Aftershock 2020 Cancelled; 2021 Expands to Four Nights

In a long-awaited announcement this afternoon, Danny Wimmer Presents, the Aftershock promoter, has officially announced the COVID-19 forced cancellation of Aftershock 2020.

With this announcement came the news that Aftershock will expand to a fourth night. The festival is now scheduled to take place beginning on Thursday, October 7th through Sunday, October 10th.

Headliners Metallica and My Chemical Romance will stay at the top of the bill, with Metallica playing two nights of different sets.

Additionally, it was announced that ticket holders who roll their tickets over to 2021 will receive the 4th night for free. An email will be sent to current ticket holders on July 27th with more information.

A headliner for Thursday was not announced, although DWP promises another announcement to come in October 2020 with the full and complete 2021 lineup.

“Everyone in the Metallica camp is beyond bummed that we can’t come connect with all you incredible music fans in Sacramento and the surrounding area this October which, as you know, is just up Interstate 80 from where we are based. But obviously your health and safety, as well as that of everybody working the festival, and our crew is paramount. So, if that means we have to wait until the pandemic is contained to rock out with you all, that’s what we’ll have to do. We’re counting the days until we can see you in October 2021 and look forward to joining our brothers in My Chemical Romance and all the other great artists (to be announced) for an incredible weekend of music, good vibes, and plenty of aftershocks! See you in Sacramento at Aftershock 2021. Until then, hoping you all stay safe and sound and take care of each other. Much love.”


“It is a bittersweet moment looking at the 2020 calendar and watching all the incredible experiences we planned on sharing with each other and our fans this year slowly slip away. However, knowing that the world is historically changing for the better and that those experiences are simply postponed until next year for the safety of all involved, and not canceled, is a comforting and welcomed feeling. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this terrible pandemic and we support every effort to keep every human being safe and healthy. We look forward to being part of Aftershock 2021 in Sacramento, California on the weekend of October 7-10 with Metallica and so many other amazing bands. We are counting the minutes until we can see you all again, but until then please: Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Be Kind, and Keep the Faith. XO”

My Chemical Romance

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