2020 was going to be a year to remember for festivals. Though most have been cancelled or moved later in the year, the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento is standing strong with the dates still locked in; October 9th-11th.
Featuring two nights of Metallica and a night with newly reunited My Chemical Romance, these two bands still say that they’re “all in,” if the show continues as planned. The headliners were released early this year as excitement for the festival increased.
No one knew what the year had in store for everyone in the world, and now as we sit just five months away from the tour date. As the situation remains sensitive, the festival has kept quiet about the remaining lineup.
Danny Wimmer, the head of the Aftershock Festival, talked with Pat Martin on local Sacramento radio station 98 Rock earlier this month about the future of the festival and live music.
“We want to make sure that those who can make it in their tour route can travel. We might be all good to go here in California, but the rest of the world may still be unable to travel,” Danny commented during the interview.
Every day feels like a week, and every week feels like a month when it comes to news on when live events can continue again.
And as far as the situation goes, there is no solid timeline, and no one knows for sure whether or not the festival will be cancelled. Although all tickets have been sold out for the last month, hypothetically, things are all set to go as planned unless told otherwise.
“We are fighting for it, but we will not do anything at the expense of the consumer’s safety,” Danny said. “We are working hard to make this show happen, but if it doesn’t, we are ensuring that fans can get a full refund or will be ‘locked in’ for 2021.”
Even though the festival plans have been met with persistence, the event host was sensitive to consumers who are worried for their safety and/or are no longer able to attend due to financial reasons. The website was updated to provide a ticket exchange and selling program through a reliable third party called Lyte. The tickets are still in demand, surprisingly, even in the middle of a pandemic. Fans who want to attend are hopeful for the festival’s future.
“If this show happens, it’s going to be one hell of a party,” concluded Pat.