Independent music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the debut Epicenter Festival at Rockingham Festival Grounds in North Carolina. The three-day rock festival will replace Carolina Rebellion, which was held in North Carolina from 2011 – 2018.
The Rockingham, N.C. festival will take place from May 10-12, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro. The new festival grounds will be developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway and Rockingham Speedway with more music, extensive camping options, and “no curfew.”
“We are very proud of what Carolina Rebellion represented, so we understand that our decision to replace it was confusing to people. It took more time than we had hoped to make the final decision and then work out all of the details,” said festival producer Danny Wimmer in a release. “Ultimately, we felt that there was so much more that we could accomplish in the right circumstances.”
Carolina Rebellion was co-owned by DWP and AEG, whose partnership ceased in September.
"The creation of the 'Epicenter of rock n’ roll’ in the heart of North Carolina gives us the ability to expand on the festival experience with enhanced camping amenities, nighttime entertainment with no curfew, and expanded food and beverage offerings, all highlighted by a massive music lineup covering the spectrum of rock, metal and alternative rock music," said Wimmer. "There’s always a next level to strive for – and after 8 great years of Carolina Rebellion, Epicenter is that next level."
The music lineup for Epicenter and further details will be revealed on Dec. 10 at 9am ET. General admission, VIP tickets, and hotel and camping packages for Epicenter Festival go on sale Dec. 14 at noon ET.
“In a project being led by the new owners of the Rockingham Speedway (the Rock), together with Richmond County, Rockingham Dragway and the other local land owners, we are working to develop a first class destination festival site,” said DWP CEO, Danny Hayes, in a release. “We are grateful to the Rock’s Dan Lovenheim and Richmond County Manager Bryan Land for spearheading this move and look forward to unveiling the lineup. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.”
DWP events include the newly-announced Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, Welcome To Rockville, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air and more. They’re also the co-creators of Carolina Rebellion, which wrapped in 2018 after eight record breaking years, including over 100,000 in attendance multiple years at the annual event. Article by Taylor Mims