Welcome to Rockville Day 1

Welcome To Rockville – Day 1 Thoughts

and Tips for Days 2 and 3

Well, Day 1 at this year’s epic Welcome To Rockville is in the books and it was one hell of an opening chapter. The Prince of Darkness stole the show with a legendary set, and none of the other five bands we caught disappointed.

The Bands
I will have plenty more on all of the bands after the festival wraps up, but Ozzy Osborne and longtime guitarist set the bar pretty damn high with a ferocious romp down memory lane. Godsmack also impressed with an incendiary set (literally) in front of a huge crowd. Lizzy Hale and Halestorm are loved in Jacksonville and they delivered a set that had their sizable crowd quite satisfied.

FFDP and The Used had their moments as well. As noted earlier, we will have more on all of the music after the festival.

Tips for Day 2 and 3

Get there early – the crowds are larger than I ever remember.
Pay a little extra for good parking – the walks from the cheaper lots can be up to a mile and you are going to do plenty of walking.
Buy your merch at the official stands – there were dozens of people selling shirts illegally on the grounds. Those people are stealing from the bands you love. If you buy merch, go to the stand near the river where there were no lines.
Food – Grab it while you are watching a band at the Metropolitan Stage as there are plenty of vendors around the outskirts. I grabbed some Island Noodles which were great, as usual.
Meet an artist – FYE is setup near the River Stage and have many signings and the lines were not bad. Go there early, and take a picture of the schedule.
Bathrooms – skip the huge bank of portable toilets when you walk in. There were cleaner options with no lines elsewhere.
Alcohol – no lines near the river, good wine selections at Caduceus and frozen drinks at the Tiki Bar. Unfortunately beer choices suck this year.
Charging Station is located between the River and Metropolitan Stages
Shade – there is shade at the Monster Energy Sage under two huge awnings. Use it. There are also benches in the shade at The River Stage and one nice spots along the river. Check them out when you want to chill for a little while.
Water – $3 per bottle but you are allowed to bring in one 20 oz unopened bottle too. Do it.

The Bands

I will have plenty more on all of the bands after the festival wraps up, but Ozzy Osborne and longtime guitarist set the bar pretty damn high with a ferocious romp down memory lane. Godsmack also impressed with an incendiary set (literally) in front of a huge crowd. Lizzy Hale and Halestorm are loved in Jacksonville and they delivered a set that had their sizable crowd quite satisfied.

FFDP and The Used had their moments as well. As noted earlier, we will have more on all of the music after the festival.

Tips for Day 2 and 3
  • Get there early – the crowds are larger than I ever remember.
  • Pay a little extra for good parking – the walks from the cheaper lots can be up to a mile and you are going to do plenty of walking.
  • Buy your merch at the official stands – there were dozens of people selling shirts illegally on the grounds. Those people are stealing from the bands you love. If you buy merch, go to the stand near the river where there were no lines.
  • Food – Grab it while you are watching a band at the Metropolitan Stage as there are plenty of vendors around the outskirts. I grabbed some Island Noodles which were great, as usual.
  • Meet an artist – FYE is setup near the River Stage and have many signings and the lines were not bad. Go there early, and take a picture of the schedule.
  • Bathrooms – skip the huge bank of portable toilets when you walk in. There were cleaner options with no lines elsewhere.
  • Alcohol – no lines near the river, good wine selections at Caduceus and frozen drinks at the Tiki Bar. Unfortunately beer choices suck this year.
  • Charging Station is located between the River and Metropolitan Stages
  • Shade – there is shade at the Monster Energy Sage under two huge awnings. Use it. There are also benches in the shade at The River Stage and one nice spots along the river. Check them out when you want to chill for a little while.
  • Water – $3 per bottle but you are allowed to bring in one 20 oz unopened bottle too. Do it.

Share your thoughts, we'd love to hear...