The inaugural Epicenter Festival is in the books, wrapping Sunday night with a rousing performance by legendary rockers the Foo Fighters.
The three-day music fest featured more than 65 bands across four stages May 10-12, at the Rockingham Dragway and Festival Grounds, in Rockingham, NC. While the Foos headlined May 12 with a highly anticipated show, Korn headlined Friday with a set filled with guitar-driven supremacy and Jonathan Davis’ aggressive vocals.
Unfortunately, Saturday’s performances were cut short due to severe weather.
Despite Mother Nature’s curveball, groove-metallers Alien Weaponry, festival favorites Motionless In White, and others delivered stellar sets, before the force that is Black Label Society his the festival stage. The band got two raucous songs in before fest organizers had to evacuate the event due to dangerous weather. But if any band had a shot at pre-empting Mother Nature’s strike, Zakk Wylde and company’s immense power and raging riffs came close to blowing her off course.
Saturday headliners Tool, Judas Priest and The Cult were among the bands whose sets were later canceled.
Meanwhile, Friday’s highpoints included Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss joining Evanescence on stage. Rapper/actor Machine Gun Kelly rapt fans with his lyrical prowess – while scaling rigging - and Rob Zombie did not disappoint (as if he ever could).
Sunday went off without a hitch, following stage repairs, etc., overnight. Near perfect temperatures and clear skies punctuated solid performances by Bring Me The Horizon, guitar-legend Tom Morello, Mastodon, and 311, before Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters ignited the stage with a nearly two-hour show.
Stay tuned on AXS.com for more coverage from Epicenter 2019.