Sonic Temple is an annual music festival that features some of the best rock acts in the country and the world. It was formerly called the Rock on the Range festival. In the past, the event has taken place in Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba as Rock the Range, but is now held at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio as Sonic Temple.
The festival was founded by Danny Wimmer and was first held in 2007. It started as a one-day festival but now takes place over three days. All the music is performed on various stages. Numerous brands partner with the organizers to sponsor stages and tents on the venue. Over the years, new and varied entertainment acts have been added.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bring Me the Horizon, The Prodigy, Halestorm, and Pauly Shore are among those who have performed in the past.
A classic rock band usually headlines the festival, and attendees can enjoy music from some of the best rock acts in the world. The event has really grown in popularity and performers play to sold-out crowds every year. Onsite RV camping adds dimension and convenience for guests at Sonic Temple.
Sonic Temple single-day passes are available as well as tickets for all three days of the event. You can also choose from general admission or VIP passes. These range in price from about $80 (single-day general admission stadium pass) to about $430 for VIP weekend tickets.
A VIP ticket will give you access to the VIP lounge where you can enjoy amenities like heating and air-conditioning, led screens, a premium cash bar, seating areas, free WiFi, dedicated VIP bathrooms and access to charging stations. All purchases are final, and no exchanges or refunds will be given. You can make use of the payment plans on offer or pay in full. Check the official website for more details on tickets and pricing.
Driving your RV in Columbus means that you will want to prepare your route in advance, especially if you plan to arrive near the start of the festival. I-70 can bring you to the area from the west (Indianapolis) or east (Pittsburgh), and I-71 provides a route from the southwest (Cincinnati) and northeast (Cleveland). Highways are typically wide and friendly to larger vehicles, but some sections connecting to the main highways are known for bumps and potholes. I-270 circles the outer edge of Columbus and may help motorists to skirt the edge of congestion in some cases.
Parking near the festival venue is limited, and you’ll need to purchase your passes in advance. You can choose between general or VIP parking. The prices for the parking passes range from $60 to $75. By purchasing a pass, you’ll be able to park at a designated spot on all three days of the event. ADA parking is available at the VIP parking lot.
Public transportation in the Columbus, Ohio area is run by the Central Ohio Transportation Authority (COTA). Several bus routes will get you close to the venue. Several national car rental brands operate in the city. Various companies also offer shuttle services to guests coming to Sonic Temple from different parts of Columbus.
Sonic Temple festival organizers offer RV camping to patrons who'd like to stay on site. You'll need to purchase a pass in advance, which will give you access to one vehicle per camping space. Electrical and water hookups will be provided and there will be a shower house nearby. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with additional details available on the event website.
If you'd prefer to get a spot at an RV park or campground nearby, there are several options to choose from in and around Columbus and within 20 40 minutes of the Sonic Temple venue site. Many of these well-equipped campgrounds will enable you to enjoy the best of both worlds. You can soak in the natural beauty around you and enjoy amenities like flush toilets, laundry facilities, and showers. Some RV camping options may also offer additional family-friendly water activities, kids events, and campfire setups.
Guests can get around the venue on foot or by wheelchair. Bicycles, scooters, skateboards or small motorized vehicles will not be allowed into Sonic Temple. Attendees will not be permitted to leave and re-enter the site at will. The venue is ADA-accessible, and all restrooms can be used by people with disabilities.
Most people will be dressed in shorts, jeans, t-shirts, and tank tops at Sonic Temple. It is an all-ages festival, and the vibe is pretty casual. Anything goes as long as it is not offensive. It’s highly recommended that you dress for comfort and wear shoes that you can walk in comfortably.
Some useful items are binoculars, sunscreen (in a plastic container), and a lightweight blanket. You will be allowed to take in your essentials in a small purse or drawstring bag. Professional cameras and those with detachable lenses will not be permitted. You may want to bring cash to avoid extra fees and long lines at the ATMs.
Water fountains will be located throughout the venue. Alcohol will not be served to minors, and you’ll need to produce a valid ID to purchase your favorite adult beverage. Long lines are likely, including for the restroom. You’ll want to maintain energy levels to enjoy all three days of the festival.
Open fires will not be allowed in the camping area at Sonic Temple. Load up your rig's kitchen with spring fruits and veggies, fresh meats, and your favorite quick meal items for yummy delights at your campsite. Remember to check for restrictions on outdoor stoves.
Columbus has a vibrant and emerging food scene. You may enjoy hitting the local restaurants if you have a couple of days in the city. Hungry traveler can look for Mexican, Chinese, and French cuisines or settle into a bistro for a unique meal. Don’t forget to check out some of the great breakfast to fuel your concert days.
Guests will not be allowed to bring in food or beverages into the festival grounds. But there will be numerous locations at the venue where you can purchase delicious food and drinks. You won’t need to bring water since you’ll find several free drinking water fountains on site. Whether you want some quick snacks on the go or healthier meal options, you’ll find it here.
Sonic Temple security measures at the festival have been stepped up in recent years. Organizers make every attempt to provide a safe and secure experience to attendees. No weapons, firearms, drugs, or drug paraphernalia will be allowed into the venue. Bags will be checked, and prohibited items will be confiscated at the point of entry.
Columbus weather in May might be tremendous and beautiful, or a storm may decide to join your day at some point. Sonic Temple is an outdoor event, and evacuation measures are in place if adverse weather conditions do occur. Any updates or changes in the schedule due to the climate will be announced on the website, related social media outlets or the mobile app.
A first aid tent will be located near the main concert area. You will need to drop off any medications here and come back if you need to take them while at the festival. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and animals that are trained to assist people with disabilities will be allowed to enter. Medical or event personnel will be available for support and assistance if the need arises.