The road to LOCKN' 2018 for local Virginia bands is heating up as the Rockn' to Lockn' voting ends this Friday, February 16. Presented in partnership with Sonicbids and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia-based acts have been invited to take part in an epic battle of the bands, with three finalists ultimately selected to perform at this year's LOCKN', taking place August 23 - 26, 2018 on Infinity Downs Farms at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, Virginia.
Twenty ROCKN' TO LOCKN' finalists will be announced on Monday, February 19; the leading 12 artists then move on to the Quarter Finals, with in-club performances and in-person fan voting slated for Friday, March 2 at Shaka's Live (2014 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451), Friday, March 9 at Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151), and Friday, Match 16 at The Jefferson Theater (110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902).
From there, the top six bands will perform at the ROCKN TO LOCKN' 420 Finals, slated for Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at LOCKN' Festival's beloved Garcia's Forest on Infinity Downs Farms. The three winning bands will each win a spot to play live at LOCKN' 2018 and receive a $500 performance fee. Rockfish Music is partnering with LOCKN' and will produce and release singles of the ROCKN' TO LOCKN' winners.
LOCKN' has officially confirmed its initial lineup and schedule for 2018. While many festivals have altered programming to suit their bottom line, LOCKN' proved itself true to its core fanbase with a week of well-received, crowd-pleasing artist reveals. Headlined by Dead & Company in a rare festival appearance, performing four sets over two nights, the four-day camping event will also feature: Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band performing two separate days), Sheryl Crow, Joe Russo's Almost Dead performing on two separate days, George Clinton & P-Funk, Umphrey's McGee (performing two separate days), Lettuce, Toots & The Maytals, Pigeons Playing Pingpong, Blues Traveler, Moon Taxi, Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real, Turkuaz, The Suffers and more.
Tickets for Lockn' 2018 are on sale now and can be purchased exclusively via locknfestival.com. This year, the festival is offering a Three-Day Weekend Pass in addition to its traditional Four-Day Festival Pass. This new Three-Day Weekend Pass allows those with tighter schedules to still see all the bands performing at LOCKN' for a lower price.
For regular updates and more, please visit www.locknfestival.com