American Music Festival headliners moved to Va. Beach Convention Center

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The 5th Street Main Stage beach concerts moved to the Virginia Beach Convention Center Saturday evening.

It’s the second time in two years that weather has caused the festival’s relocation to the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

“We’re not sure why we’ve been so unlucky for the past two years. Obviously, this event falls on Labor Day weekend in hurricane, tropical storm season but we’ve learned through the years how to try to maneuver around the weather as best as we can,” says Mike Hilton, who is the director of marketing for beach events.

Hilton says they made the decision to hold the festival inside because of storms expected throughout the day.

Instead of the usual five to ten thousand visitors who attend when performances are outdoors, Hilton says only a limited number of people had access to the convention center.

The rainy weather not only costs some a good time, but the festival financially.

“Fortunately because we produce the event for the city, they’re able to help us out for resources with funding and again with this facility. It helps to mitigate our expenses,” he says.

Hilton says Sunday night’s main performance by Three Doors Down will be outdoors.

He’s hoping the good weather forecast will continue.

“Next year, we don’t want to see any rain. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, not just for tomorrow, but the future as well,” he says.

The American Music Festival had canceled all shows scheduled for Friday due to high winds and rain at the Oceanfront.

Headliners Rebelution and Michael Franti & Spearhead will be performing. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.

Building capacity is limited, so anyone attending should arrive early. They will be admitted on a first-come basis.

Sunday’s concerts on the beach are planned to go on as scheduled.