Sonic Temple Festival reveals 2020 lineup: Chili Peppers, Tool, Slipknot, Deftones, and more [Updated]

Columbus, OH fest also features Bring Me the Horizon, Evanescence, Rancid, Royal Blood, and more

Sonic Temple 2020 lineup announcement
Slipknot, photo by Raymond Ahner / Metallica, photo by Raymond Ahner / Deftones, photo by Debi Del Grande

    Update – February 24th: Metallica has bowed out of Sonic Temple due to a scheduling conflict with James Hetfield’s recovery program. In their place, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool will be filling in.

    The 2020 lineup for the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival has been unveiled, with Metallica, Slipknot, and Deftones leading the way. The massive rock and metal gathering takes place May 15th-17th at Mapre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

    Sonic Temple made its debut last year, replacing the long-running Rock on the Range festival at the same venue. It was previously announced that Metallica would headline five US festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Presents in 2020, with Sonic Temple being one of them.


    Metallica will close out Friday and Sunday with unique sets each night, while Slipknot will headline the Saturday lineup.

    Update – December 13th: Sonic Temple has released its daily lineup. The rest of this article, as well as the festival poster, have been updated accordingly.

    In addition to Metallica, Friday’s lineup will feature Bring Me the Horizon, Royal Blood, Sublime With Rome, Flatbush Zombies, Anthrax, Ghostemane, Hellyeah, Sleeping With Sirens, Testament, Power Trip, Dirty Honey, Jinjer, and more.


    On Saturday, Slipknot will be joined by Evanescence, Staind, Cypress Hill, Alter Bridge, Pennywise, Ice Nine Kills, Knocked Loose, The Darkness, Saint Asonia, Fire From the Gods, and more.

    Sunday will be once again be headlined by Metallica, and also boast Deftones, The Pretty Reckless, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Pop Evil, Suicidal Tendencies, Dance Gavin Dance, Code Orange, and more.

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    Also on the bill are Flatbush Zombies, Pop Evil, Hellyeah, Ghostemane, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Dance Gavin Dance, Ice Nine Kills, Sleeping With Sirens, The Darkness, Knocked Loose, Code Orange, Power Trip, Saint Asonia, Dirty Honey, Jinjer, City Morgue, Bones UK, Airbourne, Fire From The Gods, and other acts. See the full lineup in the poster below.


    In addition to the music, there will be live demonstrations and exhibitions from a number of visual artists, as well as a collaboration with with Metallica’s Blackened American Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner.

    Tickets to the festival, including weekend and single-day passes, are currently available here.

    Sonic Temple 2020 poster - daily lineups