Beck, Violent Femmes, Kacey Musgraves, City and Colour, and the Strumbellas are among the names on the lineup for the second annual Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival. The fest brings indie rock, folk, and country acts to The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, Tennessee on September 24-25.
Other names on the bill include Better Than Ezra, the Struts, Shakey Graves, Brothers Osborne, Blind Pilot, Langhorne Slim, Cake, and Margo Price. Additional performers will be revealed in the coming weeks. In a press release, Better Than Ezra singer and festival co-founder Kevin Griffin said, “We can't wait to be back in September with another great lineup with even more artists still to be announced.”
Tickets are on sale now on the festival's website. General admission two-day passes run $204 including tax and surcharges. VIP passes are available for $683 and features VIP parking and lounges, private viewing areas, and a limited amount of free food and alcohol.
Both Beck and Musgraves are touring on the success of their latest Grammy-nominated albums. Beck's Morning Phase was lauded by critics and won Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys, causing Kanye West's infamous stage crashing and comments that he thought Beyonce should have won. Musgraves was nominated for her second album, Pageant Material, the follow-up to her stellar debut, Same Trailer Different Park.
Joining those big names are some impressive newcomers. British glam rockers the Struts are one of the most exciting bands in rock music right now, and the Strumbellas are breaking out with their infectious hit “Spirits.” Following Tuesday's lineup announcement, the Strumbellas tweeted, “Ummm yes! Can't wait! So excited to be part of the Pilgrimage Festival lineup this year :)”
The 2016 Pilgrimage Festival follows on the heels of the inaugural 2015 event, which featured Weezer, Sheryl Crow, Wilco, Neko Case, the Decemberists, Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, and Iron & Wine. At this early date, the 2016 lineup is not yet as impressive as last year's, but that could change when additional artists are announced soon.
Pilgrimage features six stages and sizable audience areas that don't feel as crowded as some other major festivals. Gates open at 10 am each day and the music begins very early, at 10:30 am. The event does not offer camping, but there are many hotels in the Nashville area for visitors.