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Blue Ridge Rock Fest Canceled for 2024



Art Benson
Google News Recentlyheard

Google News Recentlyheard

Organizers of the Blue Ridge Rock Competition introduced that the 2024 version of the occasion has been canceled.

The competition, held throughout 4 days on the Virginia Worldwide Raceway, featured a multi-stage lineup that included artists reminiscent of Slipknot, Danzig, Testomony, Shinedown, Papa Roach, The Used, and extra.

Occasion organizers shared information of the cancellation by way of social media, writing:

“Blue Ridge Rock Competition and Virginia Worldwide Raceway are saddened to announce that the 2024 Competition won’t happen as initially deliberate. Our primary focus and precedence has been, and stays, settling the insurance coverage declare and making certain decision for everybody affected by 2023’s climate cancellation.

“After thorough consideration and discussions between each events, we have now mutually agreed that internet hosting the competition in 2024 shouldn’t be possible at the moment since we’re nonetheless awaiting a decision for 2023. In consequence, all gadgets bought for the 2024 Competition can be absolutely refunded. Opposite to on-line studies, 2024 tickets have been positioned on-sale on the very begin of the 2023 competition (not any time just lately), simply as we did in 2022. This 2024 on-sale passed off properly previous to the weather-induced partial cancellation of the 2023 competition. The gross sales that did happen for 2024 have been held in escrow. We’re working with the service provider processing firm to streamline and course of refunds. Please keep tuned to your e-mail for 2024 refund info forthcoming.

“We want to specific our gratitude to Virginia Worldwide Raceway for his or her partnership and unwavering help by way of this sudden, and unequivocally difficult time. What has occurred behind the scenes during the last a number of months with Blue Ridge has typically been extremely distinctive and unprecedented for a Music Competition, however VIR has graciously understood, maintained religion, and labored by way of every state of affairs with us.

“Whereas Blue Ridge Rock Competition won’t happen in 2024, we stay up for revealing what the long run holds in 2025. We’re very grateful for an extremely passionate fan base that organically took a tiny at some point Competition, in rural Virginia, to unbelievable heights, by way of fan engagement and innovation in its lineup, experiences, and general curation.

“Thanks to all our supporters, attendees, and companions in your understanding and infectious help of Blue Ridge Rock Competition. We stay up for quickly resolving 2023 and 2024 for all.”

The 2023 version of the 4-day competition was canceled mid occasion final 12 months with organizers citing doubtlessly harmful climate.

Nevertheless, some festival-goers advised WSLS 10 information that the 2023 version of the competition had sanitation points and the NBC affiliate additionally reported that Virginia Division of Well being was investigating complaints of gastrointestinal sickness doubtlessly related with the occasion.

Moreover, 10 Information additionally spoke with stagehands who complained about working circumstances on the competition, describing employees residing circumstances on the occasion as difficult.

“Instantly simply greeted with the scent of mildew. It was dilapidated and run down,” stagehand Devon Taylor advised Information 10.

In line with Taylor, a number of stagehands have been planning to stage a walk-out on the competition on Friday evening earlier than it was canceled.

“The mixture of us, the safety, simply the entire degradation of the occasion itself, they have been realizing that they’d a scorching mess on their fingers and it was not going to have the ability to proceed,” Taylor mentioned.