Interlocken announces Neil Young & Crazy Horse among other big names

Neil Young & Crazy Horse will headline the Interlocken Music Festival in September. Image: Reprise Records Neil Young & Crazy Horse will headline the Interlocken Music Festival in September. Image: Reprise Records

Interlocken Music Festival announced part of its line-up today with a promise to confirm additional acts. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Further, Zac Brown, The String Cheese Incident and The Black Crowes will anchor the new festival in Nelson County.  Early bird tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Thursday, May 23.  Check out recent additions to the line-up including  a special session with John Fogerty.

Interlocken organizers expect to attract 30,000 concertgoers to Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County over the weekend of September 5-8. The 4,800 acre estate is privately owned and located in Arrington, approximately 35 miles outside of Charlottesville. This site previously hosted large turnouts for events like Camp Jeep, which attracted an estimated 8-10,000 Jeep owners for off-road expeditions and live concerts.

Facebook postings and various message boards have been abuzz all week about who would headline the festival’s two stages.

Promoter Dave Frey (founder of H.O.R.D.E.)  and his partner Peter Shapiro (publisher and co-owner of Relix magazine) chose Nelson County for its beauty and accessibility, but what sets Interlocken apart from a typical festival will literally be the sets.  Frey says they are committed to longer, full sets by each act rotating between two stages, instead of the typical abbreviated show with a quick turnover.

Banking on this “interlocking” formula to make his festival into a repeat destination for music lovers, Frey told the Nelson County Times that he hopes “this will become the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival of Central Virginia.”

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  • Sean Tubbs

    Good news to see Neil Young coming, but does Nelson County have the infrastructure to support that many people coming there at once?

    • Tom James

      Water tankers. Porta potties. Outdoor showers. Food tents. First aid tent. UVA hospital a short ride away. Foodlion in Lovingston. What else do you need for 4 days of what should be a grand peaceful time. Music heals the soul. It should be a life changing festival in a good way for many. With lots of good folks making new connections.

      • Sean Tubbs

        Transportation infrastructure, mostly. When I posted the above comment, I didn’t know how close to U.S. 29 it would be. I travel through that area frequently and I think a story about preparations for the festival would be interesting to people.

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