Well, it looks like the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, Virginia effectively didn’t happen this year. After Thursday’s performances were cut short when a severe storm required an evacuation of the festival grounds, things seemed to get back on track in time for Friday’s sets.
Sustainable conditions didn’t last for long, and Saturday’s gig was canceled. While there was hope that Sunday’s events could go on as planned, the festival organizers have come to the decision to cancel the final two days outright.
Inclement weather has plagued the festival grounds over the course of the past week, with obstacles such as high winds, thunder, lightning and hail ruining the grounds and leading to mass delayed entries.
The following message was posted via the Festival’s social media:
Dear Blue Ridge Fans
With heavy hearts, due to this weekend’s continued severe weather, we must announce the cancellation of the final days of Blue Ridge Rock Festival. Your safety and well-being are our foremost concerns.
We understand the disappointment this brings, and we share immensely in your sadness. Please know that this decision was made with the utmost consideration for everyone involved and our focus now is on supporting those of you still on-site.
We are working diligently to provide refund details and will share that information early this week when business re-opens. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay safe and take care of each other.
This has been an agonizing turn of events for what was to be such a special weekend. There will be more much that we unveil over the next few days. Rest assured, we will take care of you despite these difficult circumstances. Thank you for everything.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Bands whose sets were canceled include Papa Roach, Megadeth, Pantera, Babymetal and Lamb of God. Several artists have commented on the situation via social media. Papa Roach wrote: “We love you all. Thank you for sticking around with us despite the rain and @BlueRidgeRock getting canceled!” Babymetal took a similar approach, saying : “We are so sorry we won’t be seeing you αt Blue Ridge tomorrow. Please stay safe out there!!” For their part, Pantera were a bit more somber. “Sad news about Blue Ridge Rock Festival. We were looking forward to playing for you tomorrow,” read a post.
We are so sorry we won’t be seeing you αt Blue Ridge tomorrow. Please stay safe out there!! 🦺 pic.twitter.com/guAxY04GRb
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) September 10, 2023
We love you all ❤️
Thank you for sticking around with us despite the rain and @BlueRidgeRock getting canceled!
— Papa Roach (@paparoach) September 10, 2023