Blue Ridge Rock Festival organizers seek to settle lawsuit | Local News

Two local businesses have filed a lawsuit in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court against the organizers of last year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival over unpaid bills.

Atkinson Farms & Events filed a lawsuit against Blue Ridge Rock Festival on December 17, alleging that it failed to make rental payments in November and December 2021.

Guy P. Riddle Excavating also sued Purpose Driven Events for breach of contract regarding the construction of two roads at the White Oak Mountain Amphitheater.

Atkinson Farms & Events is asking the court for damages of $53,633, plus interest and attorney’s fees.

Riddle’s lawsuit is asking the court for $167,832.46, plus late fees of $4,356.64.

“Yes, we have worked very closely and successfully with Atkinson Farms & Events to chart the present and future together. Guy P. Riddle is in the process of being settled and is expected to be resolved within the next 24 hours,” according to an e-mail. company email on Monday.

Atkinson Farms & Events attorney Christopher Stevens said the lawsuit with his client has yet to be resolved.

Efforts to contact Guy P. Riddle failed at press time.

The Riddle lawsuit includes a series of emails in which Purpose Driven Events said it had to liquidate some real estate to cover bills.

“Although the Blue Ridge Rock Festival is now one of the ten largest festivals in the world, we are a complete anomaly in the music business. We are the only small, independently owned and operated company behind a major music festival. music. Over the past two years and counting, we have suffered greatly due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry. In addition, we have unfortunately continued to await payment from many companies that were essential of our income. As such, it is understandably difficult for us to pay expenses without being paid. However, the Festival is now actively in the process of moving under prestigious new ownership and management, and has long since begun to plan for the return of the Festival in September,” according to the company.

The Blue Ridge Rock Festival, held at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater, was supposed to be the highest-attended event in Pittsylvania County history. The event is estimated to have attracted 40,000 people.

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