The massive twin festivals Rock am Ring and Rock im Park in Germany were among the major events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, organizers have announced the initial details of the 2021 fests, with planned 2020 headliners System of a Down, Green Day, and Volbeat all agreeing to sign on for next year’s events.
Rock am Ring and Rock im Park were set to celebrate their 35th and 25th anniversaries, respectively, in 2020. The 2021 editions of Rock am Ring and Rock im Park will take place concurrently on the weekend of June 11th-13th, in the cities of Nürburgring and Nürnberg, respectively.
Update, September 25th: Since the initial announcement of the three 2021 headliners, two new waves of artists have been announced. In addition to System of a Down, Green Day, and Volbeat, lineups for the two fests include Deftones, Mastodon, Baroness, The Offspring, Korn, Gojira, Code Orange, and many more acts. See the updated poster below.
System will headline Rock im Park on Friday (June 11th) and Rock am Ring on Sunday (June 13th). Green Day tops the Rock am Ring bill on Saturday (June 12th) and the Rock im Park lineup on Sunday. And Volbeat will headline Rock am Ring on Friday and Rock im Park on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out with System of a Down between now and next June, as singer Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan have been on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the current protests and political climate in the States. Tankian has called for the end of the Trump regime, while Dolmayan has praised the president as “the greatest friend to minorities.”