A7X, Slipknot, Tool, Pantera, Rob Zombie & more to rock Daytona Beach soon: Check out the iconic 90+ line-up
When it comes to rock concerts and festivals in Florida, it seems that no one quite does it like Welcome to Rockville. With over 90 bands currently slated to perform in Daytona Beach this May, we can see why they've donned the crown as America's Largest Rock Festival. And this year's line up? It's like something out of every elder emo's and heavy-metal head's wildest wet dreams.
Following a nine year stint in Jacksonville and record turnouts of more than 99,000 people three years in a row, Florida's Biggest Rock Experience decided it would relocate to Daytona for 2020 and beyond to improve the festival's quality, as well as accommodating the rise in sold-out crowds.
“Welcome To Rockville might be leaving Jacksonville, but I’m not leaving Jacksonville behind,” said Danny Wimmer in 2019, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents — the organizers behind the rock fest. “I love my hometown, and I’m really proud of what Rockville accomplished in Jacksonville..."
"Unfortunately, there was no longer a space at Metropolitan Park for us to deliver the kind of festival experience that Florida’s rock fans deserve. I’m excited to have a larger site to work with that allows us the room to continue growing the festival experience.” Wimmer continued. And grown it has.
In its return to Daytona International Speedway from May 18 to May 21 of 2023, the full Welcome to Rockville line-up tops out at 95 bands this year — nearly 20 more artists than in 2022's iteration of the fest.
Notable names set to take the stage this year include emo-scene staples such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, Black Veil Brides, Coheed & Cambria, Evanescence, Memphis May Fire, Mothica, Motionless in White, Slipknot, Suicide Silence, and more.
Classic rockers and heavy-metal maniacs will also be happy with the slate of iconic bands from the last few decades. Some heavy-hitters on the roster include the likes of Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Deftones, Godsmack, Incubus, Pantera, Queens of the Stone Age, and Rob Zombie. Well-known metal-scene personality, Jose "Metal Ambassador" Mangin, will also be Rockville's official emcee of the year.
Read below for Welcome to Rockville's full line-up as it currently stands, and find out which days your favorite bands are set to rock Daytona Beach this May.
Thursday, May 18
Of course, we can't forget a thick onyx-colored cat-eye so sharp it could cut anyone who looked at me sideways either — obviously only doing so because my way-too-loud music seeped out from a pair of neon-green earbuds worn everywhere I went. Neon-green Skull Candy earbuds to be exact...that plugged into a 60-gigabyte brick-of-an-iPod Video, too.
ANYWAY...While which stage each band is set to perform on and their showtimes won't be updated until about two weeks before the festival, those looking to stay in the know on their band's stage-time will want to either follow Welcome to Rockville on social media, or download their official festival app. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices.
With a line-up this star-studded, let's talk tickets — exactly how much is this fest going to set you back? Just-shy of $100 per day for admission alone if you're looking to go all four days. However, if 2023's Rockville is anything like last years, festival-goers will have free food and water, like french fries, available at select locations, as well as access to a free waterslide, Ferris Wheel, and other carnival-style rides.
4-Day General Admission is going for $299.99, plus $60.13 in fees, with a 4-pack bundle option for friend groups thinking of hitting the fest together priced at $1,290.88 after fees. Only one band you want to see? Single-day admission is only $129.99 with a $29.91 fee on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday — with Sunday's ticket tacking on an additional $10, as well as one extra buck in fees.
Full hook-up RV, car, and tent camping, options, as well as VIP, tickets are also available. Those looking for the ultimate Rockstar experience may want to jump for the approximately $1,800 Daytona Owners Club exclusive wristband. Our wallets are crying at the thought already, but if you've got the extra cash, the added creature-comforts and perks might just be worth it to you.
High-rollers with exclusive wristbands get a commemorative laminate along with their purchase, as well as an all-access pass to an air-conditioned lounge with a private bar and comfortable seating, as well as live-streams of video and audio from both of the main-stages.
Exclusive access to a shaded platform will give also give Owners Clubbers a bird's eye view of the mainstage, all-inclusive beer, cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages at all Owners Club and VIP bars within the festival, as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres to snack on at lunch and dinner hours.
The dedicated merch booths, wi-fi, and air-conditioned flush-toilet restrooms, as well as access to private lockers with charging capabilities and a dedicated premium parking lot also included in the Owner's Club ticket are just added bonuses at this point.
Welcome to Rockville's website also lists hotel bundles for rockers traveling to attend this fest, alongside a few add-ons, such as commemorative festival tees and tanks in sizes small through 3x, and collectible keepsakes. Collectables up for grabs include commemorative 3D magnets and posters, as well as souvenir tickets.
For more details about the Welcome to Rockville Festival, as well as to view guide maps, allowed item policies, purchase tickets, and more, check out the festival's official website here.
Will you be attending America's Largest Rock Festival in Florida this year? If so, which artist are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!
Article by Rachael Volpe