This prehistoric throwdown takes place about 35 miles east of downtown Columbus, the state capital. If you’re coming from outside the state, you’ll want to book a flight to John Glenn Columbus International Airport. From there, Legend Valley is practically a straight shot on Interstate-70 E. For reference, the venue is about two miles outside Buckeye Lake.
If you’re making the road trip, the festival’s central location between major East Coast and Midwestern cities makes for an easy drive due to the region’s numerous highways and interstates. As long as you end up on I-70, you’re golden. Carpool with friends to reduce your carbon footprint.
The campsite is nestled just across the way from the festival grounds. It’s recommended that you snag a Thursday Early Access Camping Pass so you can claim the best spot possible. Of course, it’s always recommended that you camp for the full festival experience, but if you don’t care for nature then you can snag a shuttle pass that takes you back and forth between downtown Columbus and Legend Valley.
The midwest boasts the most unpredictable weather patterns in the country. Given this is Ohio in early fall, be ready for mild weather during the day and somewhat chilly temperatures at night. Make sure you bring a jacket, although nonstop headbanging is almost guaranteed to keep you warm.
Compared to the average music festival, 500,000 watts of bass is a whole ‘nother animal. Lost Lands employs PK Sound Systems to deliver this level of intensity. To avoid permanent ear damage, a free pair of earplugs is included when you purchase a ticket. Take care of your hearing, and don’t be surprised if the festival ups the wattage in future editions.
Leave No Trace
Finding dinosaur fossils underground is cool. Finding trash on the ground is not. Do your best to keep the festival grounds and campgrounds clean by bringing ample trash bags, reusable water bottles, etc. Even the porta potties feature ventilation technology and a team of Sh*T Flies on patrol – volunteers wearing bug masks and wings – to keep the facilities clean.