By David Knox
The lineup is set, the stages are up and the final countdown has begun for the inaugural Lynchburg Music Fest.
Tickets have moved at a phenomenal rate. Jonny Hill, CEO of Igniter Productions, the promoter, said that at the rate they’re selling, “At this point, we could be looking at a sellout.”
One source said there could be somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 on Friday and up to 10,000 on Saturday, dependent somewhat on the weather. High are forecast for the mid 80s, but the lows are in the high 60s. There is a 70% chance of rain both days, but it does not appear to be an all-day rain, and as of now the National Weather Service predicts the rain will move out before the headliners take the stage.
At a VIP Party Friday night, Metro Lynchburg Moore County Mayor Bonnie Lewis proclaimed this weekend the Lynchburg Music Fest Weekend. “We’re so proud of Jonny because he’s Lynchburg guy. Jack Daniel’s, of course, does a lot of big things here, but this is a big deal for Lynchburg.”
A free concert Thursday in downtown Lynchburg on the square kicks things off, and the party really gets rolling in Wiseman Park on Friday around noon and runs until 10:30 p.m. or so.
Friday night’s lineup includes headliner Easton Corbin, who’ll be closing Night 1. Others on that night’s bill are Joe Diffie, Cassadee Pope, Craig Campbell, Keith Anderson and Zach Donegan, just to name a few.
Saturday’s times are about the same, running just a tad later until 11 p.m., with Jamey Johnson closing Night 2. Others on the stage Saturday will be Montgomery Gentry, RaeLynn, David Lee Murphy, Sam Bush, Lee Gibson and the Becky Buller Band.
There will be a main stage and a secondary stage inside the Wiseman Park venue. When music is going on one stage, the other will be setting up for the next band, so it’s possible to see every act that night and, most importantly, there will be no bleed over of music while another act is going on.
There will also be two free stages operating during the day and up to the time the main stage gets going. One stage will be near the courthouse in front of Farmers Bank right on the square. The second free stage will be at the Jack Daniel’s Visitor Center.
Advance tickets range from a two-day VIP pass for $325 (ages 21 and older only); general admission two-day pass $120; single-day Friday $56; single-day Saturday $72. Children 12 and younger are free. The days of the event, the ticket prices will increase. For the latest information and to buy tickets, go to https://www.lynchburgmusicfest.com/tickets.
For more of this story, pick up this Thursday’s Moore County News, which also contains the annual preseason football package.