Bye-bye Rock on the Range, hello Sonic Temple

Joel Oliphint

Concert promoter Danny Wimmer Presents announced today that Rock on the Range, the popular hard-rock festival that has taken place at Mapfre/Crew Stadium since 2007, is being replaced by the new Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, which will take place at Mapfre the weekend of May 17-19 in 2019.

“When we started Rock On The Range, there was no other festival in America quite like it but recently it became clear that we had different visions of where to take the festival next. The city of Columbus and our devoted rock fans deserve a one-of-a-kind, world-class festival, and that is exactly what Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will bring to MAPFRE Stadium," Wimmer said in a press release. 

Rock on the Range began as a one-day event with headliners ZZ Top, Velvet Revolver and Evanescence, then returned in 2008 as a two-day fest. By 2012, the event grew to three days, and over the years it drew more than 100,000 people per weekend. 2018 Rock on the Range headliners included Tool, Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and A Perfect Circle.

Rock on the Range recently made news as organizers had contacted the city about using part of Three Creeks Metro Park as a site for the fest. (The city found it to not be a viable option.)