Phil Lesh & Bob Weir Will Perform A Special Duo Set At LOCKN’, And You Probably Won’t See It

first_imgToday, LOCKN’ Festival announced their “Super VIP” lineup and, as usual, it’s pretty damn exciting. The Super VIP sets are extremely intimate, exclusive performances held during the festival that are open only to those with Super VIP passes (which also get you access to special viewing areas for Main Stage shows, a separate campground, air-conditioned bathrooms and showers, catered meals, and more). LOCKN’s Super VIP program offers a fortunate few the opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime experiences–the chance to see huge artists up-close-and-personal, on a small stage, in a small crowd, tucked away alongside tens of thousands of GA attendees.The announcement press release describes the LOCKN’ Super VIP sets as “a culmination of creativity, inspiration, and imaginative collaboration.” This is no exaggeration. On Friday, August 25th, Keller Williams & Friends will play the Super VIP stage. Sunday will see Jorma Kaukonen play a solo performance, and Friday and Saturday late-night, Super VIPs will be able to enjoy dance parties with DJ Logic. But the clear highlight of the LOCKN’ Super VIP schedule is “A Very Special Hour w/ Phil Lesh & Bob Weir on Saturday, August 26th.The two founding Grateful Dead members will also be performing an exciting set for the main festival crowd with the Terrapin Family Band (a one-time tribute to the Dead’s seminal 1977 album Terrapin Station), so the LOCKN’ masses will surely get their fair share of Phil and Bobby. And, of course, LOCKN’ is one of the year’s biggest festivals for a reason: With a ridiculous schedule of some of the best artists in the scene (that Thursday String Cheese > Umphrey’s > String Cheese > Umphrey’s > Biscuits lineup is almost too good to be true) and a host of other exciting artists and collaborations on the docket (Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Widespread Panic, John Butler Trio, Greensky Bluegrass, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, moe., The Marcus King Band, etc.), nobody is getting shorted on incredible music at this event. It’s a slam dunk.But the fact remains that on LOCKN’ Saturday, Phil Lesh & Bob Weir will play together on a piece of land that’s simultaneously occupied with thousands upon thousands of people who gladly would travel halfway across the world–let alone hike across Infinity Downs Farm–to see these two guys play together, and that majority won’t see the performance. It’s a topic on which people tend to have strong and differing opinions.That’s an inherent part of the increasingly prevalent market for high-end, super VIP, exclusive perks at music festivals. To provide an incredible, singular experience for some you have to, by definition, exclude the many. And that makes sense. Exclusive access is a marketable commodity. We’ve started to see it everywhere to varying degrees, and a few new events have even popped up that cater exclusively to the exclusive crowd charging outrageous sums to “party like rock stars.”They’ve been decidedly hit-or-miss. Last year’s inaugural Desert Trip capitalized successfully on the high-end live music market, selling tickets that ranged from roughly $450 – upwards of $1700 for 3-day tickets. Fans shelled out, and the event was a success, because the event lived up to the high-end experience it offered, with a ridiculous lineup of a generation’s greatest artists, amenities, and curated experiences that matched the ticket prices.But we’ve also seen the pay-to-play model backfire in disastrous fashion. Last weekend’s royally botched Fyre Festival sold extravagantly priced tickets to a purportedly extravagant event, but when attendees arrived at the event’s island locale they were met with no accommodations, lack of water and sewage systems, partially built infrastructure, feral dogs, and other general chaos. All flights to and from the island were cancelled. The event was cancelled before it started, and the organizers had been promptly hit with a $100M class action suit by Monday morning.Whether or not you like it, we live in a free economy, and any business in any industry in this country is driven by the golden rule: supply and demand. As long as the market for exclusive experiences exists, there will always be a vast majority that gets excluded–the proverbial “Phil-and-Bobby-are-playing-right-behind-that-fence-right-there-and-you’re-not-allowed-in,” if you will. And people will always have strong and differing opinions on the matter: “Pay-to-play” vs. “Equality for all.” Just watch…Whatever your thoughts on the high-end live music market, we’ll be in Arrington, VA from August 24th – 27th to join in one of the best parties of the summer. And if you’re heading to LOCKN’ but you’re not Super VIP–don’t fret, friend. We guarantee you’ll see more great music than you know what to do with that weekend. Enjoy it!For more information on LOCKN’, or to purchase tickets, head to the festival’s website. [Cover photo via Getty Images]last_img read more

Shane Long sets record with fastest goal in Premier League history for Southampton against Watford

first_imgAdvertisement Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history after just seven seconds for Southampton against Watford (Picture: Getty)Shane Long has created history by scoring the fastest ever Premier League goal for Southampton against Watford.The FA Cup finalists conceded in bizarre fashion just over a week ago when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang charged down Ben Foster’s clearance to score the only goal of the game against Arsenal, but the former Manchester United and England goalkeeper was blameless on this occasion.Southampton striker Long took just six seconds to break the deadlock at Vicarage Road, blocking Craig Cathcart’s attempted clearance and racing through to lift the ball over the hapless Foster.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors ADVERTISEMENTThe Irishman’s effort comfortably beat the previous record held by Ledley King, who scored for Tottenham at Bradford in 9.82 seconds back in 2000.AdvertisementAdvertisementLong’s goal, his fourth of the season and third in his last four games, was the fastest in the Premier League since Christian Eriksen’s opener for Spurs against Manchester United at Wembley last season,scored in 10.54 seconds.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Shane Long capitalised on Craig Cathcart’s error to score the fastest goal in Premier League history (Picture: Getty)0.07 – At just seven seconds, Shane Long’s strike against Watford is the fastest ever scored in @premierleague history. Record. #WATSOU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 23, 2019 Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Apr 2019 7:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link948Shares Shane Long sets record with fastest goal in Premier League history for Southampton against Watford Commentlast_img read more

Barry Geraghty expects ‘proper test’ at Cheltenham for More Of That

first_img Press Association Barry Geraghty has been pleased with what he has seen from More Of That ahead of his fencing debut in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on Friday. A breathing problem was found, and subsequently operated on, and Geraghty, who partnered More Of That in the World Hurdle, again gets the ride in his new role as JP McManus’ retained rider. “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve been in to school him a few times and it’s been a case of so far, so good. “It looks a good race in its own right and Cheltenham is always a proper test for a novice, especially first time out. “We want to learn about him, though, especially after what happened last season, and this will be a proper test. “We’ve been pleased with him so far, anyway.” The race has a rich history as it has produced two Gold Cup winners in Denman and Imperial Commander in recent times, as well as classy types like Dynaste, Grands Crus and Time For Rupert. Ian Williams won the race in 2009 with Weird Al and runs Ballyalton, second to Faugheen at the Festival two season ago but off for all of last term. Jonjo O’Neill’s seven-year-old was one of the brightest stars in the National Hunt game when he maintained his unbeaten record in the 2014 World Hurdle at the Festival, inflicting a first defeat on Annie Power in the process. Since then, however, he has only been seen once, when he was never a factor on his return to action at Newbury last November. He unseated his rider on his chasing debut at Warwick recently. “We know what it takes to win this, having done so with Weird Al, but it does look a very hot renewal,” said Williams. “It was a little unfortunate what happened at Warwick but he came out of it well and we viewed this as a good opportunity to get some more experience into him. “He departed just before the business end of the race but was closing in. “What seemed obvious, though, was that his year off just seemed to have dented his speed a little. “The fizz he had over hurdles wasn’t quite the same, so this step up to two and a half miles should suit him perfectly. In time I expect him to be running over three (miles).” David Pipe runs Dell’ Arca, a second-season novice who finished fourth in this 12 months ago and who finally opened his account over fences at Uttoxeter in May. “He’s a good horse who always runs in the good races,” said Pipe. “We were happy with him at Uttoxeter and we’ve been happy with him since. “It’s a small but select field and if More Of That comes back to form he’s the one we’ve got to beat.” As De Mee, Might Bite, Double Shuffle and The Society Man complete the line-up. last_img read more