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RICHMOND COUNTY OFFICIALS WELCOME EPICENTER, a new 3-day destination music experience from premier music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents-

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December 10, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Martie Butler
Richmond County Economic Development Office
Tel: 910-997-8191
Tel: 910-635-7087 (mobile) martie.butler@richmondnc.com

Rockingham, N.C. – December 10th, 2018 Danny Wimmer Presents a California-based, premier music producer will host a 3 day destination music festival on the Rockingham Festival Grounds, May 10, 11 & 12, 2019. Epicenter will serve its growing mid-atlantic market and is projected to be one of their largest events to date. Some of the major acts include: Foo Fighters, Evanescence, Tool, Judas Priest, Bush, Rob Zombie, Korn and many more.

Epicenter Festival replaces Carolina Rebellion, which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina from 2011 — 2018. Epicenter Festival will be held in Rockingham, NC will offer an enhanced festival experience. The new festival grounds will be developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway and Rockingham Speedway, with more music, extensive camping options, and no curfew.

“This festival will be one of the largest events this county has hosted, and we are prepared. The economic impact is expected to exceed $40 million and will be a great boost to our local economy” said Richmond County Commissioner Kenneth Robinette. “The success we’re seeing with Epicenter is the result of a strong spirit of collaboration that exists in Richmond County. County Manager Bryan Land has been working with Steve Earwood owner of Rockingham Dragway, Dan Lovenheim owner of Rockingham Motor Speedway and state/local officials to ensure this venue came to Richmond County.”

Festival producer Danny Wimmer explains, "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. Ultimately, we felt that there was so much more that we could accomplish in the right circumstances. 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. There's always a next level to strive for — and after 8 great years of Carolina Rebellion, Epicenter is that next level."

Danny Wimmer Presents CEO Danny Hayes adds, "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. 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."

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which currently includes Aftershock Festival, Welcome To Rockville, Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond, and Chicago Open Air, among others. Previous DWP festivals include Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, and others. www.DannyWimmerPresents.com 

Richmond County welcomes Epicenter & all music fans to our community. Located in North Carolina’s southern Piedmont, Richmond County offers large venues and music festivals easy access to the very best the state has to offer. Interstates 73 and 74 provide convenient access to major metro areas. Only minutes away is the picturesque Village of Pinehurst, site of the US Open Golf Championships for both men and women in 2014.

Richmond County’s Economic Development Office offers confidential site selection services for music producers, location advisors, industrial realtors and other businesses. For additional information, visit www.richmondnced.com or www.richmondnc.com