Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Coachella alternatives in Virginia

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by Ashley Cimino –

Music festival season is upon! The Lollapalooza 2017 lineup was announced at the end of March, and with Coachella gearing to open its gates on April 14th, many are looking for where to get their summer music fix.

However, tickets for many of these festivals have already sold out and are available only through online ticket exchanges like StubHub and VividSeats. These second-hand sites allow the original buyers to sell their tickets for over face value and can include hefty convenience fees. Cheaper alternatives to the “name brand” festivals are to find smaller scale festivals near you to cut travel and lodging costs. In Virginia, there are a couple exciting options for indie music followers and Americana enthusiasts:

Located on a farm, LOCKN’ is a quiant Americana and folk festival in Nelson County. The lineup includes must-see acts like The Avett Brothers, Margo Price, Jim James, and Brandi Carlile.

PRO: Big names, close to home

CON: Tier 1 tickets are priced at $279, which is more than Bonnaroo’s prices for 2017.

FloydFest is a staple to the Southwest Virginia music scene. Each year it pulls bigger artists and audiences. This year is no exception as the top headliners are Thievery Corporation, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.

PRO: This year’s workshop lineup for the festival is almost as impressive as the music lineup. Check out Miss Kitty’s Cosmonaut’s workshop to learn to walk on stilts!

CON: The Blueridge Parkway is the main road to reach the festival grounds. This can mean big backups on narrow roads. Always try your best to plan ahead for stops!

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