Anyone can tell you that putting on a music festival is no easy task; it takes months and months of planning. Each year is a fresh start to learn from previous mistakes and create improvements for everyone involved from volunteers, festival goers, musicians and more. After the inaugural four-day Lockn’ Music Festival, organizers have made some serious changes involving musical lineups, camping spots, vendors and hopefully less frustrating traffic jams. Check out ‘s own Nick Fitanides’ review and Phrazz’s photos of the last year’s Lockn’.
The 2nd annual Lockn’ Music Festival is set to take place Sept 4-7 at the Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington, VA with a star-studded lineup that is sure to make every second of the weekend count. This year’s artists include Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Phil Lesh & Friends, Willie Nelson and many more. Bob Weir & RatDog as well as Further were originally set to perform but recently Bob Weir cancelled all remaining shows for the forseeable future, including his appearance at Lockn’. To fill in the void, Lockn’ has booked Bill Kreutzmann’s Locknstep Allstars to Friday’s lineup plus funk masters Lettuce and two-sets from Umphrey’s McGee for Thursday. Lockn’ – the interlocking festival, features two side-by-side identical stages, providing a continuous flow of music with multiple sit in guest possibilities.
Click here for the weekend schedule so not to miss out on any of the music on the various stages. Check out the official Countdown to Lockn’ 2014 playlist on soundcloud.com with 19 tracks featuring many of the artists performing this year.
New this year will be the festival layout with the addition of a 385 acre farm located next to the current festival site. The new use of fields and woods for camping means that all campsites will now surround the concert site, making them almost a mile and half closer than last year. With the new farm fields, the traffic plan will now allow better site access and hopefully less congestion plus pedestrian and vehicle interactions will be greatly minimized. Also new this year is the on-site Biking program, giving people the chance to explore over 30 miles of bike trails as well as a convenient way to travel from camp site to the main stage. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bikes but may borrow the top of the line mountain bikes brought in by Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park with plenty of bike racks throughout the festival grounds.
Lockn’ recently had their liquor license revoked by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) due to last year’s undercover ABC agents witnessing hundreds of instances of inappropriate drug/alcohol use. This is not the final ruling, the license remains active until the 30 day appeal. Hopefully, everything will work out because Lockn’ is partnering with Sixpoint and many other local craft vendors to bring Brewers Village, a separated section of the festival for fans to enjoy a nice cold one.
Tickets are still available for general admission, VIP Packages, student tickets and single day tickets. Unfortunately, RV camping tickets are already sold out as well as preferred tent-only camping tickets. Each ticket requires a GA camping pass with various prices depending on your camping situation between tent, car or forest camping.