On October 11, Exit 111 brought generations together in Manchester, Tennessee. And a great time was had by many joining together in camping and music.

Having gone to a few festivals, with one not too long ago, I was incredibly impressed with the ease of getting into the camping spot and having our wristbands. If one thing, I appreciated the most, is having those things in advance on me before arrival.

Exit 111 Camping

As a teenager during the late 80’s and early 90’s I couldn’t fathom going to concerts, let alone festivals and found myself missing out on some of the great ones during that time, such as Anthrax, Cheap Trick, Guns’n’Roses and a few others – but let me just tell you how excited I was to see that those two bands were on the list to play at Exit 111.

It was a bit challenging to pick and choose which band we wanted to see between the 3 stages during the 2.5 days. On Friday we opted for Anthrax, and Killswitch Engage, and catching parts of Slayer, Black Label Society, 10 Years and Seether.

Saturday also presented itself with a bit of “OH MY GOSH” I don’t know which I want to see more. We started off with Alien Weaponry, Fever 333, Nothing More, Gorjia but that meant we missed out on Power Trip, Whitechapel, New Years Day, and only catching bits of Mastadon and Cheap Trick.

Sunday, we kicked it off with Tetrarch, From Ashes to New, catching some of Thrice and Alter Bridge before heading to see Skillet and then catching a break for dinner. Sadly we missed out on Of Mice and Men, Ministry, Lamb of God and the Deftones.

Some of these definitely came down to crossing off my living list to see, while others are my current top faves and I had not seen before or I had seen them but wanted to see them again.

Exit 111 Lit up sign

The one downfall was that there was only one merchandise tent, making the lines incredibly long and therefore no merch was bought. Food was reasonable but we opted to not purchase drinks within the festival due to pricing – I always go for camping for reasons.

And yes, the experience was amazing and I am looking forward to seeing how they will (hopefully) top that next year. But let me also point out that Exit 111 was on a mission to saving lives.

Not only did they highlight service members each day and acknowledged those serving this country, but they created awareness around suicide. Shaun Morgan from Seether played an acoustic set – and the whole event was given money back to prevention and awareness.

I am hoping to hear that they’ll be back next year – bridging the cap of generations with music and supporting causes in their endeavor.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

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Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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