LAVA Festival leaving Suffolk

Published 10:02 pm Friday, April 22, 2016

Only five weeks prior to the second annual LAVA Music Festival at the Suffolk Executive Airport, the festival has announced several changes, including a new location in Norfolk.

“We ran into some unfortunate circumstances that were out of our control,” said Josh Coplon, creative director for the festival. He refused to go into further detail but did say it had nothing to do with the city government.

“I love Suffolk,” he said. “It’s nothing personal to Suffolk at all.”

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Originally planned to be a two-day event with a camping option over Memorial Day weekend, the new event will be only one day and will take place at O’Connor Brewing Company in the Ghent area of Norfolk on May 28.

“It’s a more intimate setting as opposed to being at the airport, and it’s more accessible to people in Norfolk,” Coplon said. “It’s a popular area and great spot.”

Five of the originally announced bands — The Front Bottoms, Blitzen Trapper, Foxing, JR JR and Will Overman Band — will no longer be performing.

“Some of the changes that happened, we have to work through some things and not everyone is able to make the change with us,” Coplon said to explain the loss of the bands.

The bands that remain are Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Minus the Bear, Dan Deacon, Matthew E. White, Natalie Prass, No BS! Brass Band, Lucy Dacus, Major and the Monbacks and Ladada.

Ticket prices have also changed. They will go for $20 through April 29, rise to $25 on April 30 and be $30 at the gate.

Everybody who has already purchased a ticket should have received an email explaining the refund process, Coplon said. Full refunds will be available for those who no longer wish to attend, and refunds down to the current price will be available for those who do still want to attend.

Coplon said he intends to continue the festival in future years. He has yet to obtain a location for next year but said Suffolk Executive Airport is “absolutely not off the table.”

“We’ll see where we’re at,” he added.

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