Sacramento was the place to be for music fans this October as two back-to-back weekends offered nonstop entertainment from a wide range of topline artists, including the heavy rock and metal event Aftershock (held October 5-8) and the country music-themed GoldenSky (held October 14-15), both at Discovery Park.
The two events brought in 220,000 people combined including a massive sold-out crowd of 160,000 music fans for Aftershock, which has retained its title as West Coast’s Biggest Rock Festival for another year. Notably, the 2023 edition brought in fans from all 50 states, 40 countries, and every continent besides Antarctica. The second year of GoldenSky Country Music Festival also broke records with 60,000 people over the course of two days. Both events, presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, directly impacted the local Sacramento community with approximately $40 million in economic impact, according to Visit Sacramento, who partnered with DWP to present GoldenSky.
Those in attendance were treated to a stacked lineup of performances from incredible artists in both genres. At Aftershock, headliners included Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn (their last performance of 2023) as well as memorable sets from Godsmack, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age, Limp Bizkit, Rancid, Turnstile, 311, Megadeth, The Cult, AFI, I Prevail, Sacramento’s own Dance Gavin Dance, and many more. Jose “Metal Ambassador” Mangin also returned as 2023’s host.
In total, more than 100 bands played on four stages over the course of the Aftershock weekend and fans were treated to some of the best food and drinks that the Sacramento area has to offer, as well as various sponsor activations and experiences.
Throughout the Aftershock weekend, DWP’s music news show “The Power Hour” — hosted by Matt Pinfield, Caity Babs, and Josh Bernstein — filmed interviews with various artists as well as skits that will appear on upcoming episodes of the show, which just was renewed for a second season on AXS TV.
At GoldenSky Country Music Festival, the stacked music lineup was led by Eric Church, Sacramento’s own Jon Pardi, Maren Morris, and Parker McCollum. There were also appearances from Jordan Davis, Country Music Hall of Fame member Wynonna Judd, Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean, and the recently crowned “Rising Star” Winner, Sofia Claire.
The event also offered attendees the chance to partake in the GoldenSky Beer Festival, dance hall saloon, Sacramento farm-to-fork food offerings, local artisans, and more. Festival pre- and post-parties were held at Revival (in the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel) and Goldfield Trading Post, respectively.
As well, CMT Hot 20 was at GoldenSky all weekend long, filming exclusive behind-the-scenes content and interviews that will air this coming weekend, October 21 and 22.
The 2024 dates for both festivals have now been announced, with GoldenSky expanding to three full days due to fan demand. Aftershock will be held October 10-13, 2024, while GoldenSky will be held October 18-20, 2024. Passes for Aftershock are available now at www.AftershockFestival.com while passes for GoldenSky will go on sale this Friday, October 20 at www.GoldenSkyFestival.com. Both events are offering limited-time promotions with passes starting at $10 down.
Here’s what media had to say about Aftershock this year:
“Enthusiasm ruled the day for the tens of thousands that filled the festival grounds … [with] an eclectic lineup of acts spanning rock and roll from heavy metal to punk, classic rock and more.” —Riff Magazine
“The annual concert is a chance for folks to see the capitol city like they haven’t before while bringing in business, money and tourists.” —KXTV ABC 10
“A lineup filled with a ton of bands to rock out to.” —Uproxx
Here’s what media had to say about GoldenSky this year:
“All the country gold will be in California this weekend.” —CMT
“The event has broken records and is set to be just as big as Aftershock.” —KXTV ABC 10
“After a successful debut in 2022, this year’s festival features several of the biggest names in country music.” —KTXL FOX 40
Aftershock would like to thank its 2023 premier partners: Astral Tequila, Beatbox Beverages, Blackcraft, Coors Light, Dimebag Hardware, Eargasm, Fearless Records, Freak on a Leash, Golden State Cider, Hellflower Soap Company, Hop Valley Brewing, Jack Daniel’s, LYTE, Monaco Cocktails, Mortus Viventi, Nowhere Fast, PuffCo, Red Bull, Royalty Cosmetics, The Pretty Cult, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, and Weedmaps.
Aftershock would like to thank its 2023 non-profit partners: Animal Place, Artists for Trauma, Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home, To Write Love On Her Arms, and Rock Against Racism.
GoldenSky would like to thank its 2023 premier partners: Astral Tequila, Beatbox Beverages, California Bountiful, Celsius, Coors Light, Ford, Golden1 Credit Union, Golden State Cider, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, LYTE, Ole Smoky Distillery, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, Visit Sacramento, and Weedmaps.
GoldenSky would like to thank its 2023 non-profit partners: Artists For Trauma and Take Me Home Animal Charity.
Aftershock and GoldenSky Country Music Festival are produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America. Additional DWP events in 2023 included Bourbon & Beyond, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.
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