Hundreds of people lined up at the gates for the ninth annual Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival which opened Saturday at noon in Franklin.
Attendees briskly passed through the gates and security checks to snag prime spots at their favorite stages by spreading out blankets and arranging chairs in the midday sun.
With warm-but-beautiful weather forecasted for the weekend-long event, organizers announced early Saturday morning that the festival had sold out late Friday night — only the second time in the festival's history.
Judy Mann, who came to the festival from Birmingham, Ala., was in her camp chair poised and ready for the music shortly after gates opened. This is her third year coming to Pilgrimage.
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"I love all the different types of music at this festival," Mann told The Tennessean. "I'm a big bluegrass fan so those are the festivals I usually hit. I come for the music, but I love that it's so easy. We park at the school and ride the shuttle over here and we get just about this same spot every year."
The festival continues Sunday with musical performances by artists such as Tigirlily Gold, The War and Treaty, Madeline Edwards, Down Home Church, Patrick Droney, Ian Munsick, Margo Price, Owensboro Bluegrass Band, Tommy Prine, Charlie Worsham, Ashley McBride, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Luke Grimes and Zach Bryan.
Melonee Hurt covers music and music business at The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK — Tennessee. Reach Melonee at email@example.com or on X @HurtMelonee.
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