DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. – The Welcome to Rockville festival got off to a wet and rocky start in Daytona Beach this weekend.
The festival was scheduled to take place Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22 at Daytona International Speedway, but several performances were canceled Friday and Saturday due to extreme weather conditions.
During the day on Friday, performances were temporarily halted and fans took shelter as time passed. In the end, the festival was canceled friday night due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Bands unable to perform on Friday were KORN, Megadeth (due to travel issues), Breaking Benjamin, Underoath, Skillet and We Came As Romans, a spokesperson said.
On Saturday, conditions cleared enough for the show to continue, with music starting at 12:45 p.m. but shortly before 10 p.m. the festival was canceled for the rest of the night due to weather. Guns N’ Roses, Dirty Honey, Sick Of It All, Alexisonfire were unable to perform due to cancellations, a spokesperson said.
“Since the bands are touring, they cannot perform on a different date over the weekend,” a spokesperson said in a statement to FOX 35 News.
The FOX 35 Storm team is tracking another round of rain and thunderstorms on Sunday. Between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., thunderstorms will arrive in our central and northern counties. Heavy rain, gusty winds, small hail and lightning are expected.
FOX 35 News will update this article if the festival announces cancellations on Sunday.
In the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Welcome to Rockville website, it states: “No refunds or exchanges will be given due to weather conditions; and no refunds or exchanges will be given for inclement weather or extreme weather conditions. extreme weather requiring evacuation, delay or cancellation of all or part of the event.”
“No refunds are being made as the festival is a ‘rain or shine’ event,” a spokesperson told FOX 35 News on Saturday. “However, Friday ticket buyers have received additional information via email.”