Yeah Okay, You’re Right: So it’s less than a month away now, and we’ve not said a word about it (yo, things got hectic around here!), but we’re still very excited for the ‘roo. You probably already know what Bonnaroo is, but on the off-chance you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past 11 years, there’s a huge music festival that’s about to happen on a lovely farm in Manchester, Tennessee from June 7th through the 10th. For a long weekend, music fans flood the small Tennessee town and camp out so they can watch a variety of both new and established acts from around the world.
Last year was Bonnaroo’s tenth anniversary, a big event for any music festival, but there’s still a lot to get excited about for year 11. Of course, there are the headliners: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a reunited Phish, live acts who consistently deliver great festival performances. But if that’s all you went for, you’d be missing out — there are more artists playing than you can shake a stick at (though we’re not sure who’s doing all this stick shaking, be careful you’ll put an eye out). Extremely special appearances dot the festival, too, like The Beach Boys with Brian Wilson and punk legends Bad Brains. Honestly, there’s so much music packed into this 4-day festival that we can’t even begin to sum it up, so click here and have a look.
Even with all the great bands playing, Bonnaroo isn’t just music: on any given day at the Roo, there are plenty of stimulating, intriguing, exciting or down-right-hilarious things to do. Oh, hey, I notice you suddenly tuned in when I said ‘hilarious’ — ok, well, good because the air-conditioned comedy tent has returned, featuring Aziz Ansari, Steven Wright, Judah Friedlander, and many others. Also, making a new addition to the festival is the globalFEST tent. If the bands at This Tent, That Tent, The Other Tent, Which Stage and What Stage aren’t enough for you, you can check out live appearances from some of the best world music out there and get your international groove on. If you need to relax, you can chill out in the also air conditioned film tent (a necessity in the hot June sun) or head over to the Broo’ers Festival to enjoy a collection of beers from 20 different microbreweries.
Are you stoked for this yet? We haven’t even scratched the surface, and that’s one of the best parts of Bonnaroo: all the surprises that are always in store.
For 2012, Loudersoft will be bringing you the all-new Transmissions From Planet Louderoo, a compendium of daily recaps, photos and interesting soundbites collected from artists and festivalgoers, and we hope to run into you there (if you can find us). Ticket prices are already on the last tier, but think about it — $250 is a small price to pay for a full weekend of nonstop music and general craziness. (You can still get your tickets here, but hurry! It will definitely sell out.)
And look, we know times are iLL: if you can’t afford to go, or you’re just too busy this year, the good folks at Bonnaroo have partnered with YouTube to create Bonnaroo365, an ideal way to bring many of the performances and festivities to your computer screen. We’ve got to give the organizers props on this one for taking care of the many fans who can’t make it, and as a way of saying thanks for checking them out, they’re offering My Morning Jacket‘s Bonnaroo 2011 performance in it’s entirety until May 15th! Click here to check it out.
June is almost here, holy crap! We can’t wait to cover the music fest in all its sweaty glory, and if you’re just dying to go but can’t afford a ticket, you could always try to air guitar your way into 2 free VIP Passes, courtesy of My Morning Jacket!
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