Outdoor concert festivals are popping up all over the country. No matter what your musical preference is, there is somewhere and somehow you can get your music festival fix. Bonnaroo, one of the biggest names in musical festivals, has been around since 2002 and draws thousands of people to the farmland of Tennessee each summer to give fans the best music experience around.
With over 150 bands spanning over 10 different stages on the Farm of Bonnaroo, it would be tough to not find someone you love after you leave the festival. If you’re a newbie like me, finding your niche, and preparing as much as possible will be the easiest way to get the most out of your Bonnaroo experience.
However, Bonnaroo is not just an expensive music festival, Bonnaroo with it’s rich history is also an arts festival, a comedy stop and a lover of all things local.
“A really good time”: The history.
The word Bonnaroo literally means “a really good time”, and the founders of Bonnaroo have built a brand, and a loving fan base on that very mantra. Although Bonnaroo continues to grow each year, bringing in even bigger headliners each time, the 16 years of history Bonnaroo brings is rich and important. Started by the production company Superfly Productions, or four college-debt ridden students in 2002, the festival itself has grown from small local names to one of the biggest festivals in the country.
If you’re like me, concerts are a huge part of your summer, but music festivals like Bonnaroo feel a bit intimidating. The drive, the camping, the parking- but luckily Bonaroo understands this, and wants their fans to find a home at their beloved festival. With an entire page on their website dedicated to newbies to the festival, Bonnaroo works to prepare every newcomer for their time at Bonnaroo.
Headlining this year’s show includes U2, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper , along with many more, and chances are, if you’re shelling out the 300+ bucks to attend this 4-day concert, you’re already a fan of quite a few of the artists. Fortunately, with over 150 bands to listen to at the festival, you get to experience new sounds and artists. Bonnaroo has teamed up with Spotify and created a “Bonnaroo 2017” playlist for you to discover and get accustomed to some of the artists that will be attending the show.
If you like the sound of a new artist so much, Consequence of Sound has also compiled a list of any other shows the artists of Bonnaroo are playing around the country this year, giving you another opportunity for a road trip this summer.
Let’s get crafty
Not only is Bonnaroo a musical festival, Bonnaroo is secondly an arts and crafts festival. Bonnaroo, with their own historic “landmarks”, like the “wall”, for the visitors to tag and express their creativity, they also host local vendors, artisans and cooks, and even feature their own on-site magazine, in their attempt to reach all realms of local music and arts, bringing all aspects together in one giant festival.
Get a laugh in
In true fashion, a lover-of-all-arts festival like Bonnaroo, couldn’t forget about the comedy world. So if you’re a lover of stand-up, Bonnaroo is also your place to sneak in a few laughs in between shows. With 13 different comedians taking the stage at Bonnaroo’s Comedy Tent, you really can experience as much as possible during your time at festival. With names like 2 Dope Queens and Hannibal Buress, catching a stand-up show one evening is just one of the endless things you can do on your long weekend at The Farm.