an exciting time at DWP and in the music festival business,” Wimmer said. “Over the next two years, we will be making a series of major steps that are designed to push the U.S. rock festival market forward. This is the first of those announcements.”

“I believe that the festival market is at a major inflection point,” he said. “The proliferation of music festivals has been good for competition and caused promoters to aggressively pursue expanded entertainment and enhanced experiences. At festivals like Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life, for example, we have been able, and will continue, to rise to the challenge and push the boundaries in food programs, wine and spirits offerings, art installations and all of the other things that fans have come to expect. This growth is essential for rock festivals to hold their own against our cousins in other genres. We are about to embark on the next generation of rock festivals this spring.”

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  1. Are you freaking kidding me Please tell me why you would change the location and dates for Carolina Rebellion. That’s is an amazing location and has been a traditional trip I take with me daughter every year. We book our hotels a year in advance and now you are telling me I’m out the money for our hotel and have to travel even further to have out mother daughter time. Excuse my language but this if fucking bullshit.

  2. Yep, that’s smart! Move the festival to an area with a total of 6 hotels (4 seedy motels). Wow, you have managed to kill a really good family event since there will be NOWHERE TO STAY YOU IDIOTS!!!!!

  3. i think you suck for moving the dates and location for Carolina Rebellion. i have been going there for the pass 5 yrs. only hope you can bring the Hard Rock and Metal that C.R. is known for. we don’t need some techno euro trash house and bass music going on all night. so hope you can do it justice with this new name and location. more Slipknot and lamb of God not some house and bass shit please

  4. Please stop shifting the damn festival around I like all forms of extreme music I would be happy to have more electronic along with the metal I do not think that justifies a complete rebranding.

  5. You couldn’t have selected a better place than Charlotte Motor Speedway. Why change it? All of the good hotels are just across the street, and within walking distance to the venue. The move to Rockingham is a bad decision. They have NO infrastructure, NO decent places to stay. You might as well have it in a big ass field, and let everyone sleep in tents.

  6. Very Disappointing! I look forward to the Rebellion every year at the Speedway – which is a PERFECT location (accommodations, restaurants, hotels, etc). Don’t think I’ll go in 2019.

  7. It was just fine where it was. Plenty of hotels there and if the genre is changing a bit then you have lost everything about what metal is. We come here to see metal bands. Im from Jersey and we make the trip down there. We may not even make it because it will be more than likely we wont even get a hotel. Thanks. Don’
    t fix it if its not broken.

  8. Last year was my first year going. My husband & I were going to start making these tickets out yearly Christmas presents to each other. Rockingham sucks so bad….no places to stay no places to eat….why would you guys do this! Good luck. A lot of our friends are complaining. You won’t have the success there like you did in Charlotte.

  9. That was my annual trip and meetup with friends we have been going strong almost 3 years now really pissed and disappointed in this.

  10. This is the dumbest thing I have heard, EVER! I went to Rockingham years ago for another “music festival” that had some awesome bands. Traffic was a nightmare, no place to stay, no restaurant in sight, and I swear I heard dueling banjos while stuck in traffic for several hours. Guess I’ll save my money and see what Shiprocked it like instead. Idiots!

  11. What a bunch of dumbasses! David Wimmer Presents…you guys are complete morons. The only thing you will ‘present’ will be a waste of time with Music nobody gives a shit about in a location that couldn’t possibly suck any more. Congratulations, you have screwed up the best festival of the spring. WOW!! Hard to believe.

  12. I went to the rebellion when they had it in Rockingham and it really sucked. It’s in the middle of nowhere. I will miss the rebellion. I’ve been to every rebellion since the first one in Charlotte. This move is going to disappoint a lot of people and I hope it fails and hit whoever made this decision where it hurts in there pocket book.

  13. I like several others on here have been to every Carolina Rebellion since it started. I went to Rockingham and it SUCKED. One lane getting in and absolutely no place to eat and that was only a 1 day event. Charlotte Speedway was a perfect location. I hope the lineup isn’t the same as the new Sonic festival because this may be the last Music festival in North Carolina

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