Rock On The Range, one of the biggest rock festivals in North America, is coming to an end after a 12-year run at Columbus, Ohio’s MAPFRE Stadium. The event will be reborn next year as the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and will debut at the same venue on May 17th, 18th and 19th, 2019.
The changes are due to a split between Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, the two companies that have co-produced the event in the past. Danny Wimmer told Loudwire that he sees the rebranding as a chance to upgrade the festival, explaining, “I feel like Rock On The Range has fallen short on delivering better art installations and better food and drink options. Rock On The Range is the biggest rock festival in America that has no bells and whistles. This show deserves to have better offerings.”
Wimmer added, “We’ve built this to 45,000 fans a day, they deserve to get the art and the secondary entertainment. They deserve the best food options. They deserve to have the stadium look different than it does for normal events. They deserve for this to not be just another stadium parking lot show.”
Rock On The Range has featured a top-shelf lineup of acts over the past dozen years, including Metallica, Tool, Slash, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Three Days Grace, Stone Sour, Greta Van Fleet, Halestorm, Seether, Disturbed, Volbeat and many others.