Louder Than Life Announces Expanded Schedule With Metallica
With the recent cancellation of major music festivals this summer due to the unexpected breakout of the global coronavirus epidemic, Louder Than Life has announced that they have added a fourth day with Rock and Roll hall of famers Metallica scheduled to headline the mega-rock music festival set for September 17 in Louisville, KY. Longtime concert promoter Danny Wimmer Presents said in a statement on their official website that with the cancellation of the promoter’s signature spring rock festivals Sonic Temple, Epicenter and Welcome to Rockville many of the bands that were scheduled to perform at these events are being included in the yet-to-be-released lineup for the fall festival.
The addition of Metallica comes as good news to fans of the storied rock band. Metallica was originally scheduled to perform at Louder Than Life this summer but had to cancel due to James Hetfield’s re-entry into a rehab program to work on his recovery. The unexpected return to the lineup comes as Louder Than Life adds an additional day of music that includes Metallica’s headline performance scheduled for Thursday September 17.
“We simply couldn’t accept that after all we’ve gone through together this year that there would be no Metallica performance East of the Mississippi. And Metallica agrees,” Louder than Life officials said in a statement released Monday.
Louder Than Life started out in 2014 and quickly became one of the most recognized rock festivals, drawing 128,000 fans over the three-day weekend in 2019, and has featured some of the biggest names in rock, including Guns N Roses, Judas Priest, ZZ Top, Ozzy Osbourne, among other notable names.
For those who purchased tickets to Louder Than Life already, they will be given the fourth day free. Because of the current state of the economy caused by the pandemic, payments on the layaway plan will be deferred for a month. For those who would rather get a refund, they have until Friday to request it.
Louder than Life is scheduled to take place September 17-20 at the Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville.
To assure peace of mind to passholders during these uncertain times, festival organizers said, “While we don’t know if this pandemic will end in time for Hometown Rising, Louder than Life, or Bourbon & Beyond, rest assured that all passes will be refunded in the unfortunate event that any of these festivals are prevented from happening because of COVID-19.”