As previously reported Danny Wimmer Presents had announced plans for a new North Carolina destination festival. That new festival has been christened the Epicenter Festival and has been scheduled to take place from Friday, May 10th through Sunday, May 12th at the Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, NC. The lineup for the inaugural festival will be announced on Monday, December 10th at 9:00 AM ET.
Epicenter is set to replace Carolina Rebellion following a split in partnership between concert producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG. Danny Wimmer said of the new festival:
“We are very proud of what Carolina Rebellion represented, so we understand that our decision to replace it was confusing to people. It took more time than we had hoped to make the final decision and then work out all of the details. Ultimately, we felt that there was so much more that we could accomplish in the right circumstances.
The creation of the ‘Epicenter of rock ‘n’ roll’ in the heart of North Carolina gives us the ability to expand on the festival experience with enhanced camping amenities, nighttime entertainment with no curfew, and expanded food and beverage offerings, all highlighted by a massive music lineup covering the spectrum of rock, metal and alternative rock music. There’s always a next level to strive for — and after eight great years of Carolina Rebellion, Epicenter is that next level.”
Carolina Rebellion will not be returning following Wimmer and AEG at odds over the direction of the festival. As a result, Epicenter Festival and Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival have emerged in placed of Caroline Rebellion and Rock On The Range, respectively. Both are being produced solely by Danny Wimmer Presents.
AEG for their part have filed a lawsuit against Wimmer in a Los Angeles, CA superior court on 25 civil counts. The suit alleges breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, unfair competition and trademark infringement on the part of Danny Wimmer Presents. Billboard got a hold of documents that shed more light on the matter.