ROCKN' to LOCKN' Music Festival contest. Photo provided.
ROCKN' to LOCKN' Music Festival contest. Photo provided.

The Deadline is Friday, February 2

The LOCKN’ Music Festival is hosting their annual ROCKN’ to LOCKN’ crowdsources contest.

Fans vote for their top three Virginia-based acts, and they get a chance to perform at the sixth annual LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia.


The requirements for this contest have been noted by the festival organizers:

  • All artists must be Virginia-based
  • Only the following genres are eligible: Jam, Rock, Americana, Bluegrass/Jam-grass, Funk, Reggae
  • All artists must perform and compete on behalf of only one band
  • All artists are required to provide all of their own instruments and amplifiers
  • All artists must be a regularly performing member of the band prior to contest, artist’s must remain the same; no substitutes or additions are allowed during the contest
  • No artist may be an employee, agent, officer, of LOCKN’, or their affiliates
  • Artist must own 100% of the rights to the submitted songs and any submitted images
  • In the event any member of a band is not eligible or is disqualified, then the entire band will be disqualified

The format to the contest includes:

• SUBMISSIONS: Registration is open! Submit your information and let’s get your dreams closer to reality.

• ROUND 1: National fan voting opens! Cast your vote for who you want to see perform at LOCKN’. As a bonus, each person who votes will be entered to win two 4-day GA passes to LOCKN’! Fans can submit up to one vote per day.

• ROUND 2: Come see the top 12 bands battle LIVE during 3 shows in Virginia in April. Your in-person votes will decide the final 6 bands.

• THE FEST WEEKEND ROUND: Join us at Infinity Downs Farm to see the grand finale performances from our top 6 finalists, and select your picks for the top 3 bands to play LOCKN’.

  • Bands will be paid $500 for their performance at LOCKN’

Additionally, the festival currently has a limited amount of pre-sale tickets available via their main website.

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.