Welcome to Rockville’s milestone 10th edition brought in the festival’s biggest crowd yet, with 161,000 people coming to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the four-day music event, held Nov. 11 to 14, 2021. The record attendance officially makes Welcome to Rockville America’s biggest rock festival.
In addition, a worldwide at-home audience of 1.2 million unique viewers enjoyed the livestream with select festival performances, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content on the DWPresents on Twitch channel. Welcome to Rockville 2021 marks the first time producer Danny Wimmer Presents has livestreamed one of its festivals.
Fans in attendance during the Welcome to Rockville weekend–and those watching at home–also were the first to find out Rockville’s 2022 headliners, which have been announced as KISS (Thursday, May 19), Korn (Friday, May 20), Guns N’ Roses (Saturday, May 21) and Foo Fighters (Sunday, May 22). The full festival lineup will be announced in December.
“We knew we had to do something massive to follow the biggest Welcome to Rockville in history so we went out and got rock legends Guns N’ Roses, newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Foo Fighters, (you wanted the best, we got you the best) KISS and DWP’s most requested band, Korn,” said Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents. “We’re looking forward to breaking records at the world center of rock with you. See you in 2022!”
Weekend passes, single-day and camping are on sale now for $10 down for a limited time at www.WelcomeToRockville.com.
This year’s festival also was the final chance to catch two nights and two unique sets from Metallica as part of a partnership between the band and DWP for this year only. In addition to playing a set of hits on Friday night, Metallica commemorated the 30th anniversary of its “Black Album” on Sunday night by playing it in full, from back to front. To mark the conclusion of the band’s partnership with Danny Wimmer Presents, Wimmer presented Metallica with a $25,000 check for the band’s All Within My Hands foundation.
Welcome to Rockville offered other memorable moments, including Slipknot’s final show date of 2021 where it played its new song “The Chapeltown Rag” for the first time outside of Knotfest, as well as a headlining set from Disturbed that offered some of the band’s biggest hits. Lynyrd Skynyrd gave a memorable final North Florida hometown performance after more than 50 years together, while Gwar celebrated 30 years of its hit record “Scumdogs of the Universe.” Mastodon played its first show since releasing the Billboard-topping new album “Hushed and Grim,” while Welcome to Rockville host and “Metal Ambassador” Jose Mangin took the stage with Ice Nine Kills to grimly reenact a lyric in the song “Hip to Be Scared.”
The weekend also furthered the successful partnership between DWP and Twitch that allowed fans to tune into “That Space Zebra Show” throughout the festival for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content. The 1.2 million unique viewers who tuned in for over 10.9 million minutes throughout the festival were treated to performances by Staind, Cypress Hill, Disturbed, Rob Zombie and dozens more.
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Photos courtesy of Danny Wimmer Presents/Steve Thrasher