NASCAR and its fans have nicknamed Rockingham Motor Speedway in Rockingham, NC “The Rock”, but for 3 days in May 2019 it was the Epicenter of real Rock ‘n Roll (with a little Metal & Hip Hop mixed in),
Like most Spring time outdoor festivals in the U.S., no multiple day festivals are complete without Mother Nature being a bi-polar bitch. Sunday, the day that there was previously a 100% chance of rain and severe weather, turned out to be the best day, without any delays or cancellations. Friday was mostly care free, but Saturday she smacked the crap out of the venue, vendors (The Music Experience & Zippo were especially hard hit), and campers forcing the cancellation of several bands including Judas Priest and Saturday’s headliner – Tool.
Despite Mother Nature’s irregular and chaotic outbursts, Epicenter was one helluva great time and offered an incredible music and entertainment line-up from the Hellzapoppin Freak show to breaking and iconic bands from around the world. We also talked to seven bands on camera, including:
Alien Weaponry from New Zealand
Amigo the Devil from Texas
Badflower from L.A.
Ded from Arizona
Hyro the Hero from L.A.
Memphis May Fire from Nashville
Tetrarch (originally from Georgia – now L.A.)
Bands that we were able to see and photo included:
Architects from the U.K.
Arrested Youth from Louisville, KY
Black Label Society from L.A.
Bring Me the Horizon from the U.K.
Demob Happy from the U.K.
Evanescence from NY
Sunday night and Festival headliner the Foo Fighters
Ho99o9 from Newark, NJ
Killswitch Engage from Westfield, MA
Friday Night Headliner KORN from Bakersfield, CA
Mastodon from Atlanta, GA
Machine Gun Kelly from Cleveland, OH
Motionless in White from Scranton, PA
Movements from SoCal
Rob Zombie from Another World
SHVPES from the U.K.
Skillet from Memphis, TN (now Wisconsin)
The Crystal Method from Las Vegas, NV
The Dirty Nil from Canada
The Glorious Sons from Canada
The Interrupters from L.A.
While She Sleeps from the U.K.
Zeal & Ardor from Switzerland
Written by Wes “Rockwel” Anderson
Photo’s by Melissa “Mischievous Mel” and Wes “Rockwell” Anderson