Rock-oriented music festivals Sonic Temple, which occurs this weekend, 5/17-5/19, in Columbus, OH, and Epicenter Pageant, which simply wrapped up on Sunday (5/12) in Rockingham NC, have a lot of issues in widespread. Each are of their inaugural 12 months, offered by promoter Danny Wimmer, and every changed one other pageant – Epicenter changed Carolina Revolt, and Sonic Temple replaces Rock on the Vary. (AEG sued Wimmer for “stealing” Carolina Revolt and Rock on the Vary, which they’d co-produced with him.) There’s some lineup overlap between the 2 festivals, with every together with Foo Fighters, The Cult, Mark Lanegan Band, and Zeal & Ardor, amongst others. And most just lately, each festivals offered final minute tickets for the very low worth of $1 every. Pageant information Twitter account @TheFestiveOwl shared hyperlinks to the tickets (which, within the case of the upcoming Sonic Temple, are at the moment offered out.)
Each festivals had strong lineups (we included Sonic Temple in our checklist of 10 non-Coachella music festivals value attending in 2019) so it begs the query – why aren’t tickets shifting? Can the US not assist two differently-located rock festivals on back-to-back weekends? If that’s the case, that might be dangerous information for the brand new Exit 111 (taking place on the grounds of Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN) and Sacramento, CA’s returning Aftershock, each of which occur October 11-13. There’s been loads of speak of the “music pageant bubble lastly bursting,” however that’s largely been about homogeneous multi-genre festivals, slightly than style particular ones, which regularly fare higher. Have rock followers aged out of the music pageant expertise altogether?
Within the case of Epicenter, its inaugural version went poorly; Saturday was evacuated and cancelled because of thunderstorms and extreme climate, cancelling units from Instrument, Judas Priest, and The Cult. The day prior to this, some attendees say they spent hours in visitors attempting to entry and depart the pageant grounds. The PRP reviews that a Fb group calling for a category motion lawsuit towards pageant organizers was fashioned and attracted over 1300 members, however has since been faraway from the location.