Korn, Breaking Benjamin, and Skillet were recently compelled to call off their performances Friday night, May 20 at the Welcome To Rockville festival at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida after the event shut down early because of thunderstorms. In addition, Guns N’ Roses had to cancel their headlining set at the event due to the severe weather as well.
The concert promoter issues statement after it was called off
Shortly after 10:00 p.m., concert promoter Danny Wimmer Presents released a statement to fans on social media, saying: “We regret to inform you that the forecast currently has a high risk of continued weather over the next few hours. There is currently a break in the weather, so please exit the Grandstands immediately and calmly return to your vehicle or campsite. Regretfully, the remainder of tonight’s performances has been canceled. Thank you and see you tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:30 p.m.”
The promoter’s announcement came a little more than 30 minutes before Korn, the night’s headliner was slated to take the stage.
Earlier in the evening, it was announced that Megadeth would not make its scheduled Friday night performance because of “travel delays.”
It was noted that Welcome To Rockville opened on Thursday and was scheduled to feature appearances by nearly 90 acts over four days through Sunday, May 22. Kiss headlined the event on Thursday, with Guns N’ Roses scheduled to close the show on Saturday, May 21, and Nine Inch Nails on Sunday.
40,000 fans daily were expected to attend the festival, according to the promoter. Many fans who purchased tickets for Friday’s performances were understandably upset about the cancelations, with some asking for a refund. However, as per the Welcome To Rockville website , “No refunds or exchanges will be given as a result of weather conditions; and no refunds or exchanges will be given for inclement or severe weather that necessitates an evacuation, delay or cancellation in part or whole of the event.”