Back in September, Danny Wimmer Presents announced massive changes in store for the World’s Loudest Month festival series in 2019. A press release dropped on September 7th, 2018, announcing the Spring 2019 festival lineup. It included solidified dates for Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, which will be replacing Rock on the Range, as well as the announcement for a new destination music festival in North Carolina. Additionally, DWP revealed the return of Chicago Open Air and Jacksonville, Florida’s, Welcome to Rockville 2019. Sadly, there was no mention of fellow Florida festival, Fort Rock, a smaller two day festival in the World’s Loudest Month series.
This has left rock and metal music fans in the Fort Lauderdale area wondering: will Fort Rock return in 2019?
Although no other official announcements have been made as of yet, signs are starting to point to an unfortunate no, and here’s why we think that.
Aside from the lack of mention in the initial press release, “Save the Date” announcements and dates for early bird tickets had been announced by November in past years. The lineups were typically released in early December, but there have been no mentions of any of the above. Furthermore, the official Fort Rock website hasn’t been updated, left still displaying the lineup poster and dates for 2018.
If that doesn’t seem like sound enough evidence, it looks like the official Danny Wimmer Presents Facebook Page has provided a quiet response to at least one message with regards to the festival status, stating, “Unfortunately, we will not be continuing Fort Rock in 2019.” They go on to encourage attending Welcome to Rockville instead, adding, “We’ve curated an incredible lineup for Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, FL, May 3rd, 4th & 5th and we’d love to see you there!”
Again, there has been no official public announcement, but we will keep this space updated as we learn more. There is always a chance that something could get thrown together last minute, or maybe we’ll see some of the smaller festivals return as a fall series later in 2019, or resuming in 2020. Sky’s the limit!