Metallica announce special festival shows for 2020

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The legendary thrash metal band Metallica confirmed their first festival shows for 2020. The band will be headlining five major American festivals in 2020 playing two unique headline sets at each festival.

Several years have passed since Metallica performed at festivals after the release of their tenth studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct in 2016. Now, it was announced that the band will headline all five festivals organized by Danny Wimmer next year. They include EpicenterWelcome To RockvilleSonic Temple Art + Music Festival Louder Than Life and Aftershock. Moreover, it was confirmed that Metallica will play two separate headlining sets at each stop, resulting in 10 different shows over the course of the year. Tickets for all five festivals are on sale now for Metallica fan club members, while a general sale will start on October 14 at 9:00 AM PT.

Earlier, the band announced the postponement of their upcoming tour dates with Slipknot in Australia, as James Hetfield had re-entered rehab. However, their South-American tour next Spring with Greta Van Fleet as special guests is still on schedule.

Nonetheless, it still remains a mystery whether Metallica will also be performing at European festivals next summer.

You can see the full announcement below:


Metallica are an American thrash metal band formed in 1981. They are considered to be one of the ‘big four’ of thrash metal, together with Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Since the band released debut album Kill ‘Em All, they have sold over 125 million records worldwide. Their third album Master of Puppets came out in 1986. It is considered one of the heaviest and most influential albums of their genre. Following the death of bassist Cliff Burton in 1986, the band achieved huge commercial success with their eponymous black album in 1991.

With very powerful live performances, Metallica are one of the greatest live and most commercially successful bands of all time. The band has won nine Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2016, Metallica released their latest album Hardwired…to Self Destruct.

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Athanasios Kouklas

From Thessaloniki, Greece, currently living in Switzerland. Travel, music and festival enthusiast. Been to Pinkpop, Rock Werchter, Wacken, Rock am Ring, Southside and numerous concerts of all kinds in Europe. Favourite bands include: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Rammstein, Foo Fighters, Motörhead and The Rolling Stones..

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