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Lockn Festival Tickets
Lockn' Festival TicketsLockn' is a four-day festival held every summer since 2013 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Va., a forest setting at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is one of the premier improv music festivals, featuring a who's who of the jam-band scene. The celebration takes place on various dates in August or September and draws tens of thousands of fans. The 2019 festival runs from Thursday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 25.
Setting the Standard for Jam Band FestivalsFor many bands, an invitation to perform at Lockn' is a sign that they have arrived on the jam-band scene. Lockn' usually announces their initial lineup in February so that the anticipation has plenty of time to build. Rolling Stone described Lockn' Festival concerts as "a Grateful Dead-centric festival," and fans can usually count on at least one of the former Grateful Dead members showing up with their new group. Bob Weir is typically in attendance in one fashion or another, and Phil Lesh has also performed at the festival. In 2018, Dead and Company played a set at Lockn' with John Mayer as frontman. Bands, sometimes, will add special guests for their sets due to the popularity of this festival. For example, in 2019, noted guitarist Derek Trucks from the Tedeschi Trucks Band will sit in with the Trey Anastasio Project, named for the Phish frontman. Not to be outdone, Anastasio, who has performed frequently at the festival with Phish and his own band, sometimes joins other groups, including the Tedeschi Trucks Band. In 2019, classic rock legends the Steve Miller Band will also make an appearance on the Lockn' Festival schedule.
Where can I buy Lockn' Festival tickets?Lockn' Festival tickets are always in demand. An easy way to get them is at StubHub, which has a wide selection of fully guaranteed tickets.
Who were some other noteworthy performers at previous Lockn' Festivals?Over the years, this musical celebration has hosted artists like Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, Wilco, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson and the late Tom Petty. Jam band staples such as Government Mule and Widespread Panic have appeared. You can also find emerging groups like Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Agents of Good Roots. The organizers are always seeking to promote up-and-coming acts, and a spot onstage at Lockn' is a great springboard to fame for jam bands. Fans can always expect the unexpected since interesting collaborations, like one featuring The String Cheese Incident and The Doobie Brothers, and another bringing Widespread Panic together with Jimmy Cliff, have been known to occur.
How many stages are there at Lockn'?Unlike many music festivals, Lockn' does not have one main stage and many smaller stages. There are two main stages side by side, so you do not have to prioritize what you want to hear at the expense of other acts that you must miss.
Does Lockn' offer more than just music?Lockn' is held near farm country in western central Virginia. This means that there are plenty of sources for farm-to-table experiences. Scores of food trucks offer fresh and novel food. Many restaurants from Charlottesville, which has its own vibrant food scene, make their way to Lockn'. The festival also offers much more than music in terms of experiences as fans can get involved in socially conscious activities through the festival's Participation Row. After the bands have stopped for the day, there is a late-night dance party where fans get together to let loose.
Does the music ever stop at Lockn'?The acts will generally start playing on stage at noon. There are usually between seven and 10 acts each day. The music plays until close to midnight as the last act of each night is usually the biggest name.
Can I make it a camping experience?You can enjoy Lockn' without even having to leave the festival grounds. There are Car Camping, Forest Camping & Tent-Only Camping areas. You can even come in an RV so long as everyone in the vehicle has their own ticket.
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