FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Pilgrimage Festival Swinging Hard to Bring Back Fans

This years Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival is the true story of an underdog trying to make a comeback. Last year’s festival ended before any headlining acts even took the stage, as it and many other festivals in the Southeast sharing that same weekend were drenched by a torrent of rain and lightning that was unpredictable at best.

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters – Photo Rick Munroe Music Fest News

Strength to Perseverance

The struggle for Pilgrimage is going to be in the negative feelings many fans associated with the event due to its “rain or shine” status but still being called due to rain and excessive mud, even after the lightning subsided in the area. Unconfirmable sources do say it was not the festival organizers’ choice, but that instead the city of Franklin is to blame, not wanting to see one of its parks torn asunder as legions of musical fans trudged and danced in the mud.

Devon Gilfillian shot by Zach Sanders

Here’s Hoping for a Banner Year

The festival is swinging hard in 2019 with acts such as Foo Fighters, The Killers, Keith Urban, and so much talent coming out of the nearby Nashville that our only sadness is that we cannot possibly see it all. If you are a fan on the fence about returning this year, we would suggest giving it a chance. The staff were gems last year during the evacuation, with all of the ones we passed shouting that they would see us back shortly, showing that they were just expecting a quick lightning break as well. Communications between organizers and attendees broke down, but these are things that can be fixed. Let’s give this excellent little festival that brings big-name talent a chance to fix it before we send it to the festival graveyard.

Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival


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