Aftershock Festival Reschedules to October 2021 with Metallica, My Chemical Romance

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The Aftershock 2020 festival is rescheduled for October 2021 – Metallica and My Chemical Romance will headline.

The Aftershock 2021 show will feature an extra fourth night in partnership with Jack Daniels. Danny Wimmer Presents, the company in charge of Aftershock, shared the news via Facebook.

“After all the harm caused by COVID-19, there is nothing that we wanted more than to be celebrating Aftershock with you this October at Discovery Park for what was going to be a monumental weekend,” the statement begins. “We, the artists, and Sacramento County all thought we had a shot at being the first post-COVID festival to happen.”

“That really would have been incredible. We waited as long as we could but, unfortunately, the recent spike of cases now requires that we reschedule this year’s sold-out Aftershock to 2021.”

Aftershock 2020 ticketholders will receive an email today regarding their ticket status. Those who keep their tickets for next year can attend the fourth additional night at no extra charge.

That’s an interesting strategy to keep 2020 attendees as ticket holders for the Aftershock 2021 event. It’s more compensation than some earlier festivals have offered their customers asking for a refund. Aftershock says fans who need a full refund of the ticket price will be able to get one.

Metallica will perform two unique sets on Friday and Saturday evening. The remainder of the Aftershock 2021 line-up will be announced later in October.

“Everyone in the Metallica camp is beyond bummed that we can’t connect with all you incredible music fans in Sacramento and the surrounding area this October,” Metallica wrote to their fans. “We’re counting the days until we can see you in October 2021. We 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!”

The return of live music and concerts in 2020 is appearing increasingly unlikely. Justin Bieber and Pearl Jam have rescheduled their 2020 concerts for 2021.

Some Australian experts believe live concerts and huge festivals won’t be able to return until 2021. If that prediction comes true, many smaller music festivals may die out.

It’s especially bad for musicians, 85% of which can’t pay their bills without live shows. A new study reveals just how much musicians are hurting because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re worried about the health implications when touring does return. 90% of Americans say they won’t return to live shows until a vaccine is available.