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‘Blue Ridge Rock Festival’ Organizers Issue New Statement Regarding Refunds For The Ill-Fated Festival


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Organizers of the ‘Blue Ridge Rock Festival‘ have issued a new statement, explaining the ongoing delay in refunds for those who attended the seemingly doomed fest. While inclement weather battered the festival initially, the ultimate cause of its untimely cancellation this past September has become more murky. Festival organizers have maintained that the event was cancelled solely to weather.

However, on the ground reports from workers and the media allege logistical disorder behind the scenes, a worker strike and more all having played into the partial cancellation. The Alton, VA event was billed as ‘America’s largest rock & camping festival’ and was booked to feature headlining sets from Slipknot, Pantera, Shinedown and many more.

While numerous bands did get to perform, the fest was ultimately cut short, leading to a backlash from angry fans that has persisted to this day.

Speaking today, December 29th, the following statement was issued via the festival’s social media:

“We are extremely sorry for the delay in providing a clear resolution for 2023’s partial cancellation. We know that frustrations are continuing to compound, and fans deserve more communication and information from us. It has pained us immensely that we have not been permitted to do so thus far. For the first time, we have recently been given permission to issue this more complete statement.

Our event had the benefit of festival interruption and abandonment insurance. Receiving coverage for a claim of this magnitude takes a considerable amount of time. The firms representing the Festival expect a response to the claim in the first quarter of 2024 or shortly thereafter. After the response from the insurance companies, we will update all of you and begin the process of providing complete resolutions for everyone.

Our insurance policy has language restricting our public pronouncements until the claim is settled. This is the reason we have largely been silent. It has been incredibly difficult to not publicize evidence to refute many of the reports surrounding the Festival. However, we are unwilling to jeopardize the recovery of the policy for you the fans, prejudice our rights, or prejudice the insurance carriers’ rights. We eagerly await the moment when we can provide full transparency.

The unanticipated, sudden, and extraordinary storms, which put fans, crews, bands, and the event in grave danger were incredibly unfortunate. The damage caused by these storms has yet to be fully revealed. Despite the time this process has taken, we have not stopped working diligently on your behalf. The moment we have the authority, we will address everything in full. This has been brutal for all of us. We continue to work tirelessly to ensure a timely resolution and have taken every step possible on our end to shorten the process.

We fully understand the animosity that many of you have towards this situation. There is so much more to this story than what has come to light. A special thank you to those of you who have continued to support us during these hard times. Your patience and grace has been a testament to the passionate community that surrounds this event and built it to the largest on the continent. It goes without saying that we would be nothing without each of you.

The Blue Ridge Rock Festival Team”

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