Lockn' 3 is still growing, but even if they stopped adding talent today we would rank it as the must see summer festival of 2015. Bonaroo jumped the shark when they sold a controlling interest to Ticketmaster, Gathering of the Vibes will be a close runner up, but still doesn't have the multi-night fire power of Lockn' and Peach Fest will also give the Lockn' a run for its money, but again, Lockn' will be the who's who of summer music fests this year.
Not only does Lockn' offer the summer's best lineup, but tickets went on sale initially for a mere $200. Of course, this was prior to the lineup being firmed up, but now that the lineup is pretty much filled out even at the top tier pricing of $285 per ticket plus camping fees it's the bargain of the summer. The Grateful Dead will not be there, but members of the Dead will be and in some respects we're glad that this show will not feature the crowds that the Grateful Dead would bring with them as witnessed this spring when tickets sold out immediately for the GD50 shows in Chicago and then later the same type of Dead fever was demonstrated when a second run was announced in Santa Clara to be held the week prior.
Take a look at this lineup. We challenge you to tell us what could be better:
Widespread Panic x 2 nights
String Cheese Incident x 2 nights
Phil Lesh & Friends x 2 nights (1 Night W/Carlos Santana & Warren Haynes!)
Billy & The Kids (Bill K's band)
Jorma & Jack to Celebrate 50 Years of Jefferson Airplane
Melvin Seals w/JGB & John Kadlecik
North Mississippi Allstars
Robert Plant x 2 nights
Hot Tuna Accoustic
Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel (this will be a really great performance)
Lockn' 1 had some flaws, but was musically the show of 2013. Lockn' 2 got over the issues and was flat out one of the best shows in a very long time with the exception that Bob Weir went on hiatus, but we can't fault Lockn' for that. Lockn' 3, if all goes well, will be the festival of the century! Don't miss it. you can buy your tickets here: http://www.locknfestival.com/tickets.html
We have experienced every level of camping at Lockn'. First year we really enjoyed the VIP experience, but it was much smaller than in the second year. SVIP experience is really the way to go if you have the extra cash. SVIP not only gets you a really close entrance with really great bathrooms and meals, but you also have access to private performances by the top artists. From there you can drop some serious cash, if you have it, for things like bus rentals and the like. We understand that money is tight, but if you can afford the bus rentals it is better than most hotels and if there's any weather you will be protected from the storm. If you're on a budget go for the $285 pass and the car camping. Get there early so that you can be nearest the stage that you possibly can. We'll see you at Lockn'!!! And if you can't make it, like last year, make sure to check us out during the show and we'll be posting special reports as the show is going on.