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Monday, June 8

Festivals 2015: Bonnaroo Preview

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is right around the corner and like thousands of other devote fans we at Grateful Music are extremely eager to get back to what many have come to know as the Farm. From its first year in 2002 this festival has grown and matured into one of the nation’s largest and most eclectic musical experiences available. Marking its 14th year in a row those who have been before know that anything is possible on the Farm and there is no right way or wrong to experience all that is Bonnaroo.

From headlining acts Billy Joel and Mumford & Sons to Deadmau5 and Kendrick Lamar there is something for every person who steps foot on the Farm. Artists that have been touring for years such as Slayer and Earth Wind & Fire take the same stages as bands on the rise like Dopapod and Twiddle. While on other stages once in a life time collaborations in the form of two different super jams, one a throwback dance party and the other a Bluegrass get down. There is also a New Music On Tap Lounge Brewed by Miller Light stage that will showcase new and up & coming artists on the rise including Battle of The Bracket contest winners, Wild Adriatic, whose infectious sound is just one of the many reasons to stop by and check out some new music from what just may become one of your new favorite bands.

Providing world class music is just a small part of what this massive festival offers its fans, with enough going on that one could literally keep themselves pleasantly occupied without even seeing a single musical performance.  From the Comedy Theatre featuring Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts as well as many other comedians to the Bonnaroo Cinema featuring quote along screenings and Q&A’s all weekend long with movies like The Goonies, The Lost Boys and the full Back to The Future Trilogy,” as well as previews of the new FX show “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” featuring Denis Leary and much more. Festival goers can also enjoy a stop at “The Christmas Barn,” a tribute to the legendary bar in New Orleans that brings Christmas to Bonnaroo with lights, reindeer and more featuring sets from several DJ’s and Bands as well as hosting the 2nd Annual Robe Rave on Saturday evening. There is also Splash-A-Roo with a 40 ft. Big Ass Water Slide, ferris wheel and a fountain that all seem to draw fans in day and night throughout the festival.

If you are looking to get some exercise while enjoying your time at Bonnaroo there are several different options available throughout the weekend.  From free yoga classes provided between 9am-12pm Friday- Sunday at select locations throughout the farm to a special Dancercise class at 11am Friday morning located at the Kalliope Stage. On Saturday at 9am the festival will again host the 3rd First Annual Roo Run. The race has a 15 dollar registration fee that goes to the Bonnaroo Works Fund to aid in their support of local and national organizations for the betterment of communities near and far.

Whether you are one of the many who journey each and every year or a first-timer heading down to check out your favorite band or just see what this festival is all about, there is no shortage of entertainment 24 hours a day. With pop up parades traveling throughout the massive camp grounds and eager festival goers looking to make the most of the experience that is Bonnaroo there is a party around every corner and thousands of friends both new and old.  Whether stopping for a beer at one of the over 20 craft breweries, grabbing a bite to eat or simply shopping at one of the hundreds of festival vendors this is a magical 4 day-long celebration of music and arts delivering nothing short of a magical experience regardless of how you choose to spend your Bonnaroo.  
  Words: Chason Heins ©Grateful Music LLC