LOCKN’ is excited to announce additions to an already stellar lineup, including EOTO, Hard Working Americans, Circles Around the Sun, Doobie Decibel System, Moon Taxi, Garcia’s Forest and Donna the Buffalo. EOTO features members of The String Cheese Incident, Hard Working Americans includes members of Widespread Panic and Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Doobie Decibel System has Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus), Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh & Friends) and Dan Leibowitz (ALO, Phil Lesh & Friends) in the band. Circles Around the Sun is a band that was put together by guitarist Neal Casal specifically to record just for the Fare Thee Well show intermissions. The results were so captivating and the audience response so overwhelmingly positive that the music was later given a proper release. Their appearance at LOCKN’ will be their first live show ever.
The four-day camping festival, set to take place August 25 – 28 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA, is also presenting headliners Phish, who will be making its first appearance at the festival with a two-night, four-set slot on the Friday and Sunday of the weekend. This will mark the band’s only festival performance in 2016. Ween will perform right before Phish on the Friday night. Another LOCKN’ first timer, the beloved My Morning Jacket will headline on the Saturday night.
Also performing is an eclectic collection of some of the best live acts in the scene today, including: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on two different nights, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark, Jr., Galactic, Keller’s Grateful Gospel, Lettuce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Turkuaz, Twiddle, Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck and White Denim. More artists will be announced soon.
General Admission and VIP tickets for LOCKN’ 2016 are on sale now as are on-site camping, RV and hotel and shuttle packages.
Along with its emphasis on musical invention and environmental sustainability, LOCKN’ also features an array of other activities, from on-site camping, locally sourced food, and craft beer to lifestyle events, biking and hiking tours, daily yoga, SoberLOCKN’, family camping, and much more. “Garcia’s Tent,” a fan favorite at the previous two LOCKN’s, will expand this year into its own environment, to be known as “Garcia’s Forest.”
LOCKN’ is also home to Participation Row, a Social Action Village that serves as host and hub for a variety of non-profits, facilitating action and other involvement by LOCKN’ Festivalgoers. Participation Row at LOCKN’ is sponsored by Qello Concerts, the largest streaming library of live concerts and music documentaries.
Widely praised by fans and media for being among the best run and uniquely creative festivals in the country, LOCKN’ 2016 is picking up where the 2015 event left off as it featured one of the most extraordinary bills in the festival’s history with a line-up that saw several legendary artists performing two unique shows over two days, including Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring special guest Carlos Santana). Among LOCKN’ 2015’s other once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations were “‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen: A Tribute to Joe Cocker,”‘ hosted by Tedeschi Trucks Band and featuring original band members Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge with Dave Mason, Chris Robinson, and Doyle Bramhall II, and “‘Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady Celebrate 50 Years of Jefferson Airplane,”‘ featuring Rachael Price (of Lake Street Drive), GE Smith, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and others. The String Cheese Incident partnered with The Doobie Brothers as “‘The Doobie Incident”‘ presenting the legendary band’s classic catalog in an unforgettable one-set-only performance. In its history, LOCKN’ has also hosted Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Willie Nelson, Wilco and many others.
From inception, LOCKN’ quickly established itself as a national festival on par with the best in the country. Now, with the announcement of LOCKN’ 2016’s initial lineup, the festival continues to raise the bar for incomparable large scale creative programming as it cements its reputation as one of the premiere American concert events of the summer.