Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville 2018 is a three-day metal and hard rock festival taking place in Jacksonville, Florida on April 27-29. This year, like most years, the lineup has some pretty fantastic artists. 2017’s solid roster featured Soundgarden, Def Leppard, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, and Mastodon. The headliners for 2018 include Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch, Avenged Sevenfold, and the legendary Ozzy Osbourne with Zakk Wylde. Smaller stage bands include Thrice, Stone Temple Pilots, Quicksand, Clutch, Baroness and Wolf Alice. With a collection of bands of this caliber, it’s easy to see why Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville is considered one of the best in class of America metal festivals.
There is a lot of excitement coursing through my veins in anticipation for this kick-ass festival. It’s been a number of years since Toronto has hosted anything resembling WTR18. That festival was Heavy TO in 2012 and was closest to the scale of Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville. Canada’s largest current metal festival is still Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec. But travelling to new places makes a festival experience even more special.
Stay tuned for a full report next spring!
Words by Samantha Carcasole