Welcome to Rockville Forced to Cancel Saturday Night Sets Due to Weather
This weekend, Daytona Beach, Florida, was the site of the Welcome to Rockville Festival — or at least it was supposed to be. Unfortunately, for the second night in a row, the festival was forced to cancel performances due to inclement weather.
Friday night, performances by Korn, Breaking Benjamin, and Skillet were canceled, with the festival issuing this statement:
“We regret to inform you that the forecast currently has a high risk of continued weather over the next few hours. There is currently a break in the weather, so please exit the Grandstands and immediately and calmly return to your vehicle or campsite. Regretfully, the remainder of tonights performances have been cancelled.
“Thank you and see you tomorrow at 12:30pm.”
The festival then did a diligent job of posting weather updates and rescheduled times, as well as screenshots of weather reports showing when and where the storms would be most problematic.
Things seemed to be going smoothly yesterday, with rescheduled set times and re-opened gates. Unfortunately, the festival then issued the following statement:
“Unfortunately there is another storm headed our way so we regretfully will be cancelling the rest of the show tonight. We are as heartbroken as you are that today’s inclement weather has disrupted our plans, but ultimately the safety of our fans, artists, staff and vendors are of the upmost importance. Please make your way to your vehicle or campground calmly. Thank you and see you tomorrow.”
Given the timing of the announcement, we assume that Shinedown and Guns N’ Roses were unable to play, though we don’t know.
On the one hand: huge bummer. On the other hand, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and honestly, looking a their Facebook page, we have to commend Rockville for how communicative they’ve been with festival-goers. These guys are definitely looking out for their attendees.
Tonight’s line-up includes Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, and Porno for Pyros subbing in for Jane’s Addiction, so here’s hoping it goes off without a hitch. Meanwhile, we urge everyone attending the festival to stay safe, secure your campsite, and stay updated on the fest’s Facebook.