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Pilgrimage Festival Partners with BLACKBERRY FARM to Offer Grand Champion Experience

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival and Blackberry Farm have teamed up to provide an elevated experience for festival goers that will take them beyond VIP with The Grand Champion Experience pass. This marks the first time that Blackberry Farm will take their staff and experiences outside the property to create a one of a kind partnership with Pilgrimage. PRESS HERE for more info on passes.

In addition to all the amenities of the Pilgrimage and VIP Village passes, The Grand Champion Experience with Blackberry Farm features meet and greets with artists, farm-to-table bites from Blackberry Farm's Executive Chefs Cassidee Dabney and Sarah Steffan, a mixology experience that evolves through the day and stage-front viewing. Blackberry Farm will also host signature experiences such as Mediation Moments with Wellness Lifestyle Expert Hope Parks, Sabering School with Director of Food and Beverage Andy Chabot, Fly Fishing Lessons with Activities Manager Alex Quick and more at this year's festival. "We love sharing great music and incredible experiences with our guests," says Mary Celeste Beall, Blackberry Farm Proprietor. "This partnership is a really exciting opportunity to bring a taste of the Farm off property and invite new friends to enjoy learning from our talented artisans."

"Every patron that comes through the gates of Harlinsdale Farm for Pilgrimage gets to experience the incredible music, art, food and beverages that this region has to offer," says co-producer Brandt Wood. "By teaming up with Blackberry Farm, we are able to bring the festival experience to a whole other level." Last month, the festival announced the addition of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds to the lineup! Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds join the already impressive list of artists that include Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Lionel Richie, Brandi Carlile, Counting Crows and more as music fans #MakeThePilgrimage September 22 and 23, 2018 to The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN for two unforgettable days of music, art and culture. PRESS HERE for more info or to purchase passes

The full 2018 lineup includes:

Jack White * Chris Stapleton * Lionel Richie * Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Hozier * Brandi Carlile * Counting Crows Amos Lee * Bleachers * Lord Huron * Dawes Maggie Rogers * Elle King * Mat Kearney Valerie June * The Struts * Jade Bird * Kevin Griffin * Keb' Mo' The White Buffalo * Pete Yorn * The Record Company Caitlyn Smith * John Moreland * The Infamous Stringdusters * Tall Heights * Tyminski * Aaron Lee Tasjan * Jillian Jacqueline Low Cut Connie * Donovan Woods * Courtney Marie Andrews Rebirth Brass Band * Wild Rivers * Joshua Hedley * Caroline Rose Robert Finley * Devon Gilfillian *Whitney Rose * Lilly Hiatt Sarah Shook & The Disarmers * AHI * Liz Longley * Hannah Dasher Josh Martin * Bishop Gunn * Ralph's World + Friends * Siama's Congo Roots * 123 Andrés Mister G * Cajun Mike * Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers + more

Experience why Rolling Stone called Pilgrimage "a festival to watch" and "one of the South's premier festivals" by The Tennessean with a 2-Day Pilgrimage pass ($185) OR 2-Day VIP Village pass ($975) as well as on-site parking passes for $60 while limited supplies last. The VIP Village is presented in partnership with Strategic Hospitality of Nashville. Want to bring the kids? No problem! Pilgrimage has something for everyone and children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by an adult Pilgrimage Pass.To purchase your passes, please The festival continues to drive tourism dollars to Williamson County and the Pilgrimage Foundation, the festival's non-profit arm, will donate a portion of each ticket sale to benefit theCity of Franklin and Friends of Franklin Parks. In addition, a portion of ticket sales will also benefitMusiCares, a nonprofit organization that was established by the Recording Academy™ to provide a wide range of emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music community.

ABOUT BLACKBERRY FARM In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Forty years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion. Today, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons why it is one of the top-rated properties in the world.

ABOUT BLACKBERRY FARM MUSIC Blackberry Farm hosts a diverse music series that offers guests an intimate concert experience with the likes of legends, superstars and up-and-coming talents, all in an effort to raise funds for the Blackberry Farm Foundation. The Blackberry Farm Foundation supports local children and foodways-related causes. With indoor and outdoor amphitheater staging options, shows range from very intimate 30-person audiences to concerts of approximately 100-150 people in Bramble Hall. The format is completely up to the artist including acoustic sets or full band shows.

About The Pilgrimage Foundation The Pilgrimage Foundation was established to develop, in conjunction with the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, a non-profit program whereby organizations that support the arts, artists, historic preservation and education may benefit from the growth of the festival.  Each year several organizations will be chosen to participate and benefit from the festival in ways that include publicity, events, and donations.

About Friends of Franklin Parks The not-for-profit organization Friends of Franklin Parks was formed in 2011 to mobilize community resources to continually enhance the City of Franklin's park system.  In 2015, Friends embarked on a $1.3 million effort to construct a multi-purpose equestrian arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The new Tractor Supply Co. Arena is slated to open in April 2016, and will host numerous public events ranging from polo matches to concerts.For more information, please visit

About MusiCares A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs. For more information, visit, "like" MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram


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