Metal Festivals Set Record Attendance


Over 368,000 fans turned out for rock festivals on five weekends across the nation as part of the World’s Loudest Month, from April 26-May 31, 2014.

Created in partnership by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents and Rockhouse Presents, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in seven distinct U.S. concert atmospheres overfive weekends in April and May. More than 150bands performed at Monster Energy’s Fort Rock, Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, River City RockFest, Rocklahoma, and Rockfest, proving that the hunger for rock and metal music in America is growing.

2014 marked the addition of Monster Energy’s Fort Rock in Fort Myers, FL and River City RockFest in San Antonio, TX to the World’s Loudest Month festival series – and saw new attendance highs set at all of its returning festivals.

“The attendance numbers continue to astound us,” commented AEG Live’s Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of five of the seven WLM festivals. “While the rock radio format continues to shrink and most of the major record labels have pretty much given up on developing real rock bands for the time being, the appetite for actual ‘guitar driven,’ heavier music continues to grow. These festivals have become a tremendous outlet for the bands to get the exposure they need to build a loyal audience and for the hard rock fans to experience a large number of artists for a reasonable price. We think we’ve only scratched the surface and will grow even more in 2015.”

Here are some highlights from the 2014 World’s Loudest Month festivals:

Monster Energy’s Fort Rock (April 26 in Fort Myers, FL)

Monster Energy’s Fort Rock–Southwest Florida’s biggest rock festival–took Fort Myers by storm, selling out its second year with over 13,000 fans attending the annual rock festival at JetBlue Park. The festival’s stellar rock lineup featured co-headlining superstars Korn, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, as well as Seether, Black Stone Cherry, Trivium, and many others.

Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville (April 26 & 27, Jacksonville, FL)

Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville marked its triumphant return to Jacksonville’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River with total sold-out attendance of 40,000. The two-day destination music festival featured a massive all-star rock lineup including Avenged Sevenfold, The Cult, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind and A Day To Remember, along with breaking bands such as The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More, KYNG, Twelve Foot Ninja (2014 Revolver Golden Gods’ Best New Talent), and many more.

Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion (May 3 & 4, Concord, NC)

Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion celebrated its fourth year with record breaking attendance of over 60,000 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival sold out of camping and VIP packages, and the fans were treated to two and a half days of picture perfect weather with featured performances from Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, along with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, and more.

Rock On The Range (May 16-18, Columbus, OH)

Rock On The Range 2014 sold out in advance, marking the second consecutive sellout for America’s premier rock festival. 120,000 concert-goers were on hand at Columbus Crew Stadium to experience blistering performances on three stages over three days from 60 of the world’s hardest rocking bands, including Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, The Pretty Reckless, Chevelle, and many more. Rock On The Range also welcomed Revolver Magazine’s Roast On The Range to the family in 2014 as a pre-festival special event honoring roastee Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour.

River City RockFest (May 24, San Antonio, TX)

Nearly 20,000 were in attendance at the AT&T Center for the second year of San Antonio’s premier rock festival. The festival featured 25 top rock bands on four stages, including Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Deftones, Seether, Black Label Society, Hellyeah and others.

Rocklahoma (May 23-25, Pryor, OK)

A record crowd of over 60,000 fans turned out for America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds. Rocklahoma celebrated its eighth year with the best current active rock artists and classic bands including Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Skid Row, Filter, and many more.

Rockfest(May 31, Kansas City, MO)

Rockfest closed out the World’s Loudest Month festival series with over 50,000 in attendance for the seventh consecutive year. The 22nd year for America’s largest one-day music festival featured Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Steel Panther, The Pretty Reckless, Pop Evil, and more.

The World’s Loudest Month mobile app (available via iTunes and Android), features all festival information, the latest rock news, exclusive songs from current and previous WLM bands, and more.

Monster Energy is the official sponsor of the World’s Loudest Month for the second year in a row. Additional 2014 partnerships include Jägermeister, Jack Daniel’s and Ernie Ball. The World’s Loudest Month also works with Revolver to bring readers exclusive news, interviews and photos of all the festivals.




Reported by Scotty Moore, Publisher-Founder

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