Article by Andrés Alvarado
There is now a tad over two months left until the Welcome to Rockville Music Festival comes to beautiful Jacksonville, Florida. Helmed by a flurry of top-notch acts and supported by the best up-n-comers the genre has to offer, this festival is bound to be one for the record books. Don’t believe us? Just check out this bitchin’ line-up.
We know! You are not dreaming, this is very real. That’s Ozzy, that’s the Foo Fighters, that’s Billy Idol, and Stone Temple Pilots all within a three-day ceremony of all things rock and all things badass. So, don’t be a fool and head over to the WTR site to pick-up tickets here. Start arranging your travel plans with friends or family, be sure to request off from work, and don’t forget to download the Welcome to Rockville app available on all smartphones. We’ll see you there, ready to rage, ready to rumble. Also, just an FYI, this festival stop will be part of Ozzy Osbourne’s farewell tour.
In addition to performances from top music artists, attendees at this year’s Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville will enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage experiences, as well as sponsor activations.
Grub Zone: Food and beverage options will be provided by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, DWP’s affiliate concessionaire. Patrons can enjoy some of Jacksonville’s local favorite restaurants, cuisine, and food trucks such as: Mojo’s BBQ, Pele’s Wood Fired Pizza, Indochine Thai Cuisine, Island Noodles, Guana Bana Ice Pops, Brucci’s Pizza, Cely’s Philippine Cuisine, Knuckle Sandwiches, Grumpy’s Homemade Ice Cream, Dos Vatos Tacos, What’s The Catch Fish Tacos, Chinchilla Eatz on the Streets, Mambo on Ruedas Cuban, Wingin It, Cousins Maine Lobster, BC Tacos, Mama’s Greek Cuisine Food Truck and much, much more!
Beverages: Festivalgoers 21+ can enjoy a variety of beverages at one of the festival’s many bar locations. Specialty experiences include Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer) and the Heavy Tiki Bar (a tropical oasis filled with killer island cocktails and shade). Guests can also stop by Mrkt N Jolt to grab a hot coffee, cold brew or other sundry items. Bud Light, Samuel Adams Sam ’76, and Jack Daniel’s will be available throughout the festival grounds.
Monster Energy: Stop by the Monster viewing deck to refuel and meet some of your favorite Monster Energy artists! Monster Energy will be keeping attendees fueled up and ready to rock all weekend long. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from their viewing deck, one of the best seats in house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy’s interactive artist experiences.
Bud Light: Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.
f.y.e.: f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan & artist interactive experiences throughout the festival! f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band’s music — and maybe even get to meet your favorite Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville performer! Check back for updates on artist meet & greet and autograph signing sessions!
Jack Daniel’s: The “Taste of Tennessee” invites visitors to come out and tour the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel’s Hollow. The Jack Daniel’s Experience, a mobile museum, is bringing a little of the much-loved distillery from Lynchburg to anywhere in the USA. Visitors will learn who Mr. Jack Daniel was and how he ended up with the best selling whiskey in the world. They’ll get to see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee’s finest whiskey. Once you tour the Experience and spend some time with the folks from Jack, it’ll make you want to plan a visit to Lynchburg, Tennessee to see how and where they’ve made Jack Daniel’s since 1866. The Experience is open to all folks, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge. Games and giveaways will also be part of the entertainment at various times throughout the festival.
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Samuel Adams Sam ’76: Sam ’76 is a revolutionary new beer from Samuel Adams, born out of our experimental Nano Brewery in Boston. It combines the best of a lager and an ale to deliver an unmatched combination of refreshment, craft flavor, and aroma. At 4.7% ABV, Sam ’76 is a refreshing, easy-to-drink beer that’s perfect for a day at the beach, a backyard barbecue, or an all-day music festival. Be sure to make Sam ’76 a part of your Welcome To Rockville weekend! For more information on all our beers, please visit: http://www.samueladams.com.
Zippo: Zippo Encore will be back in action at Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville with a full stock of Zippo lighters, including limited edition festival designs! Come by and check out their contests and giveaways or get a free lighter fill or tune-up. Be sure to bring your Zippo lighter to the festival, it could be your ticket to special experiences.
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SWFTCharge: SWFTCharge provides a quick, portable and convenient phone-charging service for large-scale venues. Their mission is to eliminate battery anxiety in places where it is experienced the most. Individuals purchase the service at a nearby kiosk and leave with a SWFTCharger. The small, compact device provides a quick 40-minute charge of customers’ cell phones. Once depleted, the SWFTCharger can be swapped for a new one as often as customers want while they’re at the venue.
The Music Experience and The Student Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Thanks to all of our partners. Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at The Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff as well. Check The Music Experience Facebook page and the festival website for updates, schedules, and interactive artist experiences on the day of the show. The Student Experience offers a unique opportunity for youth engaged in music and art related academic programs. Students, educators, and local unsigned bands gain unprecedented access into and an impressive and inspirational behind-the-scenes look at some of the country’s largest festivals.
Fearless Records Experience: Fearless Records has your exclusive merch from some of your favorite Fearless artists. Hang out a while, you never know what will happen at the Fearless Records Experience. #Underoath
Formed in 1994, Southern CA’s Fearless Records was built on a punk-rock foundation, fueled by a furious passion and the drive to help build the careers of an eclectic collection of on-the-verge artists. The current roster includes some of the genre’s most respected acts, such as Grammy-nominated artists Underoath and August Burns Red, and certified Gold artists I Prevail and Pierce The Veil. The label is also a home to an eclectic collection of on-the-verge artists including Real Friends, Wage War, Movements, The Plot In You and Grayscale, as well as the successful covers compilation series Punk Goes… which has featured such notable acts as All Time Low, A Day To Remember, We Came As Romans, Issues, New Found Glory and Of Mice & Men.
Fxck Cancer/Dyin 2 Live: The Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program is a wish-granting organization whose purpose is to try to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring hope and inspiration to their lives. In doing this, we hope it can help give them a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are battling. Through our extensive network of friends, supporters, and affiliates, we are able to reach out to individuals and present them with one of a kind experiences and opportunities that arise. We feel a Dyin 2 Live Dream can offer a source of inspiration for those undergoing difficult medical treatments and be a positive force that offers a life-changing impact not only to them, but also the family to overcome their obstacles. If you are currently fighting cancer or know of someone in the fight who could benefit from a Dyin 2 Live Dream, please submit your story and tell us why and how a Dyin 2 Live day would help. Also, anyone interested in being a supporter, volunteer, or donor, please contact us at email@example.com.
Take Me Home: Take Me Home (TMH) has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. TMH was founded as an animal rights advocacy foundation saving orphaned animals and striving to end animal overpopulation. TMH works in conjunction with shelters and rescues throughout California and beyond to help save animals on death row, on the streets, or in unsafe living conditions. Stop by their booth for custom gear and to contribute to a great cause.
Love Hope Strength: Love Hope Strength, the world’s leading Rock n Roll cancer charity, saves lives one concert at a time by hosting free bone marrow donor drives at concerts and festivals in an attempt to find life-saving marrow donors for cancer patients in need of transplants. A quick, simple cheek swab and single page contact form is all it takes to determine if you hold the cells necessary to save the life of a cancer, or other blood disorder, patient in need. Stop by the Love Hope Strength tent and #GETONTHELIST #LoveHopeStrength
Jacksonville Jaguars: This year’s Welcome To Rockville features the return of the Rockville VIP Rock N Jock Experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Welcome To Rockville performing artist Stone Temple Pilots. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the band at Welcome To Rockville and get a VIP experience provided by the Jacksonville Jaguars at the festival and at the 2018/2019 game of their choice (subject to blackout dates/playoffs).
The daily band lineups for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville are as follows:
Friday, April 27: Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, The Used, Parkway Drive, Underoath, Trivium, Atreyu, Power Trip, Texas Hippie Coalition, ‘68, Toothgrinder, Palisades, Bad Wolves, Them Evils
Saturday, April 28: Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, Hollywood Undead, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Andrew W.K., Avatar, Butcher Babies, Red Sun Rising, Joyous Wolf, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, He Is Legend, Stick To Your Guns, Palaye Royale, The Wild!
Sunday, April 29: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Clutch, Bullet For My Valentine, Thrice, Greta Van Fleet, Baroness, Quicksand, Red Fang, Wolf Alice, The Sword, The Bronx, Turnstile, The Fever 333, Fireball Ministry, Spirit Animal.