“With pieces in place, we were fully ready to accelerate preparations to host the festival this year. However, it became clear that the assurance for public safety would be difficult at best, and we needed to postpone until 2021,” said Brandt Wood, one of the festival’s co- producers. “We had sincerely hoped that Pilgrimage would serve its annual role to bring the community out to celebrate music and, particularly this year, to celebrate coming back together. Alas, the circumstances require us to look to next year for this.
“We couldn’t be more appreciative of the support provided by the City of Franklin staff and officials, as well as Friends of Franklin Parks over the years, and particularly over the past few weeks as we’ve worked closely together to assess the situation,” he added.
The cancellation is the latest music festival to cancel due to COVID-19 concerns, following the high-profile cancellations of CMA Music Festival, SXSW, and more. The festival’s organizers are already planning for the 2021 event.
“Our goal of becoming an annual cultural institution has been achieved and our desire to continue to evolve the Pilgrimage experience is undiminished,” added Wood. ‘There is simply no substitute for live music and the healing power it can provide. We know people will be more than ready to rejoice in this experience again when the climate improves.”
Those who purchased early bird tickets will have the option to transfer their tickets to the 2021 event or receiving a full refund, including all processing fees.
The show’s 2019 lineup had included Keith Urban, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Lauren Daigle, Better Than Ezra, Leon Bridges and more.
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