MAPFRE Stadium
One Black and Gold Blvd
Columbus, OH 43211

Festival Map

Parking & Camping Map

Parking Passes

Save time by purchasing your parking pass for Sonic Temple now. Each pass includes parking for all three shows days.

Premium Parking

If you want a guaranteed spot in close proximity to the festival entrance, check out Premium Parking. Premium Parking is available for both VIP and GA weekend ticket holders.

buy pass now – $90.00 (all in)


GA Parking

General Parking is also available for advanced sale.

buy pass now – $60.00 (all in)



Why stress about losing your ID, dancing with a full backpack, or carrying around new merch? Keep your items safe and secure throughout the weekend—and your phone fully charged—by renting a locker. Lockers are internally equipped with a universal phone charger, so whether you’ve got an iPhone or an Android, you can juice up safely and come back for it without missing a beat. Each locker measures approximately 8″ high, 12″ wide, and 18″ deep—plenty of space for backpacks or purses.

And here’s a pro tip: Lockers make a great meeting point for you and your crew


fan hotel rates by ares

We’ve partnered with aResTravel to help you browse special fan rates for hotels all around Columbus to make joining us at Sonic Temple a breeze. With aRes, you can search all local hotels based on price, proximity to the venue or whatever amenity is most important to you.

find a hotel here



Metallica Announcement Info

To support James Hetfield’s recovery, Metallica regretfully informs fans band is canceling its performances at Sonic Temple. CLICK HERE to read the official statement from Metallica and James Hetfield.

A Message From The Promotor

Of course, we are all disappointed that Metallica won’t be playing Sonic Temple. But really, when you stop and think about it, I am nothing but proud and supportive of James. Let’s be straight – we have lost a lot of great people recently including Chester, Chris, Keith and Scott. Something needs to change. As a rock community, we have to support those that are going to take a stand. And that is exactly what James is doing. He is changing his life’s direction to a better place and we should all find our own strength in honor of his courage.

When we learned about this, the DWP team went into overdrive to find amazing replacements for you. Honestly, given how close we are to Sonic Temple, I was worried about who would be available to play. I am inspired by how willing James’ peers have been to step up and support him. I am extremely grateful that both Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool rearranged their schedules on short notice to fill in for Metallica at Sonic Temple. Both bands are excited to play Sonic Temple.

While I am disappointed that I will not get to see our original Metallica vision come to fruition, I am thrilled with the experience that you will be getting at Sonic Temple this year. We look forward to seeing you there.

– Danny Wimmer

Pass Options & Refunds

Find pass options & refunds HERE


Who is playing at Sonic Temple?

The full Sonic Temple 2020 lineup can be found on the LINEUP PAGE.

Which stage and what time will bands be playing?

A full schedule with set times will be posted about 2 weeks before the show on our SCHEDULE PAGE

Where should I park?

Specific parking information for the festival will be posted closer to the festival dates.

What ages are allowed?

This is an all ages event. All attendees are required to purchase a full-price pass regardless of age. We encourage parents to bring hearing protection for their children.

Will re-entry be allowed at the festival?

No. Once you have entered the venue each day, you will not be allowed to leave and come back in. Please plan accordingly.

What about the weather?

Sonic Temple is an outdoor event and is held rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges will be given for weather. In the event of rain, we advise ponchos and rain boots.

What time do the doors to the venue open and when will it be over?

Doors will open at 11:30am. The show’s end time will be posted closer to the event dates.



What Is Moshing?

  • Moshing occurs when a group of patrons run at and slam into each other during a show.  It often takes place in a loosely organized circle within a general admission crowd (a “mosh pit”), although it can be as simple as two people repeatedly running into each other during a show and bouncing off in another direction.
    • Moshing can occur in any area of a general admission crowd, including directly in front of the stages.

What’s the big deal about Moshing?

  • Moshing can be dangerous to both participants and bystanders.
  • Moshers can suffer bruises, cuts, sprains, and broken bones, especially where some participants are bigger than others, are moshing more aggressively, or if someone gets hit when they’re not ready.
  • Moshing is also dangerous for non-participants standing nearby.  A mosher who breaks through the circle can seriously injure a bystander who is just watching the show and not bracing for impact.

I don’t want to Mosh!! What can I do?

  • Be aware of your surroundings!  If you see a Mosh Pit forming near where you’re standing, and are uncomfortable being in the proximity of such activities, find an alternate location from which to enjoy the performance!

Crowd Surfing [Include Attached Image]

What is Crowd Surfing?

  • Crowd surfing occurs where a patron is lifted up onto the hands of other patrons, who then pass the surfer along the top of the crowd.  Surfing can take place anywhere in a general admission crowd.
    • Crowd surfing most commonly (but not always) occurs in the areas directly in front of the stages.
    • Surfing most commonly (but not always) travels from the back of the crowd TOWARDS the stage.

What’s the big deal about Crowd Surfing?

  • It is dangerous for both the surfer and other patrons.
  • Crowd surfers have virtually no control of their bodies once they are above the crowd.  Surfers can be groped, hit, or dropped.  Although crowds experienced with surfers generally try to pass them towards the stage, there is no guarantee where or how the ride will end or how the surfer will find their friends in the crowd once they come down.
  • Most of the audience is looking at the Stage!  Surfers literally put their health and safety in the hands of people they don’t know who are paying attention to something else.
  • Surfers also endanger other people.  A crowd surfer struggling to stay aloft can kick someone in the head or poke them with their hands.  Surfing is especially dangerous during an artist’s set, when most patrons are facing the stage and the surfer is being passed from behind them.

I don’t want to Crowd Surf!!  What can I do?

  • Be aware of your surroundings!  If Crowd Surfing is taking place near where you’re standing, and you are uncomfortable being in the proximity of such activities, find an alternate location from which to enjoy the performance!

All of us are responsible for our own safety!  Have a great time at the show, and take care of yourself and others!

Will there be plenty of food at the venue?

Yes! We are working with local food trucks, restaurants, caterers, and vendors to provide top-notch food, drinks, and deliciousness for all. A variety of beverages (including liquor, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic) will be served all over the festival grounds as well in the General Admission and VIP areas.

Can I use a credit/debit card to by passes, food, beverages and merchandise? Will there be ATMs available?

Most of our food and beverage stands do accept credit cards.  Our merchandise booth does also accept cards.  There  will also be multiple ATMs inside the venue. 

Will alcohol be sold?

Yes. Beer, wine and mixed drinks will be sold to those with a valid ID.

Is there camping at the event?

Yes, please visit our CAMPING page for full info.

Is the venue ADA accessible?

Wheelchair-accessible and companion seating are available throughout the stadium. Please see Guest Services for assistance, look for the wheelchair symbols on event maps, and watch for the signs with the wheelchair symbol. Guest Services is located near Gate 5 in the southwest end of the stadium

All restroom facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Who May Use these Areas?
Patrons who use wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices. Patrons who have mobility limitations of such significance that it substantially limits their ability to stand.

Companion Policy:
Each person eligible for the Access Program may bring ONE adult companion into the reserved viewing areas at any given time. Families, consisting of no more than two adults and any minor children, when one member of the family has a disability, may stay together in the reserved areas.

What’s NOT Cool?
Faking it! We must reserve these viewing areas for patrons who genuinely have mobility disabilities. Overcrowding the Access areas defeats the purpose. Have a heart; do NOT abuse the system!

Still have questions?
Email us at access@sonictemplefestival.com and we will do our best to help you out.

I am a breastfeeding mother – what are my options?

Breastfeeding mothers can come by the Info Booth / Access Center and we will have power and an area you can use to pump. It is not private, so be prepared to bring in any cover you will need to feel comfortable. You can bring items necessary to pump into the venue (pump, small soft-sided cooler, ice packs, cover) however, we are not responsible for loss or damage of any items brought inside.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to access@sonictemplefestival.com


I have an issue with the passes I purchased. Who can help me with that?

For any pass-related issues, please visit support.frontgatetickets.com. From there, you can call, email or chat with our ticketing customer service team for help.

Can I get a refund?

No. We do not offer refunds or exchanges on pass sales. All artists and scheduled performance times are subject to change.  The festival is outdoors and is rain or shine.

When and where will the box office be open on site?

Box Office hours and location will be posted closer to the event dates.

I bought a VIP package and I have a child who is 5 years old, can my child accompany me into VIP with a paid General Admission pass?

Yes, children under the age of five (who have a General Admission pass) are allowed into the VIP area with an adult who has paid for VIP.

Where can I buy passes in advance?

You can purchase passes online via Front Gate Tickets. Please see our PASS DETAILS page for full info. There are no physical outlets for walk-up pass sales.

Can I upgrade my GA pass to a VIP pass?

Yes, as long as VIP passes are still available, you can upgrade to a VIP pass with Front Gate by visiting support.frontgatetickets.com.

Can I purchase a meet and greet for bands playing the event?

No, we do not offer any sort of official meet and greet packages for our events.

I still have not received my passes. When will they arrive?

Passes usually ship about 4 weeks out from the event. To check on the status of your mailed passes or if you have not received your digital passes, please contact Front Gate customer support to assist: http://support.frontgatetickets.com.

Where do I register my RFID wristband? Who do I contact if I have any trouble with it?

RFID registration link: TBD

Please contact Front Gate customer support to assist with any issues in registration: http://support.frontgatetickets.com.

I bought a VIP package and I have a child who is 5 years old, can my child accompany me into VIP with a paid General Admission pass?

Yes, children under the age of five (who have a General Admission pass) are allowed into the VIP area with an adult who has paid for VIP.

What happens if the festival gets cancelled?

All festival pass sales are final, however, if and only if the festival is canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, we will issue you a credit that you redeem a new pass to any other Danny Wimmer Presents festival within 365 days of the credit being issued, subject to availability.


What is not allowed in?

No strollers
No coolers or picnic baskets
No outside food or beverages
No glass containers
No video cameras or GoPros
No audio recording devices
No laptops or tablets
No professional cameras or cameras with removable lenses
No selfie sticks
No lasers or laser pointers
No drones
No chairs of any kind
No seat cushions with backs
No umbrellas
No hula hoops or totems
No balloons or beach balls
No confetti
No aerosol cans
No whistles or air horns
No pyrotechnics, flares, smoke bombs or incendiary devices
No musical instruments of any kind
No bags, backpacks, draw-string bags or duffle bags
No weapons of any kind
No drugs or drug paraphernalia
No powdered substances
No pets (with exception of documented service animals)
No colors or patches
No chains, chain wallets, or spikes
No unauthorized vending or advertising
Any item that can be used as a projectile or deemed as dangerous

*** We do not provide on-site storage for prohibited items. ***

What is allowed in?

Cellphones + small battery/charging packs
Sunscreen (non-aerosol)
Small, point-and-shoot digital camera
Hats and sunglasses
Vaporizer pens and E-Cigarettes
We strongly encourage you to not bring bags of any sort. If you must bring a bag, please abide by the following:

Can I bring a prescription medication or medically necessary food items into the festival?

Yes. If you present your medication in its original packaging and a photo ID at the festival gates, you will be allowed to bring it in with you. If you have dietary restrictions that require special snack or beverages to be brought into the show, you may do so if accompanied by a doctor’s note to provide to gate security. If you have further questions on what you can or can’t bring in for medical purposes, please email info@sonictemplefestival.com

Where should I go for Lost & Found?

Please visit Guest Services located near Gate 5 in the southwest end of the stadium for any items found and turned in. The Festival is not responsible for lost items.


What safety measures do you have in place?

The safety of our fans, artists, staff and all others at the festival is of the utmost importance to us. We are committed to constantly evaluation our security procedures for Sonic Temple in conjunction with our private security providers and local law enforcement.

There will be elevated security at the event. Law enforcement recommends that we do not publicly comment on the specifics of our security measures, however, here are a few key things to know as you prepare for Sonic Temple, along with a few tips on what to do in an emergency situation to help protect your own safety.

All festival patrons will be required to enter through security checkpoints and will be screened with metal detectors and/or pat-downs. Arrive early, as there could be longer than usual wait times to enter the venue. Re-entry will not be allowed due to these safety measures.

Please carefully read out list of prohibited items below. This list will be strictly enforced. In particular, we have strict limits on the size and type of bags that may be brought into the event, similar to other major events. There will be no storage for prohibited items, including prohibited bags. This is especially important for those of you taking taxis, rideshares, or being dropped off. We encourage you to NOT bring a bag of any sort, but if you must, it has to fit within our strict guidelines.

Be aware of your surroundings. Familiarize yourself with the layout of the festival, especially the exits. “If you see something, say something.” Public safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you encounter any suspicious activity, report it to a nearby staff or security member.

Last but not least, be prepared to follow instructions given by festival officials. If asked to evacuate due to severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances, remain calm, be patient, and follow instructions.

Our goal is always to keep the show going, but everyone’s safety comes first.

Thank you. We look forward to a safe and fun Sonic Temple!


Rock Hard, Recycle Harder!
Volunteer with Clean Vibes and help keep Sonic Temple clean in exchange for admission to the event! Work two shifts assisting with the recycling and cleanup effort and enjoy the entire weekend of music!

Click HERe for details


For further questions, feel free to drop us a note at info@sonictemplefestival.com.
For Access or ADA-related inquiries, please contact us at accessibility@sonictemplefestival.com
For press inquiries, please contact kristine@am-media.net
For partnership and sponsorship inquiries, contact partnerships@dannywimmerpresents.com.


Interested in vending at Sonic Temple? Find all applications below!

Food Vendors: APPLY HERE
Trinket Vendors: APPLY HERE

~ thank you to all of our partners ~

Monster Energy
Jack Daniels
The Music Experience
Ernie Ball