MUSIC NEWS - Interlocken, a 4-day music festival, with an emphasis on world class music, locally
sourced food and sustainability, is confirmed for 2013 to run September 5 through 8 at Oak Ridge Farm at the foot of the Blue Ridge in Arlington, Virginia. Arlington is in central VA, just 35 miles south of Charlottesville, and approximately 100 miles from both Washington, DC, and Richmond,VA.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Furthur, Zac Brown, The String Cheese Incident, and The Black Crowes have been booked. Many of the artists will be performing at Interlocken several times over multiple days, and will be featured in artist pairings; with additional performers yet to be announced. Artist pre-sale tickets will be available beginning May 22 at 10am EST and general "early bird" tickets will go on sale May 23 at 10am EST. All Tickets will be sold via interlockenfestival.com.
Festival organizers have also confirmed that Widespread Panic will perform on two of the four nights, with one set featuring a special collaboration with John Fogerty performing his classic songs from the Creedence Clearwater Revival era. Furthur is confirmed to play on three of the four nights, with one set featuring an exclusive performance of Workingman's Dead, the Grateful Dead's classic fifth record, originally released in 1970. The Black Crowes will perform on two of the four nights, while The String Cheese Incident will also play on two of the four, with one featuring the debut collaboration of the Zac Brown Incident, with Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band, a bold, one-time-only, experiment.
Interlocken is the brain child of industry insiders Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro. Frey founded the HORDE Festival while Shapiro owned New York City's rock club, "Wetlands Preserve." He also produced U2's award-winning film U23D and currently publishes the jam magazine, Relix. He's also the promoter at Brooklyn Bowl and recently renovated Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. With the concert experience of these two, Interlocken should come off smoothly, though a multi day outdoor event is quite different than the publishing or club biz.
Interlocken was named for traditions central to both promoters: The inter-locking performances presented at Wetlands and the continuous uninterrupted music featured between the two stages at HORDE. Interlocken's conceptual theme will touch all elements of the event: "when something ends, another begins." This simple yet powerful ethos of sustainability will be integrated into camping, lodging, food, drink, transport offerings as well as specialized onsite activities.
"Most festivals these days are trying to be everything to everyone -- very eclecticwith an emphasis on a large number of artists in various genres," says Shapiro. "With Interlocken, we want to break away from that mold and create something more identifiable and distinct."
Interlocken's two main stages will feature full two-hour sets that will run seamlessly from one to the other without breaks between performances, giving the audience a unique and singular experience as the music will be continuous throughout the weekend. The emphasis will be on quality over quantity, as fewer bands will be playing longer sets and many of the featured artists will perform multiple sets on different days.
Nelson County, VA is a well-known destination for the outdoor recreation enthusiast and is becoming a hotbed of locally made small-batch craft spirits. The festival will offer general camping in the stunning surrounding Blue Ridge area as well as VIP camping insidethe concert site.
"We are very excited to welcome the Interlocken festival to Oak Ridge," says Oak Ridge owner Rhonda Holland. "Several concert promoters have approached us in the past about using the track. We have always been concerned about the impact that this would have on the surrounding community and the land. Dave and Peter have a history of caring about the communities and land where they produce events. We look forward to working with the Interlocken team for many years to come."
Since both Frey and Shapiro have a strong history of running environmentally conscious organizations, Interlocken will be a particularly green undertaking, utilizing carbon offsetting, locally sourced food, recycling programs and many more initiatives. The festival has engaged a person closely associated with the property who is a local sustainable food provider to help Interlocken source food, beverages and services from Central Virginia.
"As a life-long concert goer, Peter has a fan-first approach to the events he produces and I think his audiences respond to that as they feel his respect and generosity," says Frey. "He creates events that he would want to attend himself, and that really sets them apart from everything else out there."