LAVA announces final two acts

Published 10:13 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The LAVA Music Festival has announced the final two bands in its 14-band lineup for the second annual event at Suffolk Executive Airport this May.

Minus The Bear, and indie rock band from Seattle, and Blitzen Trapper, a rock band from Portland, will both travel from the Northwest to be a part of the festival, organizers stated in a press release.

“We’re very excited to reveal our final two bands in the LAVA 2016 lineup, including Minus The Bear as part of their 10th anniversary tour and their first time back in Hampton Roads since 2012,” wrote Justin Billcheck, LAVA producer.

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The event will take place May 27-28 and include camping options this year. Last year’s shindig was a one-day event.

The festival will feature more than 15 hours of live music; the return of the popular Lava Lounge, which boasted a bar and retro arcade games; outdoor games, including human foosball, giant beer pong and cornhole; and a variety of vendors selling food, along with craft beer, wine and cider.

The festival will also add a silent disco to the mix this year.

Festival attendees will have the choice of joining the experience for Friday or Saturday only, of camping just Saturday night after the music or of arriving early on Friday. There will be no Friday-only camping passes.

There will be camping options for tents, recreational vehicles and “glamping” packages from Solid Ground Shelters for those looking for the high-end camping experience. There will also be a quiet/family camping area.

The remainder of the lineup was announced in January and includes the following:

  • The Front Bottoms, an indie rock band that originated in Woodcliff Lake, N.J.;
  • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, bringing a world-renowned soul sound;
  • Dan Deacon, a composer and electronic musician based in Baltimore;
  • JR JR, an indie-pop band from Detroit;
  • Matthew E. White, a songwriter, producer, arranger and founder of Spacebomb Records in Richmond;
  • Natalie Prass, a singer-songwriter from Richmond;
  • The No BS! Brass Band, from Richmond, putting a fresh spin on the New Orleans sound;
  • Major and the Monbacks, a Norfolk band specializing in rock and roll and psychedelic soul;
  • The Will Overman Band, bringing its amped-up, folk-rock sound from Charlottesville;
  • Foxing, a rock band from St. Louis, Mo.;
  • Ladada, a Norfolk band describing its sound as “soda pop”;
  • And Lucy Dacus, a Richmond-based singer-songwriter.

Tickets are on sale at

Day passes for the two-day event are $50 in advance and $60 at the gate, with discounts for those wishing to attend only one of the days.

A camping and festival pass for both days runs $75 in advance and $90 at the gate, with discounts for those wishing to camp only on Saturday.

There are VIP packages, which accord access to a VIP concert area, the VIP lounge and air-conditioned restrooms.

The Solid Ground Shelter glamping pass starts at $300 and includes a yurt with either a bed or cots, along with a table and chairs and lots of extra space.

Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.