Bonnaroo Music Festival: The Best Vibe of Any Mainstream Music Festival
Ever since it launched in 2002, Bonnaroo immediately earned its reputation as one of America’s destination festivals (even if that destination was in the middle of rural Tennessee). It’s the home of folk and jam band culture––the shaggier, homier alternative to the hipsters of Coachella.
It’s music festival time, and since then, Bonnaroo has moved itself from the high-profile multi-day music festival that it is, to now a more low-key yet still up-played music adventure.
The difference between Bonnaroo and many other festivals is that it wasn’t your ordinary festival where you just go to an amphitheatre to listen to music. You live in a tent, frolicking through the woods, and stay up for sets that ended at 3 a.m. It was really an excursion, more than it is a concert.
The lineup this year is phenomenal, with three very prominent, yet also very unique from each other, headliners such as Eminem, The Killers, and Muse. All who are known to put on great shows. Among the star-studded list of performers: Paramore, Future, Bon Ever, Due Lipa, Khalid, Anderson .Paak, Daniel Caesar, and more.
Who doesn’t want to see “Mr. Brightside” performed live by the musically inspiring rock band of all time, The Killers?
A lot of people claim that Bonnaroo is a festival that is in search of an identity. It doesn’t want to just be another festival that becomes over-saturated and over-invested in, and the music festival bubble is quite a dangerous one. Bonnaroo is moving in the right direction, but isn’t all the way there yet. The music festival world is cut-throat, but Bonnaroo survives because it is part of a very wholesome goal to turn the druggy, shady rural of Tennessee into a music destination.
If you’re looking for a music festival that isn’t overhyped and overly pretentious, this might just be the one for you.