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Blue Ridge Rock Festival met with mixed emotions

Entering into its third year, Blue Ridge Rock Festival was faced with its fair share of challenges. Many concerns including the sudden venue change, traffic concerns, VIP expectations falling short and a lack of information, left many event goes with apprehension and mixed feelings. 

The venue change, initiated by the State of Virginia due to the impending Hurricane Dorian, was necessary to ensure the safety of everyone at the venue in case dangerous weather were to occur.  

Some of those who had planned to come to the show sold their tickets or gave them away, while others left their Super VIP passes in the back seat of an uber driver stating they would not return ever again. The lines for drinks and food were long and many patrons thought there weren’t enough vendors.. And yet, despite the challenges and a list of complaints Blue Ridge Rock Festival still had over 15,000+ people attending to see the Headliner Godsmack and Offspring with Blue Ridge Rock Festival bringing together a mixed group of genre such as  DMX, IPrevail, In this Moment, Tech 9 and many many more. 

Those in attendance went crazy for the performances and each band delivered amazing sets that some attendees thought were too short. Godsmack impressed the crowd with the turning drums, performing old and new songs. The mosh pits where indeed something else during Of Mice and Men and A Day to Remember, when you could see an angel crowd surfing on top of Jesus and not a person was standing still during their set. And even Santa could be seen during his off season as the crowd carried him towards the stage. 

Tech9 was blown away by the amount of people showing up for his performance while Jesse Hasek lead vocalist from 10 Years joined the crowd doing their thing. And even Black Plague brought their game when you could hear Stephanie on the other side of the field. 

The Offspring played a killer set bringing their top songs to the crowd making dreams come true for those who have waited years to catch them at a show. 

Despite the hiccups that were experienced by various patrons, the overall feel and commentary is that folks are looking forward to next year with hopes for it to be at the same venue but this time with less challenges and more organization.