Exit 111 Festival Features Classic Rock Bands This Weekend | Culture & Leisure


This weekend, Great Stage Park will be leading and moshing when the Exit 111 music festival comes to town. Bonnaroo’s newest ground festival will see dozens of hard rock and heavy metal bands converge on Manchester for three days of metal madness.

The festival will be presented by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Other artists who come to The Farm include Slayer, ZZ Top, Deftones, Seether, Cheap Trick, Skillet, Alter Bridge, Coheed and Cambria and Lamb of God, among others.

The festival was announced earlier this year by founder and co-producer AC Entertainment. AC Entertainment has teamed up with C3 Presents, the company behind Lollapalooza, to bring hard rock to the 700-acre Bonnaroo site in October.

According to festival organizers, exit 111 is expected to draw about half the crowds that Bonnaroo draws. With Bonnaroo’s attendance this year estimated at 80,000, that means exit 111 could attract around 40,000 hard rock enthusiasts to Manchester this weekend.

Tickets for the festival went on sale in late April, including VIP and platinum packages. According to festival officials, $2 from every ticket sold will be donated to charity. Of this $2 donation, $1 per ticket will be donated to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). The other dollar will be donated to local charities, although the recipients have not been determined.

Bonnaroovians who also frequent Exit 111 will no doubt recognize the grounds as the same farm they visit in June, but Exit 111 will be a smaller festival than Bonnaroo. Exit 111 will only have three stages out of Bonnaroo’s five main stages. The festival will also differentiate itself by offering an automobile show, freestyle motocross demonstrations, a sports bar and performances by the adult circus Paranormal Cirque.

According to the festival’s website, the Mega Sports Bar will feature many events for sports fans on the 20,000 square foot site, including football, baseball, hockey, soccer and more. The Mega Sports Bar will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Red Bull Motocross Experience has several demos scheduled throughout the festival, including two on Friday and three on Saturday and Sunday.

The car show will be located in the northwest part of the festival grounds,

The festival will also “salute a military rockstar” each day of the festival to show appreciation to all men and women serving in the United States military, as well as firefighters, police and emergency medical services.

Thirty-one food vendors will be on hand during the festival, including the must-try Bonnaroo Spicy Pie, Bearclaw Coffee and Humpty’s Dumplings.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. Thursday to allow campers to settle in for the weekend.

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