Since 2015, AC Entertainment has been announcing its interest in using Great Stage Park for more than just Bonnaroo.
In 2017, AC Entertainment’s Jeff Cuellar said to the Manchester Rotary Club that more events were “going to happen.” Two years later, AC Entertainment made it happen.
For the first time, heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll are coming to Manchester in the form of a three-day music festival. Exit 111, named after the I-24 exit used to enter Great Stage Park, will be held Oct. 11-13.
C3 Presents, the company behind Lollapalooza, is working with AC Entertainment to produce the festival.
The October festival is expected to bring in a large crowd, but Cuellar predicts it will be smaller than Bonnaroo.
“It is hard to compare the two because they are drastically different events, but yes, looking at just the number of patrons, it will be less than half of Bonnaroo,” he said.
To compare it to 2019’s estimated festival attendance, that means fewer than 40,000 people. Tier one general admission tickets are still available, but VIP and Platinum options have gone to tier two pricing, meaning the first batch of those tickets are sold out.
As for benefiting local organizations, that initiative is in its early stages.
“We are working with Spectrum (our concessionaire) on having a program in place for Exit 111 as we do for Bonnaroo that would help benefit local organizations but I do not have any details yet as we are still working on it,’ said AC Entertainment’s Community Engagement and Festival Relations representative Brad Parker.
The Times will continue to follow the festival and will be providing more information in the future.
Exit 111 will feature musical artists on three stages from Friday through Sunday. The headlining act for each day is listed first. Times and locations of each show will be released closer to the festival.
Friday, Oct. 11: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer (last Tennessee show ever), Seether, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, The Cadillac Three, 10 Years, Bishop Gunn, Kyle the Sword) and Watermox.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Ghost, Mastodon, Gojira, Cheap Trick, Blackberry Smoke, Nothing More, Sleeping with Sirens, Whitechapel, Power Trip, Fever 333, Graveyard, New Years Day, Alien Weaponry, Dead Sara, Them Evils and Astronoid.
Sunday, Oct. 13: Guns ‘N’ Roses, Deftone, Coheed and Cambria, Lamb of God, Alter Bridge, Ministry, Skillet, Of Mice and Men, Thrice, From Ashes to New, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Plague Vendor, Dirty Honey, Tetrarch and O’Brother.
In addition to the lineup, there will be daily freestyle motocross shows sponsored by Red Bull, multiple performances by The Paranormal Cirque, a mega sports bar, a car show and more.
Prices do not include shipping and handling and all tickets include a $2 donation to charity – of that, $1 will be donated to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE).
General admission at tier one for a three day pass is $189.
A four-pack of general admission tickets and a car pass is priced at $676 at tier one. Separate vehicle passes are available during checkout.
The VIP package (three days) bundles musical and non-musical acts, stage two viewing platforms, free water and energy drinks, preferred pricing at the cash bar on beer and liquor, air conditioned private rooms and a shaded seating lounge. The VIP sales are at tier 2 pricing at the time of publication. VIP costs $595.
Platinum admission ticket (three days) will provide the same as VIP tickets, plus pit access to the Main Stage, reserved seating for stages 2 and 3, dinner buffet and snacks, reserved seating for the Paranormal Circus and golf cart transportation from stage to stage. Platinum tickets are at tier 2 pricing as well, at $1,625 per ticket.
A three-day military pass costs $159 at tier one and offers the same perks as general admission tickets.
Single day options are also available as well - $89 for general admission, $299 for VIP and $799 for platinum.
All tickets allow access to every musical performance. All ticket packages allow access to the Mega Sports Bar, the Paranormal Circus, the Exit 111 Car Show, fly overs and skydiving shows and The Red Bull Aaron Colton Street Freestyle Motocross Experience.’
Single day parking passes and weekend parking passes are available as well. Single day costs an additional $35 and weekend parking costs $99.
Tickets can be purchased at www.exit111festival.com/tickets/.
Like Bonnaroo, the festival offers RV camping and regular camping spaces. All camping passes include four nights of parking or camping (Thursday through Sunday), walking privileges between the campgrounds and main festival area, access to restrooms and showers are available at an extra cost.
Car camping provides a 20’x20’ space. Car camping costs $50 on top of the ticket price.
Motorcycle parking pass grants a 15’x10’ campsite. Those with a motorcycle cannot enter before 8 a.m. on Thursday, according to the festival website. Motorcycle camping costs an additional $15
RV camping offers the largest camping space – 20’x50’. Tents can be set up as long as they are within your campsite.
“If you would like to bring a companion car with your RV you may bring one per RV, but that car will need a ‘Car Camping Pass’ of its own and is required to arrive at the same time as the RV,” according to the website.
RV camping costs an additional $250-$800, depending on amp hookups and if there is a companion car.
Campsites cannot be purchases without a vehicle. One campsite is allowed per vehicle.
Exit 111 has partnered with Clean Vibes to provide a clean camping experience. Volunteers will receive free tickets in exchange for 12 hours to volunteer work over the span of two days. For more information, visit cleanvibes.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/ and find Exit 111.