Welcome to Rockville 2019 festival preview
Welcome to Rockville 2019 will be returning to Jacksonville, Florida this May 3rd-5th after a record-breaking 2018. This is the second year Rockville has expanded to span three days, after 2018 brought in a whopping 90,000+ fans. 2019 headliners include some of the biggest names in rock such as Korn, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Shinedown, Judas Priest, and Tool.
On the opening day of the festival Korn, Evanescence, and Chevelle will be the headlining acts. Korn’s performance is highly anticipated due to an Instagram post by Ray Luzier announcing that he has begun tracking drums for their thirteenth studio album. Evanescence and Chevelle will be two more major acts to see on the Friday.
Rockville’s most recently announced that EDM fans will enjoy a performance by The Crystal Method who will be filling in for The Prodigy after the tragic death of lead singer, Keith Flint. Another highly anticipated performance is by Beartooth who will be appearing at the festival for the fifth time following the release of their album Disease.
Saturday will be headlined by Rob Zombie, Shinedown, and Judas Priest. Rob Zombie will be the heavy hitter for Saturday especially after telling fans they can expect a new album coming for 2019.
Shinedown return after last headlining in 2016. This performance will follow the announcement late last year that Shinedown officially have the most top 10s in the history of Billboard's Rock Airplay chart. Judas Priest make their Rockville debut this year, the same year as their 50th anniversary.
Rob Halford says, "Judas Priest are primed and ready to unleash new firepower with full metal fury on the USA again as we are one of the headliners at Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida! The Priest is back!"
Sunday is arguably the most anticipated day, headlined by Tool, Incubus, and Bring Me the Horizon. Tool are seemingly the most talked about performance of the entire festival, likely due to the anticipation of their first studio album since 2006 releasing early this summer; we're hoping to hear some new tracks!
Also performing are British rock band, Bring Me the Horizon following the announcement of an international tour. In February, they cancelled the remaining tour dates on their “First Love” tour due to front-man, Oli Sykes, rupturing his vocal chord, but it seems Sykes has made a quick recovery. Rapcore band Fever 333, who accompanied BMTH on the aborted tour are another anticipated act following the release of Strength in Numb33rs and a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance - this is one act you do NOT want to miss.
Festival photos credited to Steve Thrasher, and Tool photo credited to Tim Cadiente.