Virginia’s Lockn’ music festival has canceled Thursday’s performances and delayed the opening of its campgrounds until further notice due to a major thunderstorm which hit the site.
A note from the event’s promoters reads: "Earlier this evening, a severe thunderstorm with high winds passed over Lockn' and caused damage to the festival grounds, particularly the parking and campground area. The good news is that no one was injured and the entire team is focused on cleaning up and preparing for a great festival. The unfortunate news is that we will be forced to delay the opening of the campgrounds and cancel Thursday's performances in order to give the team the time necessary to make sure the festival grounds are safe for both our guests and our artists."
The now-canceled day-one schedule included headliners Mickey Hart & EOTO, a special “Doobie Incident” collab involving members of The String Cheese Incident and The Doobie Brothers. Billy & The Kids, Bill Kreutzmann, Little Feat, Soulive, Strangefolk, Deer Tick and Strangefolk.
“Despite the inconvenience the storm has caused,” the statement continues, “we count ourselves lucky that everyone is safe and that we have three great days of music ahead of us. We look forward to seeing you soon."
Peter Shapiro and Dave Frey are presenting the festival at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, which is slated to run through Sept. 13.