Welcome To Rockville’s milestone 10th edition brought in the festival’s biggest crowd yet, with 161,000 people that came to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida for the four-day music event, held November 11-14. The record attendance officially makes Welcome To Rockville America’s biggest rock festival. In addition, a worldwide at-home audience of 1.2 million unique viewers enjoyed the livestream with select festival performances, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content on the DWPresents On Twitch channel. Welcome To Rockville 2021 marks the first-time producers Danny Wimmer Presents have livestreamed one of their festivals.
Fans in attendance during the Welcome To Rockville weekend – and those watching at home – were also the first to find out Rockville’s 2022 headliners, which have been announced as KISS (Thursday, May 19), KORN (Friday, May 20), GUNS N’ ROSES (Saturday, May 21) and FOO FIGHTERS (Sunday, May 22). The full festival lineup will be announced in December.
We knew we had to do something massive to follow the biggest Welcome To Rockville in history so we went out and got rock legends Guns N’ Roses, newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Foo Fighters, (you wanted the best, we got you the best) KISS and DWP’s most requested band, KORN. We’re looking forward to breaking records at THE WORLD CENTER OF ROCK with you, see you in 2022!Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents
Not only was Welcome To Rockville an incredible finale for Danny Wimmer Presents 2021 festival season – welcoming a grand total of more than 500,000 fans across four events – but Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience was also the final chance to catch two nights and two unique sets from Metallica as part of a unique partnership between the band and DWP for this year only.
In addition to playing a massive set of hits on Friday night, METALLICA commemorated the 30th anniversary of their seminal Black Album on Sunday night by playing it in full, from back to front. To mark the conclusion of the band’s special partnership with Danny Wimmer Presents, DWP founder Danny Wimmer presented METALLICA with a $25,000 check for the band’s All Within My Hands foundation.
Welcome To Rockville offered other memorable moments, including SLIPKNOT’S final show date of 2021 where they played their brand-new song “The Chapeltown Rag” for the first time outside of Knotfest as well as a rousing headlining set from DISTURBED that offered some of the band’s biggest hits. LYNYRD SKYNYRD also gave a memorable final North Florida hometown performance after more than 50 years together while GWAR celebrated 30 years of their hit record Scumdogs of the Universe. As well, MASTODON played their first show since releasing the Billboard-topping new album Hushed and Grim while Welcome To Rockville host and Metal Ambassador Jose Mangin took the stage with ICE NINE KILLS where he grimly re-enacted a lyric in the song “Hip To Be Scared.”
The weekend also furthered the successful partnership between DWP and Twitch that allowed fans to tune into “That Space Zebra Show” throughout Welcome To Rockville for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content. The 1.2 million unique viewers that tuned in for over 10.9 million minutes throughout the festival were treated to performances by STAIND, CYPRESS HILL, DISTURBED, ROB ZOMBIE and dozens more.