Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will begin Friday, May 17 and go through Sunday, May 19. The festival will officially replace Rock On The Range in 2019.

U.S. music festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents have announced the new Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. The three-day event will debut at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019. Sonic Temple promises premium food and beverage selections, art installations, plus expanded onsite experiences to accompany a diverse music lineup, featuring some of the biggest and most important bands in hard rock and metal, to be announced in the coming months.

The announcement of the inaugural Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival replaces long-standing festival Rock On The Range. In addition to Rock On The Range’s replacement, DWP plans to bring back Chicago Open Air and add a new destination music festival in North Carolina. Chicago Open air will run the same weekend as Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival.

“I am so proud of what we accomplished with Rock on the Range, and we couldn’t have done it without our partnership with AEG,” Danny Wimmer commented. “When we started Rock on the Range, there was no other festival in America quite like it but recently it became clear that we had different visions of where to take the festival next. The city of Columbus and our devoted rock fans deserve a one-of-a-kind, world-class festival, and that is exactly what Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will bring to MAPFRE Stadium. Similarly, DWP will welcome a new festival in North Carolina this spring at a new location in the city of Rockingham that will allow us to go all night in a more European-style setting. We will be announcing that festival’s name and exact location soon. We are also looking forward to bringing back Chicago Open Air better than ever and continuing to build on the record setting pace of Welcome to Rockville.”

He added, “I believe that the festival market is at a major inflection point. The proliferation of music festivals has been good for competition and caused promoters to aggressively pursue expanded entertainment and enhanced experiences. At festivals like Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life, for example, we have been able, and will continue, to rise to the challenge and push the boundaries in food programs, wine and spirits offerings, art installations and all of the other things that fans have come to expect. This growth is essential for rock festivals to hold their own against our cousins in other genres. We are about to embark on the next generation of rock festivals this spring.”

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