Pilgrimage Festival Preview

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival has made a massive name for itself in just three short years. A mere 30 minute drive outside of Music City itself, the Franklin, Tennessee festival started off with a bang in 2015 featuring headliners like Weezer, Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler. Since then, it has grown to be one of the most recognizable festivals in the South, as well as one of the most exciting and anticipated music events around Nashville. Pilgrimage is a hub for local vendors and artisans, as well as visual and musical artists alike.

Allie Gray, a Pilgrimage Festival intern, talked about what makes Pilgrimage so special. To her, “Pilgrimage Festival is magic… It celebrates so much of where the soul of music comes from and the journey to where it is today, in Americana but also in every genre”. This year, the festival features living legends like Lionel Richie and Dave Matthews, modern hitmakers like Bleachers & Elle King, as well as up and coming Americana acts like Joshua Hedley and Jillian Jacqueline. For another year now, Pilgrimage is staying true to its roots while also making sure it looks ahead to where music is going. Gray also stated that “there’s a sense of history, a holiness on the grounds that [she’s] never experienced before. It’s hope and love and community and genuine care for the creation of artistic craft.”

All ages will stay occupied for the entire weekend at Pilgrimage Festival. Not only does the festival feature five different stages, but also an Art Barn and the Antique Archaeology Storytelling Stage. Festival-goers can stop by and get a free beard trim or braided hairstyle at Scout’s Barbershop, grab the best grilled cheese of their life at the Grilled Cheeserie’s food truck and immerse themselves in the Americana Music Triangle Experience. At Pilgrimage, music, art and culture intersect to give the Festival its unique community feel. Pilgrimage has honed in this homegrown sentiment in a way that can make Middle Tennessee feel like home to anybody.

*Allie Gray does not speak on behalf of Pilgrimage Festival and her quotes are not official Pilgrimage Festival statements.

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Callista Milligan, music editor, is a Senior arts management major from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In her free time, you can find her in Second State Coffee with a cold brew in hand.


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