Bonnaroo or bust: A guaranteed good time for all
Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
Bonnaroo has the best lineup out of any other festival this summer, hands down. I am beyond excited to attend it in a few short weeks as the kick-off to my summer, immediately after finals, June 7-10. So much so that I am willing to endure the blistering southern sun for a weekend of amazing music. The incredibly diverse four-day festival is located on a spacious 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn.
What’s most exciting is that at Bonnaroo I will see a multitude of my favorite musicians for the very first time.
It’s possible that I may actually die of happiness after seeing Phish, especially if they play “Prince Caspian.” I have been waiting years for the right opportunity to see them live. And luckily Bonnaroo is presenting me with that opportunity in the form of four magical hours of jam band bliss. The feeling of also seeing Dispatch for the first time is similar.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are sure to put on an incredible rock show. I’ve been listening to them religiously since I inherited “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” from my sister when I was in middle school.
I’m going to literally melt when I hear the soulful voice of Justin Vernon, of the popular indie band Bon Iver. It will be a mellow but emotionally raw performance to help close out the unbelievable weekend of music Sunday night.
There are also many bands that I have already seen live and I am thrilled to see again. I saw Tune-Yards at Pitchfork last summer and was amazed by her stage presence. The upbeat music combined with her sunny personality put a huge smile on my face.
The toughest decision I will face at Bonnaroo is whether or not I will miss some of Umphrey’s McGee’s two-hour set to check out Flying Lotus. Though I have seen Umphrey’s live more than 20 times, each performance is always so different, so I don’t want to miss any of it.
On the other hand, I’ve only seen talented music-producer Steven Ellison, also known as Flying Lotus, once. He played at North Coast in 2010, and it was one of my favorite acts of the entire weekend. I know I should probably switch it up, but I would probably have to be dragged away from my favorite band kicking in screaming in order to do so.
Bonnaroo has even more than just awesome music to see. The festival grounds will also have a 24-hour cinema, a silent disco and a green trading post, to name a few. Many well-known comedians, like Aziz Ansari and Rhys Darby of Flight of the Conchords, will do stand-up acts throughout the weekend in the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre. Garfunkel and Oates will also be performing, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean Art and John. It’s a duo of singing female comedians Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci.
Whatever you’re in to, Bonnaroo is a guaranteed good time. Just remember to stay hydrated, folks!