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Parking and weather problems from last year’s FloydFest is leading to changes this year on how the summer music event just off the Blue Ridge Parkway will handle parking and camping.

The festival hopes to avoid problems that turned parking lots into seas of mud and problems with campsites.  General admission parking is now all off site and more use of shuttle buses will be put into place with longer hours for transportation.

In addition, the length of the summer event continues to grow and FloydFest now bills itself as a five-day “staycation.”

All this and more from a recent press release:

Since its inception, FloydFest, the summer outdoor music festival near Floyd, VA, has celebrated its status as a truly unique, fiercely independent festival experience that challenges the definition of the typical ‘summer music festival.’  That’s why, for its 13th year, FloydFest is bringing its fans a Revolutionary 5-day music, outdoors, and healing arts experience that will embrace the beauty of creativity, evolution, and positive change.  Among the changes taking place this year, the festival is offering attendees a full 5-day staycation, from July 23rd – 27th.  Festival-goers will also discover a bold new musical line-up, featuring an unprecedented melding of R&B, Blues, Reggae, Americana, and more.

“We are committed to constantly stretching our horizons so that we may continue to grow as a festival and as a community,” says co-founder and CEO Kris Hodges.  “We’re re-inventing themes, exploring new musical genres, and providing an uncharted experience for our fans that will both challenge and fulfill the body and soul.”

Implementing positive change requires a great deal of communication, and FloydFest has been working diligently to implement suggestions from attendees in years past that will help make this year’s festival as enjoyable as possible.  For 2014, the following important logistical changes have been put in place:

Camping

All on- site campers will be given a designated 15×15 camping area with the purchase of a Tent Tag prior to the festival.  All RV camping has been moved off the festival site to the nearby Delta lot, while the Bravo lot will be designated for off-site car camping.  All car campers will be issued a parking ticket that allots for a 10×10 parking space right next to their vehicle.

Parking

All General Admission parking has been moved off-site to the Alpha lot.  The Alpha, Bravo, and Delta lots are all flat, spacious, and easily-accessible to all types of vehicles.  To make the check-in process easier, Alpha Lot ticket check-in and parking payment will occur directly at the lot, so be sure to bring cash!  Spaces for RV’s at the Delta Lot and Car Camping at the Bravo Lot will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis during the festival, unless sold out via pre-event online sales.  Powered RV spots are currently sold-out.

Shuttle Service

Shuttles to and from the festival site and all parking lots will run continuously from 9am until 2am every day.  Each individual shuttle will be assigned a truck with an equipment trailer, so campers will never have to be separated from their gear.

Severe Weather Preparedness

Summer weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains is about as predictable as next year’s FloydFest theme, and the festival has taken every possible precaution to ensure that attendees will be safe, comfortable and able to access transportation should a severe weather event occur.  FloydFest staff have planned extensively with all local farmers, garages, and area law enforcement regarding severe weather preparedness and evacuation procedures.  Harboring fears of an on-site mud pit?  Fear no longer – this year’s festival site will feature gravel pathways from the entrance all the way through the main field.

“Our top priority has been and always will be the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of our attendees,” says Hodges.  “We received a lot of great feedback from last year, and we’re utilizing it to ensure that we bring FloydFest fans the safest, most enjoyable festival experience that we possibly can.”

For more information and the full 2014 ‘Revolutionary’ artist line-up, visit www.floydfest.com, or call 1-888-VA-FESTS.