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Pilgrimage Fest to have ‘chill spot’ for those with special needs

Local company to provide tent and services for guests

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Franklin-based National Seating & Mobility, the leading provider of complex rehabilitation, mobility and accessibility solutions in the U.S., is partnering with the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival to enhance the festival experience for attendees who have mobility challenges and special needs.  

As the official Americans with Disabilities Act sponsor of Pilgrimage, NSM is underwriting the ADA platforms around performance stages. The company will also introduce and staff the “chill spot,” an ADA-compliant and sensory-friendly air-conditioned tent for individuals with disabilities and their companions. Waves, a local organization serving adults and kids with developmental disabilities, will assist in staffing the tent. 

“This is an opportunity in our own backyard to provide a service that will not only help this festival become more accessible but to also provide a welcoming environment allowing music lovers with special needs to rest up, recharge and fully enjoy the Pilgrimage experience,” said Bill Mixon, CEO of NSM.  

The tent will include comfortable seating, a private changing area, refreshments and a recharging station. Brentwood-based Kirkland’s is providing the furniture and decor for the tent.  

“Our festival has always been sensitive to the needs of the ADA community,” said Brandt Wood, Pilgrimage Festival co-founder. “Thanks to NSM, we are able to take this to a new level in 2019. Their support makes our festival even more attractive to the special needs community and we are grateful to have them on board.” 

To access the platforms and tent, qualified festivalgoers will need to check in at the access center at the main information booth. The center will be staffed by Ten Fifty Entertainment, a consulting company that works with events such as Pilgrimage to ensure ADA compliance.  

The Pilgrimage Festival, celebrating its fifth year, is set for Sept. 21-22 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, The Killers, Keith Urban, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, +LIVE+, Jenny Lewis, Lauren Daigle and more. For more information on the festival and accessibility, visit www.pilgrimagefestival.com.

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