The lineup is set, the stages are up and the festivities have begun for the inaugural Lynchburg Music Fest.
A free concert was held on Thursday in downtown Lynchburg on the square to kick things off, but the party really got rolling in Wiseman Park around noon today and continues until around 11 p.m.
Tonight’s lineup includes headliner Easton Corbin, who will close out the first night of the event. Others on the night’s bill include Joe Diffie, Cassadee Pope, Craig Campbell, Keith Anderson and Zach Donegan.
Inside the Wiseman Park venue, there will be a main stage and a secondary stage so that when music is going on one stage, the other will be setting up for the next band. This way, organizers say, it’s possible to see every act each night and, notably, there will be no bleed over of music while another act is going on.
During the day, before the main stage acts get underway, there will also be two free stages in operation. One will be near the courthouse in front of Farmer’s Bank on the square. The second will be at the Jack Daniel’s Visitor Center in the Whiskey Garden area.
Car access to the square will be shut down at midnight Thursday.
For those arriving down Lynchburg Highway from the south, there will be parking available on that side of the event. Those coming from the north will be guided to parking on that side.
There is camping on site as well and they will be directed to their area. Parking is $5.
Vendors will be open on the square.
There is a two-point security process for allowing attendees in the alcohol areas, the proper wristband and an ID. No alcohol can be taken from these areas.
Anyone who is intoxicated will not be permitted to stay at the site, said Jonny Hill, owner and CEO of Igniter Productions, the promoter of the event.
“Their wristband will be cut off and they will escorted from the premises and lose all concert privileges,” Hill said. “This is a family-friendly and fun event. We’re building a brand, building a reputation, and we cannot have that kind of stuff.”
Private security firm CSC will handle event security alongside the Moore County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies.
Advance ticket options include a two-day VIP pass for $325 (ages 21 and older only); a general admission two-day pass for $120; a single-day Friday pass for $56 or a single-day Saturday pass for $72. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free.