Metropolitan Park in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida was the site for a two-day rock festival that shook the banks of the St. Johns River.
On April 25, Monster Energy’s two-day Welcome to Rockville festival kicked off for a hot and sweaty weekend with tens of thousands of rock and metal fans roaming the streets of Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Metropolitan Park, located in the heart of the city, had to expand its borders across the busy Gator Bowl Boulevard to the gates surrounding Everbank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in order to be able to accommodate the 40,000+ fans attending.
Despite some major weather issues (severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings) and multiple park-wide evacuations on Saturday, the show continued to go on all weekend. Fans rocked out to such heavy hitters as KoRn, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice And Men, Halestorm, Nonpoint, All That Remains, Butcher Babies, and many more. Even with the weather delays and scheduling conflicts, forcing a few bands to cancel their sets, almost 40+ acts performed on four different stages and shook the park to its core.
Slipknot closed the festival with the crowd chanting for more, as this was their second show of the tour in support of their latest album .5: The Gray Chapter and the first time they had been back to Jacksonville, Florida in quite some time.
A full gallery of the show can be found here.
Images brought to you by photographers Julie Goldstein and Brittney Leland.