handsNfeet, I have not been. However A LOT of my friends have and they swear by it. It is a small "localish" fest and I am familiar with a lot of the bands on the lineup. This is a new location for it this year but a site that has hosted other local fests before. The campground is just some farmland in central NC.https://www.google.com/maps/place/9129+Harmony+Church+Rdfirstname.lastname@example.org,-79.2633109,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89ad2909788cdeaf:0xd2ffb165c75d7537
They say there is wooded camping a short distance form where you park or it is free car camping.
As far as the extras...
Also Available on Site:
- An 18 Hole Disc Golf Course
- Outdoor Showers (new this year)
- Delicious Food Vendors, Bagged ICE, and Water for sale (Please note: we do not sell alcohol on site)
- Arts and Crafts Vendors
- Homegrown Music Network Artist Merch
- Art Gallery, Live Painters, & Free Expression Bus
- Performers, Visuals, and Light Show!
- Contests, Theme Nights, and an abundance of other nonsense and surprises. Decorations, Costumes and things that GLOW are highly encouraged!
Now, about the lineup. I am willing to bet that if you come with an open mind you will leave with a new favorite "got to see them" band. On another site someone ripped it for being a bunch of garage bands with Toubab sbeing the suckiest headliner ever. Oh well, my partial response was as follows...
BIG Something is a regionally touring band and won album of the year from Home Grown Music Network and are definitely worth checking out. They play a mix of rock, funk, jazz, reggae and space jams with a strong guitar and horn interplay. Toubab tour nationally and play a hybrid West African/Asheville jam fusion that gets my wife shaking so I like them. Zach Dputy is another national act. His solo shows feature him looping a lot on a Godin midi guitar, vocals, stomp board, fire extinguisher, etc to build up rhythms that he riffs over. Larry Keel has a better sideburns than anyone else and is a helluva flat picker. Mantras are a mostly regional band but play IL, CO, NY, VT etc. The have their own fest, Mantrabash, that if it weren't for it being the weekend before Lockn, I would be at. High Energy funk rock, metal, electronic, middle eastern blend that is worth hearing. As is their latest album, Jambands Ruined My Life. Big Daddy Love put on a killer show of Americana/roots with good guitar and banjo and a big time front man. They are definitely getting into the local band area but they still tour CO so... Pigeons rock, I've seen them at other fests. Dirty Bourbon I don't know. Sol Driven Train is out of Charleston, SC and are a huge mix of sounds and lots of fun. And on and on.
If you've got the time and nothing better to do come and hang out for a few days and see some awesome music. At $75 you can hardly beat it.