TVD Recommends: Ink-N-Iron Festival, 8/6–8/9 (Now with TVD & vinyl!)

280 tattoo artists. 80+ bands. 1 DJ. Those are the stats for the inaugural Music City Ink-N-Iron Festival, August 6-9, 2015. We’re proud to announce that the lone DJ is our own TVD Nashville editor, Tim Hibbs.

DJ Tim will be spinning hardcore honky tonk, screaming blues, multi-generational punk, deep Southern soul, real deal rockabilly and more, all on original pressing 45s and LPs. So, in addition to hot rods/kustom cars, live music, burlesque, art, ’20s-’50s fashion, and the World Renowned Tattoo Convention, there will be representation for the ultimate music format.

The festival will have four stages and you can check the lineups here. Tim will be spinning before and in between sets, so make sure you come up and say “hey.” Of particular note is the artist roster for Thursday’s kickoff show, which includes The Quebe Sisters, Asleep at the Wheel, Hayes Carll, and a special two-hour show from the legendary Merle Haggard.

Tim’s schedule is as follows:
Amphitheatre Stage, Thursday, 8/6, 4-9pm
Amphitheatre Stage, Friday, 8/7, 4-9pm
Tiki/Gretsch Stage, Saturday, 8/8, 10-7pm
Amphitheatre Stage, Sunday, 8/9, 5-9pm

Of course, this bill has prompted Tim to tell everyone he’s opening for Merle Haggard. Not really, eh, but then again—sorta? We’ll leave him to his delusions. As long as he doesn’t get on Merle’s fightin’ side, everything should work out fine.

Ink-N-Iron promises to be one of the biggest and most varied cultural experiences to hit Nashville in recent memory. Whether you can make one day or all four, please don’t miss this truly unique event or you may find yourself screwed, blued, and untattooed.

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