Welcome to Rockville is Less Than Three Weeks Away


The following guest post was written for MetalSucks by Olga Herndon of First3Songs.com. Olga will be attending Welcome to Rockville and snapping photos for MetalSucks all weekend long; she’ll see you up in the pit!

Welcome to Rockville is coming soon! The festival will span three days over the weekend of April 27-29 in Jacksonville, FL, and it’s more than just your standard music festival.

This year’s line-up in sunny Florida has a very late ’90s and early ’00s feel with bands such as Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, Clutch, Avenged Sevenfold, Andrew WK, Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch, and Quicksand scheduled to play. Legendary artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Billy Idol will also perform, and newer bands like crossover thrash sensations Power Trip, noise punk duo ’68, and stoner metallers Red Fang will get plenty of exposure to larger audiences.

There’s plenty more to do from noon ’til night. The Music Experience allows you to play with a variety of instruments used by rock bands, and you can even get lucky and win some of it to take home. Feel like doing some good in the world? You can see if you are a match to become a bone marrow donor at #LoveHopeStrength, or you can support the prevention of cancer at Fuck Cancer. And if you’ve got a big heart for the little guys, stop by the Take Me Home foundation started by festival promoter Danny Wimmer himself: the organization helps take care of pets in low-income families and assists in finding animals adopted homes.

You can’t go hungry with a variety of taco stands, grilled veggies and meats, wings, barbeque, gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options, sandwiches, noodles, and pizza. What’s better than Grumpy’s ice cream or Guana Bana ice pops on a hot day? I suppose a drink could help. Sip on a Heavy Tiki cocktail or wake up with a coffee from Mrkt & Jolt. Even if you’re not a wine fan, visit the Caduceus Wine Garden created by Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer.

Special amenities include lockers, portable chargers and ATMs. It’s highly recommended that you catch a Lyft to the festival, but parking is available at the stadium if you need to drive.

Tickets are still available for a little over $200 for the whole three days, with day passes going for $95 each. There are still plenty of hotels available nearby, or opt for the camping option instead. And if you’re a local, come out and support your scene.

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