Fans say festival conditions have changed as Blue Ridge Rock Fest comes to an end in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The fun is ending in Danville after tens of thousands of music lovers flocked to the Blue Ridge Rock Festival while nearly 200 bands performed at the amphitheater.

Initially, festival-goers didn’t have too many good things to say about the organization of the event and campsites.

WFXR News spoke with campers who said lines lasted for hours, toilets and showers were difficult to access, and campsites that attendees paid for were overbooked.

However, by the last day of the festival on Sunday, Sept. 12, it seemed like conditions had improved.

“After that one day of chaos, things have actually been really good,” said Jesse Prentice from New Hampshire.

Prentice says the first day was tough.

“They were moving people around, and it just became very unorganized chaos,” Prentice said. “There were no shuttles up here because it wasn’t supposed to be an area that people were going to be camping at.”

On the last day, though, Prentice and other campers says there’s more security, accessible portable toilets, and more bus routes.

“It’s bringing a lot of people from all over the country to see that we can have these events here in our town, too,” a bus driver told WFXR News.

Steve Miller came from Charlotte, N.C. and says he paid about $200 for a spot at the campsite. When he got there, it was full, so he set up at the overflow lot instead and ended up having a great time.

“Everyone here is really good people. This is a really good spot. It’s a lot of room, and I met people from California, from Virginia, from Florida,” said Miller.

Despite the setbacks, many fans and neighbors say they want to see another Blue Ridge Rock Fest next year.

“I’m like 20 miles away, so for us it’s just been a lot of fun, father and son coming out to watch the music. Great bands. There are all kinds of great music,” said Chad Suttle from Danville.

Pittsylvania County is still asking for feedback on the festival, so if you want to share your thoughts on the event, follow this link.

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