What do you get when you combine a massive crowd of country music
with Harley-Davidson bikers, old-school punk rockers, alcohol,
an abundance of law enforcement? The debut of the "Lost Highway
Festival," and a whole lot of drama-free fun, that's what!
Over twenty thousand music and motorcycle fans "jammed" San
San Manuel Amphitheater and surrounds with three stages of music,
Davidson booths, bikes and demonstrations for largest motorcycle
concert in Southern California. Add to that a display of attendee
diversity heretofore unseen at any other festival I've attended,
made for a very entertaining experience!
The Eli Young Band, Chris Janson, and Toby Keith were the names
the biggest crowds to the main stage, while Social Distortion,
Horton Heat, Lucero and The Brave Ones brought the punk rockers,
psychobilly and biker crowds to additional stages located a short
away from the country madness.
Vendors Village, adjacent to the Quaid Harley-Davidson Stage area,
featured a world class Harley show with both old and new bikes
builders around the country, as well as a plethora of vendor
stocked with riding gear, parts and accessories, custom
hats, clothing, jewelry and much more.
A 2015 Harley-Davidson FXDB Dyna Street Bob was gifted to one
attendee, who entered the giveaway simply by logging on to the
service available at the event. Contestants strutted their stuff
first annual "Miss Lost Highway" model contest. Eight custom bike
showcased their skills with an incredible "helmet art" show, while
from UNKNOWN Industries wowed the crowds with demos showcasing
freestyle Harley trick riding skills. (What these riders can do
Harley's is astonishing!)
Campgrounds, located just across the street from the venue,
everything from tent and RV camping, to an impressive VIP camping
experience for those with the means.
Like the camping, Lost Highway provided admission for most any
From GA and reserved tickets starting at just under $30.00, to
VIP packages that ranged from $199.00-$699.00 each, there was
for everybody. The backstage VIP facilities offered a
crowd-free environment. Despite a mass of over twenty thousand
nothing ever felt crowded. No long lines for anything, because
thousand bodies are a drop in the bucket at the San Manuel
Venue capacity comes in at 65,000 (10,000 seats, 54,100 spaces on
lawn) making it the largest outdoor venue in the United States.
room for Lost Highway growth. Judging by its apparent success,
smiling faces and lack of serious (if any) incidents, I think
installments of the Lost Highway Festival will need it!
- Greg Pittelli
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