If the teasers turn out to be true then it appears that the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival will be making a return in 2020 after a five-year hiatus. The dearly missed touring metal festival posted a photo of Rocky Balboa on Instagram with a caption that read “don’t call it a comeback. #mayhem2020”!
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This is definitely a major teaser as no additional information has been revealed, however, we certainly expect there to be more announcements within the next few months. The last Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival took place back in 2015 and was headlined by Slayer and once the tour came to a close co-founder John Reese announced that the festival would be coming to an end with reasons being poor ticket sales and some not so kind words from Slayer guitarist Kerry King.
“Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2015 comes to an end,” Reese wrote in a social media post back in August 2015. “All I know is we have all tried our damned hardest to make Mayhem a home for artists, a platform for bands to increase their fan base and a place where people feel welcomed.” A few weeks earlier, Mayhem Festival co-founder Kevin Lyman chimed in and criticized the metal scene for the lower-than-usual attendance at the 2015 edition of the traveling event.
King later told the Houston Press that the problem with that summer’s event lay not so much with the metal bands themselves but with the way the festival was booked. We will have to wait and see what they will have planned for the 2020 edition of Mayhem Festival, however with the recent announcements of so many reunions taking place next years such as Rage Against The Machine, Motley Crue and more, we can certainly hope they have something special up their sleeves.