We may be suffering from a severe case of the winter blues, but that’s not stopping us from daydreaming about the warm weather and all the music festivals that come with it.
On Tuesday (Nov. 19), the masterminds behind some of the best rock-centric music festivals in the United States announced the lineup for the 2020 incarnation of North Carolina’s Epicenter. Let’s just say, it’s going to be EPIC (yes, we did use a pun).
As previously announced, Metallica will headline not one, but two of the three days (Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3). According to Metallica, they will perform two different setlists, so no, you won’t hear “Enter Sandman” on both nights.
@epicenterfest in Charlotte, NC with 2 different sets,” the band tweeted.
Metallica’s appearance at Epicenter is part of an exclusive deal with Danny Wimmer Presents. The joint venture, which was announced last month, will find the iconic metal act headlining all five of the promoters’ hard rock festivals in 2020.
“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.
“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?”
The massive lineup will also feature an exclusive 2020 North Carolina performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Disturbed, Deftones, Godsmack, Volbeat, Staind, Papa Roach, David Lee Roth, Gojira, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Royal Blood, Anthrax, Dropkick Murphys, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, and many more round out the next year’s roster.
In addition to the massive lineup, Danny Wimmer Presents also revealed that Epicenter will move to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. According to a statement, the relocation was one of the biggest requests from fans.
“We’re pleased to announce that Epicenter is moving to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Rock City Campgrounds,” says Danny Wimmer Presents CEO Danny Hayes.
“The new location offers plenty of nearby lodging, increased camping, and convenient travel options. The number one request we received from the fans was to move the festival to Charlotte, …and we listened.”
Epicenter 2020 will take place during the weekend of May 1-3 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Rock City Campgrounds in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tickets for the weekend-long event are currently on sale.
The full lineup can be found below.