Welcome to Rockville hosts some of the biggest names in the rock music scene, with numerous acts across several stages. It draws tens of thousands of rock ‘n’ roll worshipers from not just the US, but all around the world.
Here’s everything you need to know about Welcome to Rockville.
It transformed into a two-day festival in 2013 when sought-after artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alice In Chains rocked the crowds. Fast forward to 2018, Welcome to Rockville became the three-day festival we know and love today.
But this bad boy set the bar while breaking the record for festival attendees. Welcome to Rockville became the most significant rock festival in the US after it delivered a hell of a time to more than 160,000 music lovers.
Elite international headliners such as Metallica and Korn are the prime names associated with this festival destination. But the roster doesn’t stop there.
Headlining in past editions were global favorites from the rock genre, such as Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Although the festival used the same site until 2019, it now found its home on the vast and spacious grounds at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The world-class racetrack hosts the famous Daytona 500 NASCAR race. Across the speedway’s grounds, the festival could adapt to its exponential growth by maximizing its capacity to hold hundreds of thousands of revelers.
Ladies and gents, we have the Welcome to Rockville Space Zebra Stage, Octane Stage, Rockvillian Stage, and DWPresents Stage.
Space Zebra and Octane are the two larger stages for headlining acts and A-list artists. Rockvillian and DWPresents are smaller stages tailored for local or lesser-known artists.
It’s best to arrive early at the festival to get hold of the best spaces. These areas are located away from the stages, where the music is loud enough to stop you from catching some Zs.
While selecting your tickets, it’s favorable to go in for campsite upgrades that give you larger spaces, allowing you to share the area with more friends.
Campers are encouraged to deck their campsite in their best 80s-inspired decor, as winners get a variety of prizes, from VIP upgrades to food vouchers.
Don’t worry about that. Welcome to Rockville has you covered with its variety of fun rides.
Cool off in-between sets at the WhipSplash water slide or head up the Roundabout Ferris Wheel for sweeping views of the festival grounds.
The Round Up is there to take you for a fun spin if you’re craving an adrenaline rush. You can also enjoy the breeze on The Swinger if you are in a chill mood.
But the real prize was the 2021 chance to win a signed Epiphone Les Paul guitar by Slash, an iconic British-American guitarist, best known for being part of Guns N’ Roses.
From quirky stuff to your everyday needs, there are shops that will make your long stay at the festival easy to navigate.
Get hold of some seriously sleek Welcome to Rockville merchandise, which looks swell with the iconic race theme printed on every item.
From hoodies and beach towels to bandanas and hats, you are spoilt for choice, so make sure you collect them before they get sold out.
2022 saw severe thunderstorms over the festival weekend – so much that Korn, Breaking Benjamin, and Guns N’ Roses were forced to cancel their shows. Plagued by bad weather and unexpected storms, the festival’s management had to cancel Friday and Saturday acts.
It’s not all bad news, as the festival’s management introduced Jerry Cantrell, Shinedown, and Alice in Chains for shorter sets before ultimately shutting down for the day.
In 2022, Clean Vibes accepted volunteers to help with the clean-up and recycling process in exchange for free admission to the festival.