Old Set­tler’s Mu­sic Fest mov­ing to big­ger site in Dale

Con­cert or­ga­niz­ers had hoped to keep fest at Salt Lick one more year.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Peter Black­stock pblack­stock@states­man.com Set­tler’s

Af­ter 16 years at the Salt Lick Pavil­ion in Drift­wood just south­west of Austin, the Old Set­tler’s Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will move to a new home in the Lock­hart area south­east of Austin in 2018, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Jean Spivey con­firmed Thurs­day.

The fes­ti­val bought a 145-acre prop­erty in Dale, just north­east of Lock­hart, in June. The plan was to move Old Set­tler’s there in 2019, but fes­ti­val ex­ec­u­tives were sur­prised to re­ceive a let­ter Tues­day from Salt Lick Pavil­ion owner Scott Roberts “in­form­ing the board that the prop­erty would not host the fes­ti­val in 2018,” ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease the fes­ti­val is­sued Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“This kind of came as a shock,” Spivey said. “We were hop­ing to have a full year to build it out and de­velop it be­fore we moved. We had ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve we would be at Salt Lick in 2018.”

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, the Salt Lick had ver­bally con­firmed the April 19-22, 2018, dates two months ago. The state­ment

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Peter Rowan Blue­grass Jam with Wood & Wire per­forms in April at the Old Set­tler’s Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, held at the Salt Lick Pavil­ion in Drift­wood. Salt Lick Pavil­ion hosted the fes­ti­val for 16 years.

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