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ARRINGTON, Va. — A powerful storm damaged parking and campground area at the Lockn’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia Wednesday evening. As a result, festival organizers decided to delay the start of the festival, cancelling Thursday night’s performances. The campground is scheduled to reopen Friday.

“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,” a post on the festival’s Facebook page read. “Lockn’ organizers are asking concert-goers to be patient while crews work to rebuild and replace equipment and other necessary elements. We are working diligently to resolve all matters related to guest and artist safety, and will make a further announcement two hours prior to the opening of the campgrounds.”

Lockin Map

Some concert goers are already at the site and posted images to social media.


Thursday night’s Lockin’ schedule included performances by Little Feat, The Doobie Brothers, The String Cheese Incident, Galactic and members of the Grateful Dead.

Robert Plant, Widespread Panic, Government Mule, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Cliff are among the acts scheduled to perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“No one was injured [in the storm] and the entire team is focused on cleaning up and preparing for a great festival,” organizers posted on Facebook. “Despite the inconvenience the storm has caused, 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.”

This is the third annual Lockin’ Music Festival which attracts tens of thousands of music fans to Virginia.