August 28, 2013
Next week, about 30,000 people are expected to converge on a Nelson County farm for the first Lockn' Music Festival.
"The site is just unbelievable. The first time I saw it, I just said, 'This is going to be great,'" said festival organizer and co-founder Dave Frey. "And it's just starting to take shape now."
Frey and his crew are making the final preparations on the 4,800-acre Oak Ridge Estate for the September 5-8 event. The planning began about a year and a half ago.
"We have gone to really, really some extreme lengths to make sure that everything is planned as well as it can be planned for this," said Frey.
But before the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, country star Zac Brown, the Warren Haynes Band and other performers take the stage, crews are working "dusk 'til dawn" on all the behind-the-scenes work, according to Frey.
By the end of the festival, about 800 people will have been employed.
The two main stages will be erected on Sunday. Meanwhile, five cell towers have been added to the property for better service and safety. Dozens of food, drink and other vendors will find their space under the white tents Thursday so health department inspections can begin.
"This last week is where it really comes together," said Frey. "Everything falls into place or not."
Music fans can now buy single-day passes to the event. Lockn' organizers are also offering student rates. For more information about the event and where to get tickets, click HERE.
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