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10 Best Things We Saw at Pilgrimage Music Festival

From Nikki Lane’s defiant cool to Willie Nelson’s eternal buzz, these were the highlights of the inaugural Nashville-area fest

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Nikki Lane and Willie Nelson were highlights of the inaugural Pilgrimage Music Festival.

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With an A-list lineup (arguably the best curated of the year) and all the charm of a county fair, the inaugural Pilgrimage Music Festival, held just south of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee, established itself as a festival to watch.

Held on the sprawling but easily navigable grounds of the Park at Harlinsdale Farm — where Miranda Lambert posed for her Rolling Stone magazine cover shoot last year — Pilgrimage was a daylight-hours fest, with sets beginning around noon and ending before 8:00. As such, the mood was decidedly chill, as concertgoers migrated between three main stages for acts as varied as Willie Nelson, Jimmy Cliff, Cage the Elephant and Nikki Lane. Even the looming threat of rain wasn't enough to derail the good vibes — although the Weezer into Wilco sets on Saturday were soaking affairs. Here are the 10 best things we witnessed with our fellow pilgrims.


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