Pilgrimage Forced to Cancel Final Day of Festival Due to Severe Weather

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Jack White on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on May 4, 2018.

Jack White, Lionel Richie, Hozier and more didn't get the chance to take the stage at this year's Pilgrimage Festival, as the event saw an early end to Saturday (Sept. 22)'s programming and a full-on cancelation for Sunday (Sept. 23) due to gloomy weather.    

The festival -- which takes place in Miley Cyrus and Kesha's shared hometown of Franklin, Tenn. -- canceled the remainder of Saturday's performances after thunder started rumbling nearby. A whopping 69 lightning strikes were recorded in the area, and production initially cleared its schedule of Sunday's performances as a safety precaution when the rain didn't let up.

"Due to the unsafe conditions at Harlinsdale Farm and the threat of continued inclement weather, city officials have declared that September 23rd’s event has been cancelled," the Pilgrimage website reads. "As always, your safety is our first and foremost priority. Thank you again for your patience and support. Please continue to monitor the Pilgrimage app and our social media channels for more info."

White, Richie and Chris Stapleton were billed as 2018's Pilgrimage headliners; in previous years, Justin Timberlake returned to his homestate to headline the festival.

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