Concert Dates & Hours
August 18, 2018
4:00pm — Camping Area Opens
7:00pm — Concert Entrance Gate Opens
FREE CAMPING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT ONLY.
Camp Sites Open at 4:00pm
There will be a limited number of primitive sites (tents only, no showers) available for this show. Camp sites are first-come, first-served. Campers must be packed up and off the property by 10:00am the following Sunday morning. Brushy Mtn Group reserves the right to eject any camper(s) at any time for inappropriate behavior or violation of any other rules.
The concert stage and viewing areas are located behind the main prison wall. Yes, the same area known as “The Yard” where Tennessee’s most hardened criminals used to spend time, and you’ll be behind the same wall James Earl Ray climbed to escape.
When you arrive you must present a valid ID and your ticket before entering.
Where is Brushy located?
9182 Highway 116, Petros, TN 37845
The Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is located in Petros, TN. Brushy is about 16 miles from Oak Ridge, 40 miles from Knoxville, 83 miles from Chattanooga, and 150 miles from Nashville.
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What to pack?
Be prepared. If you’re going to camp be sure to bring everything you need. The location is relatively remote, so running to Wal-Mart to pick up something you forgot isn’t going to happen.
- Tent and everything that goes with it.
- Sleeping bags and/or beds
- Cooler with ice
- A few gallons of water
- Lantern/flashlight/headlamp (AND extra batteries!)
- Water bottles
- Chairs and anything to make for a comfortable experience
- Rain gear — for some reason, as soon as you forget it, it will rain
- Comfortable shoes — it's a huge place, so you will be walking (a lot)
- Bug spray (it is the south after all)
- Suncreen (it is the south after all)
- Hat for shade, or you can buy one from our awesome gift shop
- Trash bags (We don't mind picking up bags. The rest, not so much.)
- Toilet paper (never a bad idea)
- Extra car/truck keys — more than one set is never a bad idea
Will ATMs be available?
No. If you need cash, we advise bringing it.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
YES. THIS SHOW IS 18 YRS AND OLDER
What can/can't I bring?
Everyone on-site, all of their belongs and vehicles are subject to search upon entry. The list below will help you know what you can and cannot bring onto the Brushy Mountain grounds.
YES Alcohol Read Our Alcohol Policy
YES Point and shoot cameras/cameras with detachable lens less than 2" long
YES Tents and everything required to put your tent up
YES Radios, just be mindful of your neighbors
NO Portable Camping Grill Read Our Policy
NO Generator Read Our Policy
NO Kegs Read Our Policy
NO Firearms, Knives, or Weapons OF ANY KIND
NO Illegal Substances
NO Bicycles or any other 2-wheeled transportation device
NO Professional cameras (with detachable lenses longer than 2")
NO Pets (even really, really tiny ones that tend to be yappers)
NO Glow Sticks
NO Box trucks/trailers Read Our Policy
NO Laser pens or similar focused light device
NO Vending (Sharing, yes. Selling, no.)
NO Motorized Tools
YES One (1) Original Sealed Water Bottle (smaller than 1L, please)
YES Clear Bags made of clear plastic or clear vinyl which do not exceed 20" x 15" x 9"
YES Waist Pack, Fanny Packs, or Similar
YES Small Clutch Bags up to 4.5" x 5.5"
YES Empty Hydration Packs with a gear capacity of 2.5L/150 cubic inches with no more than two front pockets (i.e., water bladder + 2 additional front pockets). No larger than 20" x 15" x 9".
YES Lawn Chair (less than a foot off the ground)
YES Point and shoot cameras / cameras with detachable lens less than 2" long
NO Totems (you know, those silly signs on poles that get in other peoples way)
NO Food/Drinks, other than water and small snack (Trail mix, yes. Double cheeseburger, no)
NO Selfie Sticks, Go Pro Sticks, Tripods
NO Outside Alcohol (Alcohol will be sold in venue)
NO Chairs that sit higher than 1 foot off the ground
NO Anything that's prohibited elsewhere on festival grounds
ALL ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Can I drive my car in and park?
Yes. Parking on-site will be available for $10 per automobile.
Exit & Re-entry
There will be NO RE-ENTRY. If you leave you will have to purchase another ticket to come back inside the concert venue.
Lost & Found
Let’s face it, sometimes when we’re having fun we lose things. It happens so don’t panic. The Lost & Found area can be found in the old LAUNDRY BUILDING. The nice thing about that building, you’ll walk right past it coming into the concert venue and once again when you’re exiting after the concert is over.
Security & Medical Services
We'll do our best to make sure everyone is safe during the show. On-site security and emergency medical staff will be available during the show day. If you need any assistance, go to the nearest Medical Tent, or ask any Brushy staff member for assistance.
Arrival Tips & Patience
Just like the law enforcement officers in your hometown, our police expect you to obey the highway safety laws, and they’re prepared to enforce them. They’re especially strict about open container violations, so think, do you really want to start the weekend behind bars? After all you’re headed to a decommissioned prison to have fun. You don’t want to end up in an active prison not having fun and ending up with a very unflattering nickname.
Please stay in your car, especially when you’re waiting in line to enter the Brushy grounds. Brushy used to be a very unfriendly place. It’s a super friendly place now so don’t ruin for yourself, your friends and everyone else. Besides, someone might post your shenanigans to social media and the world will know what a fool you can be. Don’t cut in line. It’s a concert, and lines are inevitable, so be prepared to deal with it like you live in the greatest place in the galaxy.
Dealing with Traffic
Fill up your tank before getting in line to enter the festival. There are gas stations close, but you don’t want to lose your place. Use the restroom before you arrive. There are no bathrooms in line of cars. Pack something to snack on and nonalcoholic beverages (see arrival tip #1). Listen to your favorite band, play some trivia and be patient. You’re about to be in a super cool place that only criminals used to experience. You’ll be on-site soon enough.
Parking your car/truck will be about as easy as it gets. Once you arrive and pay for parking ($10) you’ll be directed by our super friendly parking folks to a spot that’s just right.
Am I allowed to camp in the grounds with a van or RV?
No. Only tents are allowed in the designated camping areas.
Can I bring instruments?
No. We'll have all of the entertainment you'll need on a huge stage for several hours.
Can I bring a radio or Bluetooth speaker?
Yes. But be very mindful of those around you. While you might like a loud Bluetooth speaker kicking a little Jimmy Buffet at 3am, we’re quite positive your neighbors won’t.
Can I have a campfire?
No. Open flames will not be permitted within the campgrounds or anywhere on the Brushy site.
What is your vehicle policy?
RVs are not allowed for this specific show. Maybe for the next one, but not this one.
Motorcycles are cool, but please no funny stuff like revving motors, burnouts or impersonations of Evil Knievel. We’ll have designated area just for you to park your sweet ride.
OTHER VEHICLES THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED INCLUDE:
All bicycles or scooters, Segways, Pocket Bikes, skateboards, etc…
What is your alcohol policy in the camping area?
Each person may bring in 1 case of beer (24 cans), 1.75 liter of hard liquor (no glass), and 1 boxes of wine. Anything over this amount is considered “excessive” and will be confiscated. No kegs are allowed in the campgrounds.
Will there be food vendors and/or a general store in the campgrounds?
No. There will not be any food vendors or alcohol sold in the camping area. There will be food trucks in the concert venue area as well as vendors selling beer.
Will there be electrical outlets? Wi-Fi?
No to electrical outlets and no to Wi-Fi. There is limited cell service unless you’re on AT&T. For some strange reason AT&T placed a huge cell tower right outside the Brushy gates.
Do I have to sleep in a tent?
Nope. You can sleep in your car, sleeping bag on the ground under the stars or in a cardboard box. It’s up to you. The last thing anyone wants is you drinking and driving after the show.
What is your gasoline/propane/charcoal policy?
We are NOT allowing gas powered anything. This includes generators, chain saws, radios (if they exist), toothbrushes, you get the idea…
Additionally we are not allowing propane grills or any other kind of fire in the camping area. This policy may change for future shows, but for this show we’re simply not allowing it.
Will there be bathrooms and showers?
Yes, there will be port-a-johns.
No, there will not be showers.