Blue Ridge Rock Festival leaves Pittsylvania County for Virginia International Raceway
Organizers announced Friday they’re relocating the Blue Ridge Rock Festival from Pittsylvania County to the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Halifax County after facing challenges in 2021, including long lines for parking, camping, permits and vendors.
Large amphitheater set to open in Danville in August
Va. – People in Danville will have a new place this summer to unwind and see their favorite music artists in concert. Purpose Driven Events announced it plans to open “Blue Ridge Amphitheater,” a 30,000 capacity amphitheater, in August with five music festivals already scheduled for this year. This announcement comes shortly after Purpose Driven Events bought The Ridge, formerly known as Phase 2 and Cattle Annies, in February for $3.5 million. “Blue Ridge Amphitheater is a massive game-changer for this market,” said Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Slye. Concerts and festival lineups haven’t been announced, but fans can subscribe to venue updates and show announcements here or follow the new venue on Facebook or Instagram.
Phase 2 in Lynchburg preps for renovations under new ownership
After 27 years as an event venue in the Hill City, Phase 2 is gearing up for some big changes, starting with its name. Purpose Driven Events announced on Thursday that the entertainment venue will now be called “The Ridge” and will embody passion, integrity and sustainability as its key principles. The venue was bought for $3.5 million last week by Purpose Driven Events, which is led by chief executive officer Jonathan Slye. Purpose Driven Events’ mission is to have a purpose behind each event and Phase 2 will be no exception, with a new focus on sustainability and environment-friendly infrastructure. The venue also plans to bring in more diverse acts going forward including comedy, car shows and mixed martial arts.
Lynchburg concert venue set to close this fall
LYNCHBURG, Va. - A popular concert venue will be closing its doors for good in Lynchburg later this year. On Saturday, Nov. 2, Phase 2 will hold its final concert, according to Jonathan Slye, with Lynchburg Concerts. Slye posted in his Facebook group, Lynchburg Concerts Insiders, that the managing partner of Phase 2 is set to retire, which is why the business is closing. The building, its contents and the land are now for sale for $4 million, according to Slye. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.