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Bonnaroo organizers introduce new festival
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Axl Rose, shown during a concert at Nissan Stadium in Nashville in July 2016, will headline the inaugural Exit 111 Festival with his band, Guns N’ Roses. The festival will be held in Manchester in October. - photo by James Clark

Manchester is going to be rockin’ this fall.

The organizers of Bonnaroo have announced the lineup of a new event, the Exit 111 Festival, to be held at the 700-acre Bonnaroo site Oct. 11-13.

Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard and Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the inaugural festival that boasts a heavy-metal, hard-rock edge.

Named for the Manchester exit on Interstate 24, the new festival with have a much different bent than Bonnaroo.

Other artists include Seether, Megadeth, Black Label Society, ZZ Top, Ghost, Mastodon, Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Lamb of God and Ministry.

Speed metal band Slayer, one of the first to introduce wild screaming into the music industry, is in the lineup in what’s said to be its last-ever concert in Tennessee.

Guns N’ Roses performed in Nashville in July 2016 at Nissan Stadium to swarms of fans. ZZ Top previously performed at Bonnaroo.

Weekend passes and single-day tickets for Exit 111 go on sale April 25. The festival will also include a car show, motocross demos, a sports bar, and the adult circus Paranormal Cirque.

Meanwhile Bonnaroo gets underway June 13 with Phish, Childish Gambino and Post Malone as headliners.