Good news, Norfolk music fans.
Year two of LAVA Music Festival will be happening here in Norfolk, at O’Connor Brewing Company in Park Place, not in Suffolk, as originally announced.
“The street will be closed off in front of the brewery, block party style,” said LAVA’s founder and creative director, Josh Coplon. “We’re going to bring in a main stage in the parking lot, and a second stage on the loading dock.”
LAVA will be a one day event, Saturday, May, 28. The music will start at 2pm, and will be alternating stages throughout the day.
“It will be seamless,” said Coplon. “One band ends, and within 30 seconds or a minute the next band will start.”
Most of the performers originally announced for the Suffolk location will be coming to OBC, including Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Minus the Bear, Dan Deacon, Natalie Prass, Matthew E. White, No BS! Brass Band, Lucy Dacus, Major and the Monbacks, and Ladada.
The Front Bottoms, Foxing, Blitzen Trapper, JR JR, and Will Overman Band will no longer be performing at LAVA.
“I’m from Norfolk, grew up in Norfolk, left Norfolk and came back,” said Coplon. “It only makes sense for LAVA to move to O’Connor’s and Norfolk to be a part of the hub of the Hampton Roads cultural community. It’s nice to bring it home.”
There was a natural fit with OBC.
“We are beyond excited,” said Hannah Serrano, Media & Events Director for OBC. “Many of our team attended the festival last year, and we were blown away by the entertainment, production value, and high level of organization that went into it. We already knew then that we wanted to be a part of it this year in whatever way we could, and to have the opportunity to provide the venue for this extraordinary event is an incredible opportunity for us and for the Norfolk community.”
There will be a handful of food trucks, and there will probably be a misting tent for those of you who get sweaty playing corn hole, but the focus will be on the music. LAVA being out at the airport in Suffolk was cool, but this seems like it’s going to be epic.
This week only, grab your tickets for only $20. Prices will increase to $25 on April 29th and will be $30 at the gates. Grab them online at lavafestival.com.