Bonnaroo 2014: A Preview of The Farm
Each year Bonnaroo attracts people of all ages from countless places. Named after the album Destively Bonnaroo by legendary New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John, Bonnaroo literally means “a really good time,” and with the sheer musical talent they gather each year, it’s pretty difficult to disagree. By its second year (2003), it was named one of the top 50 moments in rock & roll by Rolling Stone. Bonnaroo 2014 promises to live up to and beyond its name: a fantastic, magical, memories-that-flash-in-your-head-for-years-and-still-make-you-beam kind of time. Bonnaroo is camaraderie, freely expressing difference but still belonging. It’s rock & roll. It’s freedom and openness.
“Be Free” – Bonnaroo 2013 Recap by Human Being.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will take place from June 12-15th on The Farm in Manchester, TN. The festival will feature headliners like Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Frank Ocean, Disclosure, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bobby Womack, The Flaming Lips, and The Avett Brothers. There are simply too many amazing artists to name. Superjams will be Skrillex and friends, The Bluegrass Situation hosted by Ed Helms, and a third to be announced. Always eclectic, the festival will feature a broad spectrum: classic rock, hip-hop, bluegrass, a range of EDM, blues, indie rock, soul, and even Sufi trance music (check out The Master Musicians of Jajouka). This playlist will give you a taste of the variety.
The music, however, is merely one element of this massive festival, bursting at the seams with positivity, creativity, and social consciousness and responsibility. What gives Bonnaroo its glowing draw is of course the music, but it’s much bigger than the music; it’s the people, their passions, and their drive to make the world a more vibrant place while having a really good time.
Bonnaroo is home to the Bonnaroo Works Fund. Started in 2009, the fund seeks to make communities healthier in areas of the arts, education, and environmental sustainability. The festival will begin a wall this year to recognize those who contributed $100 or more to the fund. Bonnaroo also has a goal to become the greenest festival with the help of Clean Vibes, and encourages and teaches sustainable habits. ‘Roo hosts an eco and social-activism village called Planet Roo. Promoting a socially responsible lifestyle, even the performance stage in Planet Roo is powered by solar panels, and you can learn how to grow your own garden at the Bonnaroo Victory Garden.
CONTESTS & CREATIVITY
This year, Bonnaroo is looking for its Funkiest Dancer, and the grand prize is a performance on the main stage. The festival also held a contest (now closed) to have three artists’ Bonnaroo-themed installations hanging in the Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tennessee. ‘Roo also is asking artists of any background to submit their best designs for Bonnaroo’s merchandise.
POSITIVITY & A REALLY GOOD TIME
To enhance the ‘Roo experience, the festival hosts smaller, more intimate music performances: the New Music On Tap Lounge, the Sonic Stage, found in the Sonic Village in CenterRoo, the Solar Stage, and a Silent Disco tent. The festival will also have a: salon, beer festival (Broo’ers Festival), food truck oasis, poster art exhibit, comedy theater, cinema, on-site newspaper, and The Academy, where you can learn anything from hooping to reducing your carbon footprint. For more information on these activities, click here.
Bonnaroo loves its Bonnaroovians, and pushes to get as many involved as possible, in as many ways as possible. Last year, Bonnaroo asked fans to submit footage they took while at the festival. Later, they released a fan-sourced short documentary of the Bonnaroo experience. Check it out:
There is an unspoken, intangible bond of companionship at Bonnaroo that many have tried to describe, but the best solution is go and experience it for yourself! Tickets are on sale now here for $284.50, plus applicable service fees. If you’re tight on funds, Bonnaroo offers a payment plan. If you’re not a fan of completely roughing it, check out the VIP experience and glamping options – you can rent basic or tricked out tents, RVs, or hotel rooms (plus a shuttle).
Grab your ticket – The Farm is calling!