This weekend was our first Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN. The festival takes place at The Park at Harlinsdale. It's a beautiful horse farm about 20 minutes south of Nashville, an absolutely stunning location for a festival.
From the festival website:
Established in 1933 by W.W. Harlin, Harlinsdale Farm has been called the most significant historic farm associated with the modern Tennessee Walking Horse industry. As famous as the farm itself is its prize stallion ‘Midnight Sun’. The famous horse became the first repeat World Grand Champion. The success of Midnight Sun has yet to be rivaled by any other Tennessee Walking Horse.
When my friend Clif & I arrived we were like giddy little girls, so excited to finally be back with my Ben, and also to catch some seriously amazing bands: Violent Femmes (hellllo middle school Andi), Shakey Graves, Beck and of course Grace and the band. We saw a few bands I hadn't seen before, Kaleo was a favorite of the day.
Day 1 was truly killer. Grace and the guys brought down the house per usual. I just love getting to see Ben, Grace and the band perform to such excited crowds day over day.
We closed out the night with a full on dance party. Beck's set was unbelievable. Everyone was talking about it Sunday morning. We watched from the soundboard, maybe one of the best spots on the farm! Afterwards there was an Electic Western Dance Party back in the Shangrilounge Artist tent. Vinyl records and about 100 people totally getting down.
On day 2 we headed back out, Ben played with New Orleans' stars Better Than Ezra and the line up continued to be one for the books (City & Colour and Hall & Oates topping my list)! I was totally fan girl'ing and snapped a shot of the City & Colour set list right before the show. They're so incredibly good.
The whole weekend was so perfect. I sent Ben back off on the bus late last night. Sad to have him go, and feeling happy that he's down to his last week of this tour, so thankfully he'll be home again soon.
I've been to a million festivals over the years and somehow this one felt different.... like a big family reunion.
Big thanks to Octer for dressing me for the weekend. If you haven't checked Octer do it asap. Their goal is to make online shopping easier than it's ever been. They feature the biggest US stores and something like 8,000 brands ranging from Topshop (which is where my outfits for the weekend came from) to ASOS to Farfetch to Net-A-Porter. Nobody's got time to search every store to find the perfect pieces and Octer definitely simplifies the game!
In all honesty it was so insanely hot (felt like Louisiana) that I was glad to have a few outfit options. I chose a couple of varieties of cotton dresses and stashed them on the bus so I could go change it up when I started sweating through my clothes, ahhhh! Always come prepared for fest weather you guys.
Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!