DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The long-awaited Blue Ridge Rock Festival kicked off Thursday in Danville, featuring nearly 200 bands. However, according to thousands of attendees, their four-day weekend of fun has turned into something of a nightmare.
The overflow parking lot was intended to be used for cars, but instead, attendees are having to camp there and walk miles to the concert venue, after spending hundreds of dollars on a spot at the campsite.
Raina Bedell and her friends say they got there on day one and have not been able to see any concerts yet.
“We’ve been trying to find showers and figure out what’s going on,” said Bedell.
Other attendees told WFXR News that lines are so long, they have to wait hours to eat, go to the bathroom, and take a shower. On top of that, walking to these places takes up to 30 minutes because they’re located off-site.
“The security guards were even asking people like us, ‘Hey where’s the off-site camping?’ The security guards had no idea where to go. No one here knows what is going on.”
Bedell added they also were not told showers would cost $10 per person.
Other attendees say these circumstances are unfortunate, but they’re making the best of it.
“We’re making the best out of where we’re at. I sat in this field for about six hours yesterday, and it was a disaster. But now, we’re having a blast,” said Jeffrey Tyree of Appomattox.
Some say they’ve contacted the Virginia Attorney General’s Office to file complaints against the organizers and they’ve tried to contact the organizers themselves for a refund.
WFXR News reached out to Purpose Driven Events, the organizers of the festival, but as of Friday, Sept. 10, we have not received a response.
Pittsylvania County is seeking feedback regarding the festival. They want to hear from both area residents and out-of-town attendees on how it can be improved.
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