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Opry goes to Bonnaroo

Thursday, May 3, 2018 – The Grand Ole Opry is coming to Bonnaroo.

The long-running music festival in eastern Tennessee will feature performances by Brothers Osborne, Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury, Bobby Bare, LANCO, Riders in the Sky, Nikki Lane and Lucie Silvas on the final day of the festival, June 10.

Their performances are being brought to Bonnaroo by the Opry.

"What's a Farm without some COUNTRY? The @opry is coming to Bonnaroo for a full show..." Bonnaroo posted on Twitter today.

"We're really excited about this incredible opportunity to take the Grand Ole Opry to Bonnaroo," said Sally Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment Group. "In Nashville we host up to six Opry performances a week. Each one showcases 8 to 12 artists ranging from straight ahead country to bluegrass to Americana. I think the diverse, multi-generational shows that we create on a regular basis will really resonate with the Bonnaroo music aficionados."

"Celebrating the rich cultural legacy of Tennessee and the region has been an important part of the Bonnaroo experience from the beginning," said Ashley Capps, President, AC Entertainment. "It's hard to imagine anything more iconic and exciting in that regard than the Grand Ole Opry...it's like the ultimate...a profoundly historic moment for all of us at Bonnaroo and something we'll be talking about - and building upon - for years to come."

The festival, held in Manchester, Tenn., will be held June 7-10. Headliners include Muse, Eminem and The Killers.

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