Set-up is in full swing at the Rockingham Speedway on U.S. Highway 1 just north of Rockingham, for Carolina Rebellion, a rock music festival that will take place there on Saturday.
Event officials said they sold out last year in Charlotte, and expect around 30,000 visitors at this event.
“The move here has centrally located us,” said General Site Manager Chad Cheek at The Rock on Wednesday. “We have equal access from three main arteries; from U.S. 1, Highway 73 and 220 from Greensboro.”
All camping spots are sold out for the venue and parking has been included in the ticket price this year, in an attempt to make things easier on fans. Cheek said there will be about 2,500 people camping.
This second annual festival will bring popular rock bands to two stages on Saturday, including P.O.D., Staind, Korn, Evanescence, Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch.
The tents and areas being set up are all meant to accommodate fans, from food tents including a gluten free food tent to medical and water tents and even a shade tent for relief from the sun.
“This site is larger than last year’s,” said Cheek. “We’ve been planning for months and we listened to a lot of comments from last year. Rockingham has been a great place to us. They’ve all been terrific to work with.”
Cheek has about 60 people on his crew setting up stages and tents and more than 300 portable toilets. That doesn’t account for the staff that will help with the actual event on Saturday.
Gates A and E will serve as entry points from the Highway 177 side of The Rock, and gates open at 7 a.m.
There will also be a Hangover Recovery VIP lounge for campers.
“The Hangover Recovery VIP Lounge will feature a cash bar and restroom access set aside for those with the Hangover Recovery VIP Lounge Ticket,” explains the website www.carolinarebellion.com. “Those who select this option will also have access to VIP Parking and an exclusive Rebel Festival entrance.”
Visit the website for menus, prices, and customer service information.
This event will be the next largest event that Richmond County has seen since NASCAR brought the Camping World Truck Series to the Rockingham Speedway in April. A heavy flow of traffic into the area in coming days will include fans and campers, and local businesses are likely to see the influx of this crowd.
“The energy at music festivals is so unique and interesting,” said Cheek. “It’s an annual event. It has such a great reputation and we care so much about the fans.”
Although the stages are beside each other and will host bands all day, they are scheduled to be staggered in such a way that bands won’t be playing over each other, explained Cheek.
11:50 a.m. - Paper Tongues
1:25 p.m. - Halestorm
3:20 p.m. - Chevelle
5:35 p.m. - Five Finger Death Punch
8:20 p.m. - Evanescence
10:45 p.m. - Shinedown
11:20 a.m. - Weaving the Fate
12:50 p.m. - Adelitas Way
2:35 p.m. - Volbeat
4:40 p.m. - Slash
7:15 p.m. - Staind
9:25 p.m. - Korn
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.