Metallica announces ten shows at five festivals in 2020

Group will headline all five Danny Wimmer Presents festivals

Metallica has unveiled that it’ll perform ten shows at five U.S. rock festivals throughout 2020. The group will headline all five of Danny Wimmer Presents spring and fall festivals, playing two separate sets over two nights — one Friday and one Sunday — during the same weekend.

The shows are May 1st and 3rd at Epicenter at its new location at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, May 8th and 10th headlining Welcome To Rockville at its new location at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL, May 15th and 17th at Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH, September 18th and 20th at Louder Than Life at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY and October 9th and 11th at Aftershock at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA.

These events will be the only chance to see Metallica at a U.S. festival in 2020. In addition to two appearances at each festival, Metallica will also deliver a unique set list for each performance, resulting in ten different shows over the course of the year.

“Metallica isn’t just another headliner. When Metallica takes the stage, it’s an event. It’s an experience. That’s the same standard we’ve set for every DWP festival – from the first band to the last band, and everything that happens in between. I can’t wait to bring the biggest band in the world to the biggest rock festivals in America,” says Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, the largest independent festival producer in the U.S. “Metallica paved this road that we travel. How many artists on the bill at these five festivals first picked up an instrument, or first started a band, because of Metallica?”

Tickets for all events are on sale now for Fan Club members and for past purchasers of tickets for Danny Wimmer Presents events. Fan Club members can get their pre-sale code through MetClub. The general public onsale begins Monday, October 14th at 9 am PT/noon ET. Fans can visit for more details including a live press conference from Metallica HQ in San Francisco.

For each ticket sold through November 19th, Danny Wimmer Presents will donate $.25 cents to All Within My Hands. To further celebrate this historic collaboration, Danny Wimmer Presents invites fans to enter the Golden Ticket contest. One lucky person will win an all-expenses paid trip to any DWP festival of their choice to see Metallica play two different nights and two different sets over one incredible weekend. The prize package includes rock star accommodations, exclusive festival access, opportunities to watch the show from the legendary Metallica Snake Pit, meet and greets, amazing memorabilia and more.

Fans are automatically entered to win by purchasing a Weekend GA or Weekend VIP pass to any of the five Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. 2020 rock festivals featuring Metallica, by signing up for the Fifth Member Fan Club or by subscribing to any of the five Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. 2020 rock festival newsletters. Offer only valid on purchases or signups between October 10th and November 19th. Winner must be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2020.

Metallica teased the news by quietly launching earlier this week, leading fans to speculate what it could be about, including something to do with the 20th anniversary of the original S&M concerts. Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² was released to theaters on Wednesday (Oct 9th), but more screenings were added following high demand. Fans can check out for more details.

The announcement follows the news that frontman James Hetfield has re-entered rehab, forcing the band to cancel their upcoming eight city tour of Australia and New Zealand. All tickets purchased to the shows in Australia and New Zealand, including Enhanced Experiences and Black Tickets, will be fully refunded via Live Nation Australia and Live Nation New Zealand.

Hetfield’s sobriety was documented in the 2004 documentary, Some Kind of Monster. The revealing documentary nearly broke the band apart as they struggled to cope with family and work. Hetfield had been sober ever since.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.