Exit 111 has been one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer and fall in its inaugural year. Taking place on the farm that Bonnaroo has made iconic right outside of Nashville, Tennessee. The lineup is diverse but appeals to more of a rock and metal crowd than Bonnaroo. You have legendary bands with decades of experience like Guns N’ Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick and Def Leppard. Then you also have bands that have made a name for themselves and would be a headliner on most any tour lineup like Coheed and Cambria, Mastodon, Ghost, and Deftones. Then you have my favorite bands to see; the up and coming bands that I personally think you shouldn’t miss. These bands have something to prove and they will go all out to impress the massive crowds at festivals. Those bands include Tetrarch, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Them Evils, Power Trip and Kyle Shutt (of The Sword) showcasing his solo act. I don’t think I need to explain how important it is that you also get a chance to see Slayer one last time, and this will be their final performance in the Volunteer State, so don’t miss them.
Exit 111 has graced us with the daily band schedule early enough to where we can plan out each and every band we are going to see, trying not to miss a moment of music. The Lineup By Day with set times for the inaugural EXIT 111 Festival–October 11-13 at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN–has now been revealed with Guns N’ Roses (Sunday, 8:10 PM), Def Leppard (Saturday, 11:45 PM) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (Friday, 11:10 PM) each performing headlining slots closing out the festival’s daily musical performances. Slayer, Anthrax, and Killswitch Engage are also among the Friday performers, ZZ Top, Mastodon, Ghost and Cheap Trick fill out Saturday’s line-up, with Ministry, Coheed and Cambria and Deftones on Sunday’s bill. The inaugural three-day event hosted by Eddie Trunk features a heavyweight line-up that celebrates all forms of rock–from hard to classic, alternative to southern–with more than 40 acts appearing on three stages (full line-up below). Doors open at 3:00 PM on Friday and 12 Noon on Saturday and Sunday. We are currently working on our schedule and trying not to miss a moment of music, who are your must see bands?
Beyond the music, the EXIT 111 Festival site–known to millions as the home of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival–will be transformed into a rock and roll playground with camping and a variety of activities tailored specifically to concert-goers. Details are as follows:
● The Paranormal Cirque
Step into another, darker dimension with Paranormal Cirque! Step under the tent for one of two daily shows to experience a world of combined theatre, circus, and cabaret presented by Cirque Italia. Watch acrobats of the Air, Illusionists, freaks, and mysterious creatures bring the tent to life for one very paranormal experience. Paranormal Circus is free to all Exit 111 ticket-holders, with platinum ticket holders eligible for reserved seating. This experience is for ages 13+.
● The Red Bull Freestyle Motocross Experience
Red Bull action sports athlete, Tyler Bereman along with some of the best freestyle motocross riders in the world including Brody Wilson, Keith Sayers, James Carter, will be showcasing their insane talents at Exit 111. Get ready to see these talented athletes perform jaw-dropping stunts all 3 days! This event is free to all Exit 111 ticket-holders.
● Mega Sports Bar
Rock hard, play hard. You won’t miss the big games of the weekend. The bar will have everything from college football and the NFL to baseball and hockey games. Every sport will be represented, grab a beer and get into it.
● Exit 111 Car Show
Get ready for the first-ever, all makes, all models car show at Exit 111. Grab a drink and walk the grounds to get a glimpse of cars of all varieties. The car show is free to all Exit 111 ticket-holders. More information is coming soon and the festival is opening the arena to showcase your car, details of which will be announced soon.
Produced by C3 Presents and AC Entertainment, this marks the first-ever event, beyond Bonnaroo, to utilize the farm. EXIT 111 weekend passes and single day tickets are on sale now via the festival’s website. A variety of ticketing options (GA, VIP, four-pack, military discounts, and payment plans), add-ons, camping and parking options, can be found here. Children under 10 are free with paid accompanied adult.