Metropolitan Park in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida was the site for a two-day rock festival that shook the banks of the St. Johns River.

On April 25, Monster Energy’s two-day Welcome to Rockville festival kicked off for a hot and sweaty weekend with tens of thousands of rock and metal fans roaming the streets of Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Metropolitan Park, located in the heart of the city, had to expand its borders across the busy Gator Bowl Boulevard to the gates surrounding Everbank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in order to be able to accommodate the 40,000+ fans attending.

Despite some major weather issues (severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings) and multiple park-wide evacuations on Saturday, the show continued to go on all weekend. Fans rocked out to such heavy hitters as KoRn, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice And Men, Halestorm, Nonpoint, All That Remains, Butcher Babies, and many more. Even with the weather delays and scheduling conflicts, forcing a few bands to cancel their sets, almost 40+ acts performed on four different stages and shook the park to its core.

Slipknot closed the festival with the crowd chanting for more, as this was their second show of the tour in support of their latest album .5: The Gray Chapter and the first time they had been back to Jacksonville, Florida  in quite some time.

Images brought to you by photographers Julie Goldstein and Brittney Leland of Backstage VIPs.

A full gallery of the show can be found here.

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About The Author

Julie Goldstein is a 25 year old rock fanatic residing in Jacksonville, Florida. The first concert she ever attended was Evanescence back in 2007 where she became mesmerized by Amy Lee's stage presence. While attending college at the University of Florida for a bachelors degree in English, she saw Halestorm live in 2009 where Lzzy Hale awoke something in her that brought on a calling for music journalism. Julie has since gone from that small club show with her little point-and-shoot Sony to sold out, two day rock festivals behind the barricade with her Nikon DSLR and interviewing top acts such as Lacuna Coil, Sick Puppies, and Butcher Babies. She runs her own website at www.backstagevips.com where fans can take a step backstage for artist interviews, cd reviews, and concert photography.

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