The eighth annual Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville wrapped its biggest year yet on Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 with a record sold out crowd of more than 90,000 in attendance at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL, and hotel rooms sold out across the city.
In 2018, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville grew to three days for the first time, and also expanded the festival grounds to include a portion of the parking lots at Everbank Field. Headlining sets included Ozzy Osbourne, who kicked off his “No More Tours 2” farewell tour at the festival, plus Foo Fighters who played Jacksonville for the first time ever in their 23-year career (and whose set included a special guest appearance by Billy Idol), as well as an electrifying set from Avenged Sevenfold, culminating with a gigantic fireworks display.
Ozzy Osbourne (credit: Ross Halfin)
Other performance highlights at Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville included Stone Sour, Godsmack celebrating their 20th anniversary, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Stone Temple Pilots debuting new singer Jeff Gutt at one of the new lineup’s first festival appearances. The three-day weekend also offered a taste of up-and-coming talent including Greta Van Fleet, The Fever 333, Bad Wolves and local acts MDFK and Yashira.
In addition to music, attendees were able to try a taste of Jacksonville with some of the city’s local favorite restaurants, cuisine and food trucks. Specialty beverage experiences for those 21+ included Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by 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), as well as Mrkt N Jolt which offered hot coffee, cold brew or other sundry items.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville also featured a variety of unique entertainment options to go along with the incredible music lineup, including the Monster Energy Experience (where fans met Rockville artists), the Jack Daniel’s Experience, The Music Experience and The Student Experience, the Fearless Records Experience, the Jacksonville Jaguars VIP Rock N Jock Experience (with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Stone Temple Pilots) and the f.y.e. Fan Experience (where fans purchased music from all the performing bands and took part in meet & greets and artist signings).
Avenged Sevenfold (credit: Steve Trasher)
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicked off the annual World’s Loudest Month festival series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in six U.S. events in distinct atmospheres during five consecutive weekends in April and May of 2018.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion and more.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2018 sponsors included Bud Light, Samuel Adams, 3 Olives Vodka, Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Jose Cuervo Tequila, f.y.e., Jack Daniel’s, Zippo, SWFTCharge, The Music Experience, US Army, Fearless Records, Roadrunner Records, Rise Records, Fxck Cancer/Dyin 2 Live, Take Me Home, Love Hope Strength, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC.
Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Crowd (credit: Sam Shapiro)