Music News - Organizers of the Lockn’ music festival in VA announced this week that they have plans to buy a 385-acre farm near the Oak Ridge Estate where the music event will be held for the second year on September 4 thru 7.
Lockn’ LLC, the management company that runs the festival just south of Lovingston in Nelson County VA recently entered into an agreement to purchase the land and will use a portion of the property for camping during the event, according to a press release.
Lockn’ was attended by more than 25,000 folks last year, possibly making it Central Virginia’s largest musical event. The lineup for this year’s fest will include some of rock ‘n’ roll's most prolific artists, such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers Band and Wilco.
“The [land] acquisition will enable Lockn’ to provide a better concert experience for patrons in several ways,” the news release said. “Use of the fields and woods for camping means that all campsites will now surround the concert site, making the farthest campsite a mile and a half closer to the venue entrance than the 2013 site plan allowed.”
Besides the lengthy walk to the performance area for many attendees, traffic jams also were an issue last year, with hundreds of concertgoers waiting hours to get inside the event on the first day.
According to festival co-founder Dave Frey, the additional property also will allow attendees to enter on a nearby road.
“And Highway 29 is the primary artery,” Frey said by phone on Wednesday from Chicago. “So the more frontage we create that has access to 29, the faster we can get people in. This year, we’re creating six more lanes of entry that have indirect access to 29. ... And I think that’s gonna make a big difference.”
Frey and company also have plans “for the property [to] remain a farm” after the festival is over.
“We intend to be responsible stewards of the land,” Lockn’ LLC Managing Partner Peter Shapiro said in the press release. “We have hired an environmental land management architect to author a long-term master plan that contemplates the property remaining a farm, using some of the fields for festival camping and traffic, and preserving the ecological integrity, natural habitats, and ecosystems of one of Nelson County’s most beautiful farms ... .”
Frey, who’s been working on the deal with Shapiro since October 2013 wouldn’t comment on the purchase price.