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Published: 2014/02/04

Lockn’ Has Made an Offer to Neil Young and Other Takeaways From Dave Frey’s Q&A

Lockn’ Festival co-founder Dave Frey hosted a Q&A session on the event’s Facebook page earlier today. A few of his responses contained some revelations, which we’ve gathered here:

When asked if Neil Young & Crazy Horse would be performing at this year’s Lockn’, Frey replied:

We’ve made a very aggressive offer for Neil Young & Crazy Horse to return, and hopefully play this time. Crazy Horse has confirmed dates in Europe prior to our dates and Neil has confirmed Farm Aid a week afterward. We are hopeful that Neil decides to do this again. Therefore we’re going to wait as long as it takes for him to let us know.

When asked a similar question about Umphrey’s McGee, the answer was:

Love the Umph, we’re talking to the Umph

On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like an appearance by Phish is likely for this year’s Lockn’. When asked about the Vermont quartet, Frey replied:

I’ve been involved with promoting Phish on and off over the years since 1989 when I promoted shows in NY for Ron Delsener. To their credit, Phish are all about the Phish experience. A girl can dream though…

Frey also hinted that the String Cheese Incident would be teaming up with another artist in a manner similar to last year’s Zac Brown Incident. When asked if there will be “another artist incident with string cheese,” the response was:

There’d better be.

Frey also addressed a number of other concerns, most notably those related to last year’s opening day traffic issues, saying:

I am confident from our after action review and meetings with VDOT and State Police that we will not have the problems we had last year. Last year we asked traffic authorities to deliver everybody to one area where they could be processed. That didn’t happen. This year, we are told that traffic authorities WILL deliver everybody to one area. Therefore, we will have the people and the infrastructure at the areas where the people are delivered to process them.

Other takeaways:

- More artists will be added to the lineup this month

- There will be more porta-pottie clean up crews and a number of other infrastructure improvements.

- The festival may or may not announce the lineup for the late-night Triangle Stage in advance, but they definitely will “do a much better job of letting people know where it is, and help them get there.”

- Single-day passes will go on sale if Lockn’ has not sold out by mid-August

As previously reported, The Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh and Friends (two nights), Widespread Panic (two nights), The String Cheese Incident (two nights) and Bob Weir & RatDog (two nights) are already confirmed for this year’s Lockn’ Festival, which is set to take place September 4-7 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington ,VA.

Tickets to festival are available here, and you can view Frey’s Q&A responses here.

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Joshua Katt February 5, 2014, 01:28:32

“Frey also addressed a number of other concerns, most notably those related to last year’s opening day traffic issues, saying:I am confident from our after action review and meetings with VDOT and State Police that we will not have the problems we had last year. Last year we asked traffic authorities to deliver everybody to one area where they could be processed. That didn’t happen. This year, we are told that traffic authorities WILL deliver everybody to one area. Therefore, we will have the people and the infrastructure at the areas where the people are delivered to process them.” Utter BS. There was a tremendous effort (even too much) by VADOT to get the cars into the festival grounds in an organized manner. They didn’t want people on the sides of small country roads & I don’t blame them. I paid $2200 for 2 super vip tickets with a special entrance and long out-of-the-way routing to this special gate and still waited for many hours in an absurd traffic pattern on the site “to be processed”. If “processing” means a 10 minute stop & ridiculous & useless SEARCH per car, I’ll stay far, far away and encourage everyone else to do the same. The “searches” stopped nothing given I saw dogs, glass, fireworks and hammers inside. Do the math this time, XXX parking passes sold times 10 minutes per “search” divided by number of “search lanes” equals another huge clusterfuck of hours waiting again… Also, if you promote camping and people to come from very long distances, let them in a day early so they aren’t driving all night to arrive at your ridiculous late gate open time. Or give them a place to park & wait. Not everyone can plan and execute a 12+ drive to perfectly coincide with a late gate opening nor is it safe…

SES February 5, 2014, 02:21:10

we were promised early entrance, told explicityly we’d be let in the night before to sleep and ended up sleeping in our cars freezing after hours trying to even find an entrance! also, there isn’t just more porta potty clean-up needed they needed TONS MORE porta pottys, shower trucks and watering stations. in spite of the clusterfuck i am returning ‘cuz the music was divine (as were the beutiful people) but lockn’ and cid, take heed!!

SES February 5, 2014, 02:22:06

we were promised early entrance, told explicitly we’d be let in the night before to sleep and ended up sleeping in our cars freezing after hours trying to even find an entrance! also, there isn’t just more porta potty clean-up needed they needed TONS MORE porta pottys, shower trucks and watering stations. in spite of the clusterfuck i am returning ‘cuz the music was divine (as were the beutiful people) but lockn’ and cid, take heed!!

rizzo February 5, 2014, 11:16:28

It seemed to me like they did get almost everyone into the same area to enter and that was the exact problem. I was one of the first 500 or so cars to get in, but they had like 50+ long rows of cars in a field and ONE choke point with no direction or organization as to what to do. People were screaming at the only kid directing traffic because it looked like he had no clue what he was doing, things only got better once people waiting to get in took over. More entrances with coordination between members of parking crew is what is needed for this fest, not another free for all car war. Beyond that it sucks that the place I camped last year costs literally $150 more this year and every other spot that’s not VIP is a stupid long walk from the music. All complaints aside, the music was amazing so there’s a good possibility I’ll be back this year… Oh and @SES if you come back to check this article: Not sure if you found them but there were a whole load of johns behind the festy merch tent. At one point on Saturday night I went back there and they were totally clean and deserted. There was one tiny sign for them so I think 99% of the people there had no idea they existed.

Joshua Katt February 5, 2014, 11:40:16

Even though I paid for Super VIP camping, we drove to a hotel & reentered every day. Used a different entrance for days 2, 3 & 4 and it still was a 20 minute wait with maybe 2 cars ahead of us. If they are going to stick to these useless searches and no day before allow in, be assured another cluster fuck will happen again no matter how, when, where the traffic is routed. It’s simply math Dave, Pete and CID, do it! Also, locals don’t move fast like us New Yorkers…

old schooler February 6, 2014, 16:55:54

“true cost of camping” equals we realized how much more cash we could have pumped out of these suckers.
GO F%&K yourself Lockn

Joshua Katt February 6, 2014, 19:12:18

Wait – you didn’t buy any $20 bags of ice being sold by the roving pickup trucks on the first day? That adds to the “true cost of camping” after all your ice melts waiting in line to get in. At least it came with a joke “it is illegal in the state of Virginia to drink warm beer” blasting from the megaphone.

Joshua Katt February 9, 2014, 12:56:32

Took the time to read every Q&A in Facebook. Sounds like a lot of promises regarding the traffic but no real solution offered other than blaming others and a promise to funnel everyone into one huge line. With no opportunity for day before entry again. So everyone needs to drive all night to show up at 9 AM ? Doesn’t sound practical or safe does it now? Dave blames the county and VDOT repeatedly. Now that this is the 2nd year and they obviously want you back (they want your tax $$$ back really), the festival certainly now has some leverage it didn’t have before and should use this pull to our collective advantage. Such as the “lodging” tax. In a rural county? I’m no stranger to this staying at hotels so much but its normally expressed as a % of the tab (8-12%) and/or a flat dollar amount per night ($1.50) in major cities. It doesn’t justify the huge increase and could be negotiated away with the county. Either they are taking you for a ride or you are taking us for a ride here. As a Super VIP, I could never get a golf cart ride, how are you practically going to move 25,000 to camping all at once when the main stage ends after midnight? Most buses hold 53 max. Again, do the math.
Look, I’m not trying to rain on your parade but many of us need real plans & assurances, other than promises, before committing this year. My investment last year, for 2, was well over $2,500. And I didn’t suffer like the others camping without water, showers and potties, we left every night for a hotel and brought back Ice and other provisions for our suffering brethren.

Joshua Katt February 9, 2014, 15:34:18

Correction, my expenditure was well over $3000, forgot to factor in the 5 hotel nights.

guardrail head February 9, 2014, 16:17:39

I was cooking a hot day and burnt the hell out of it. That was on me. Them things got a lot better. Next year I should pay more attention, but probably won’t.

Otto February 12, 2014, 11:55:10

“...When asked if there will be “another artist incident with string cheese,” the response was: There’d better be. “ Not even Perry Farrell could make the Cheese interesting and good.

John B February 12, 2014, 15:50:43

I’ll be doing the webcast again, $10 a day and the coverage was nicely done. This fest will draw bigger crowds this year and probably up the cluster ratio.

Joshua Katt February 12, 2014, 17:55:23

Never saw or heard much about the Cheese before but they blew me away twice even though I was really only there for Furthur. Tempted to webcast but its not even 1% of the same experience as being there live. Hope there is some big headliner that will convince me its worth it again. A Furthur divided is not enough…

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