By Jared Allen
April 28, 2019
Epicenter Festival, a new 3-day destination music experience, is bringing back the roar of rock, metal and alternative music to the mid-Atlantic. The festival, produced by Danny Wimmer Presents promises to expand on the festival experience with enhanced camping amenities, improved food and beverage offerings, and nighttime entertainment with no curfew– all of which is bolstered by a massive music lineup.
The Foo Fighters, Tool, Korn, Bring Me The Horizon, Rob Zombie and Judas Priest highlight the three days at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County. The venue, also playing host to artists such as The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush and Machine Gun Kelly, will open early and close later to grant festival goers extended access to Rockingham Village, a promenade featuring merch and lifestyle shopping, a coffee shop, craft beer at Headbangers Beer Bar, Caduceus wine bar, and a full general store.
To camp or not to camp:
If you’re reading this and haven’t decided yet, then camping is probably your only option. Traditional lodging, whether that’s Airbnb or a hotel, is scarce and by now, and likely booked up. Fortunately Epicenter is creating a camping experience that will let you keep the rock ‘n’ roll party going through the night.
All campers will have access to showers, portable restrooms, food and drink vendors, charging stations, information and medical services as well as a Thursday night pre-show party. Campers will also have late night access to Rockingham Village, which is filled with everything you need before and after festival hours. Check out the camping map and different campgrounds here.
What to eat:
When Epicenter Festival founder Danny Wimmer said they were upgrading the food platter, he wasn’t kidding. The options are bountiful and there’s a menu for everyone. The festival will have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available for patrons across their 46 vendors. From grilled cheesy bacon sandwiches to vegetarian wraps to ice cream, you’ll be hard pressed to eat the same thing twice for lunch or dinner during the three-day weekend. Check out the full list of vendors.
This one’s easy. It’s the Foo Fighters, closing out what’s going to be a big weekend for music in the Carolinas. There simply isn’t a better way to close out the three-day celebration. Plus, the Foos recently finished up a near two-year jaunt with countless sold-out shows.
While Evanescence’s latest album presented a different take on a few of their favorites, the band is now shedding orchestra and electronica elements they showcased in the summer. Evanescence is returning to their standard rock group format setup for a handful of dates this year. The band’s Friday performance is only one of 13 upcoming dates for the five-piece.
Mastodon highlights one of the skilled heavy metal acts showcased at the festival. The Atlanta natives will be sure to rumble the grounds at Rockingham. Recently garnering a Grammy nomination for their seventh studio release Emperor of Sand, Mastodon will be a real crowd-pleaser.
There’s few standalone guitarists as iconic as Tom Morello. The Harlem-born artist is best known for his role in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, now a member of the rap-rock supergroup Prophets of Rage. Morrello is synonymous with his creative playing style which incorporates unconventional picking and tapping, as well as heavy riffs as heard in Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name.” Rolling Stone ranked Morello as one of the greatest guitarists ever in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Black Pistol Fire
Black Pistol Fire highlights the best of indie blues-rock at Epicenter Festival. The duo is dynamic and gritty, drawing inspiration from rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, Buddy Holly and Muddy Waters. They’ve been heralded the “next big thing” by numerous publications. It’d be no surprise if BPF is the band every Carolinian is talking about come Monday following the festival.
Teenage Wrist have recently made a name for themselves with the release of their debut album, Chrome Neon Jesus. They followed their promising EP in 2015 with a release that’s driven by big rhythm and big guitars harkening back to the late ‘90s. In August they rocked the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England.
Bring Me The Horizon
The Sheffield boys will bring songs from their latest album, AMO to Epicenter. The band’s sixth release sees them transition from their metalcore roots to a more stylized shift rooted in a mix of electronica, pop and hip-hop. But pay no mind, Bring Me The Horizon is still the live band to see, even if they’ve left behind a bit from their aggressive rock days.
Epicenter Festival will also expand beyond the stage with onsite experiences by Monster Energy, f.y.e. , Zippo, Jack Daniel’s, and many more. Download the Epicenter Festival mobile app for need-to-know information through the weekend.