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Sacramento's Aftershock Festival postponed to October 2021; Metallica still headlining

Sacramento Bee logoSacramento Bee 7/25/2020 By Michael McGough, The Sacramento Bee

Aftershock Music Festival in Sacramento has been postponed by one full year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Danny Wimmer Presents, which organizes the annual hard rock concert series, announced the decision in a news release Friday. Wimmer’s team had held out hope Aftershock could become the area’s “first post-COVID festival to happen” by proceeding with the sold-out event this year, Oct. 9-11, at Discovery Park.

“We waited as long as we could but, unfortunately, the recent spike of cases now requires that we reschedule this year’s sold-out Aftershock to 2021,” the announcement said.

The 2021 Aftershock Music Festival will be expanded to four days rather than three, and is now set for Oct. 7-10, still at Discovery Park.

Metallica and My Chemical Romance, who’d been confirmed as headliners for the 2020 show, are still slated to headline the 2021 event.

The rest of the festival lineup will be announced this October, organizers said.

Aftershock says on Monday it will email those who purchased passes to this year’s show with options including refunds, but that it will include the newly added fourth night of the festival for free as an exclusive deal to fans who defer their original purchase to the 2021 show.

The postponement comes as California, including the Sacramento region, grapple with a resurgence of COVID-19 activity. As of Friday, the coronavirus had infected more than 435,000 across the state and killed 8,000 Californians, including 103 deaths in Sacramento County.

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