JACKSONVILLE, FL (CelebrityAccess) — After expanding into the EverBank Field grounds, the Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville festival drew a record crowd of 50,000 for the fifth anniversary of the event, held April 25 & 26 at Jacksonville, Florida's Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River.
Despite inclement weather that included two temporary evacuations on Saturday due to potentially dangerous conditions, festival organizers chalked the festival up as a success, reporting a 25% increase in attendance over the previous year's record.
Produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, the lineup for the festival included Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, and Of Mice & Men, among others.
“You don’t want to ever actually have to find out that your emergency plan works. But we were prepared and when the decision was made to evacuate, everyone executed perfectly. I am grateful for the support we received from JSO, the Fire Marshall and Mayor Brown. The fans gave us their full cooperation and then as soon as the storms were over, got right back into having a great time. Despite the interruptions, I think this year’s Rockville gave Jacksonville a glimpse of where we’re going to take this festival in the years to come," Danny Wimmer said. – Staff Writers