It’s more than a change in dates for this year’s LOCKN’. After an announcement that it moved from a post-Labor Day weekend to Aug. 25-28 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia, the fest steers away from its Grateful Dead-themed headliners of the past.
The change allows attendees better access to hotels and RV rentals while easing stress on local government agencies, service providers and the labor force required to put on the event.
Still, with the announcement of the 2016 lineup LOCKN’ retains the founders’ spirit of jamming artists, improvisatory performances and onstage collaborations.
General Admission and VIP tickets for the four-day event go on sale at 12 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 19. Also available will be on-site camping, RV and hotel and shuttle packages.
Phish will be making its first appearance at LOCKN’ with a two-night, four-set slot as headliners on Friday and Sunday. It will be the group’s only festival performance in 2016.
A reunited Ween will perform right before Phish on Friday.
My Morning Jacket will also be making its first LOCKN’ appearance when the group headlines on Saturday.
“Phish has headlined their own festivals many times, but they have rarely played festivals with other bands performing,” said Lockn’ co-founder Peter Shapiro in “Rolling Stone.” “So, this is going to be a big moment for their fans. To get to see Ween play right before Phish is the kind of unique musical moment that we created Lockn’ for.”
Also taking part in the 2016 LOCKN’ are Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (2 sets on two different nights), Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark, Jr., Galactic, KellerWilliams’ Grateful Gospel, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Lettuce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Turkuaz, Twiddle, Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck and White Denim.
Additional artists will be announced soon.
Last year there were once-in-a-lifetime onstage collaborations that featured a tribute to Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour hosted by Tedeschi Trucks Band plus special guests and a celebration of Jefferson Airplane’s 50th anniversary featuring original members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady plus the String Cheese Incident and Doobie Brothers performing together, Widespread Panic joined by reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Phil Lesh playing two different sets with two different sets of musicians including Carlos Santana, Warren Haynes and Chris Robinson and Slightly Stoopid joined by Fishbone’s Angelo Moore.
Besides the music, LOCKN’ offers locally-sourced food, craft beer, biking and hiking tours, daily yoga, SoberLockn’, family camping and Participation Row, a Social Action Village that serves as host and hub for a variety of non-profits that encourage involvement in social causes.
For more information, visit www.locknfestival.com/.