The dwindling days until summer signify one thing for music fans: the approach of Festival Season. Festival veterans know that music festivals, though exciting, can sometimes feel rushed and hectic. Trying to cram as many bands as possible into one weekend proves quite the challenge, often involving difficult choices when multiple bands have sets at the same time.
Imagine a music festival featuring longer sets by fewer artists to provide a more intimate experience. Each artist performs multiple sets throughout the weekend, making it easier for festival-goers to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sets flow seamlessly together with no breaks, creating one continuous music experience.
Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro had exactly this type of festival in mind when they created Interlocken Music Festival, which will open its doors for the first time September 5-8 on Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virgina.
“Most festivals these days are trying to be everything to everyone – very eclectic with an emphasis on a large number of artists in various genres,” Shapiro said in a press release. “With Interlocken, we want to break away from that mold and create something more identifiable and distinct.”
The four day festival, which prides itself on emphasizing “world class music,” will feature multiple performances by Widespread Panic, Furthur, The Black Crowes, The String Cheese Incident and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, with more acts yet to be announced. Widespread Panic will play one of their two sets with special guest John Fogerty, and one of The String Cheese Incident’s two sets will feature Zac Brown for the debut of The Zac Brown Incident. Additionally, one of Furthur’s three sets will include a performance of the Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead in its entirety.
Each of the headliners will perform multiple two-hour sets throughout the weekend, with no breaks in between sets.
Artist pre-sale tickets will be available beginning May 22 at 10 a.m. EST and general “early bird” tickets will go on sale May 23 at 10 a.m. EST. A limited number of discounted student tickets will also be available.
For more information on Interlocken Music Festival, visit the official festival website.