Blue Ridge Rock Fest Largely Canceled On account of Extreme Climate

The huge 2023 Blue Ridge Rock Pageant was set to happen over 4 days from Thursday (September seventh) by Sunday (September tenth) on the Virginia Worldwide Raceway, however because of extreme climate and unsafe situations, a lot of the fest was canceled.

A sudden storm hit on Thursday afternoon as Coheed and Cambria had simply begun their set, forcing the fest to close down for the day and stopping the largest bands and headliners from performing. Followers missed out on units from 5 Finger Demise Punch, Staind, Evanescence, Rise Towards, and extra.

Friday’s invoice went on as deliberate, with Slipknot and Danzig headlining, though Rammstein singer Until Lindemann canceled his set because of sickness.

Nonetheless, issues took a flip for the more severe early on Saturday, when climate as soon as once more shut down the competition, with organizers figuring out that Sunday wanted to be canceled as nicely. That meant that bands like Pantera, BABYMETAL, Lamb of God, Limp Bizkit, and dozens extra by no means bought to play.

One shining second did come when Shinedown, Papa Roach, and viral sensation Oliver Anthony did their greatest to salvage Saturday by performing an acoustic set within the parking zone (watch beneath).

The next assertion was posted on the competition’s social pages:

“With heavy hearts, because of this weekend’s continued extreme climate, we should announce the cancellation of the ultimate days of Blue Ridge Rock Pageant. Your security and well-being are our foremost issues. We perceive the frustration this brings, and we share immensely in your unhappiness. Please know that this determination was made with the utmost consideration for everybody concerned and our focus now’s on supporting these of you continue to on-site. We’re working diligently to supply refund particulars and can share that data early this week when enterprise re-opens. Within the meantime, we encourage you to remain secure and handle one another. This has been an agonizing flip of occasions for what was to be such a particular weekend. There will likely be extra a lot that we unveil over the following few days. Relaxation assured, we’ll handle you regardless of these tough circumstances. Thanks for the whole lot. With heartfelt gratitude, Blue Ridge Rock Pageant.”

Sadly, the storms wreaked havoc on the camp website, the place tents have been destroyed and RVs have been caught within the mud, resulting in a messy and disappointing state of affairs throughout. Many followers on X (previously Twitter) have been calling Blue Ridge the “Fyre Fest” of rock festivals.

A Fb group known as “Screwed By Blue Ridge Rock Festival” was truly began final 12 months after followers skilled issues on the 2022 competition, and has greater than 20,000 members. Followers have been going there this weekend to lodge their complaints towards the organizers for not being ready for the climate, amongst different points.

Blue Ridge Rock Fest 2023 poster