The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is celebrating 20 years on the farm after having to outright cancel last year’s show due to the pandemic. They’ve come out of the gates in a big way this year with one of the deepest lineups in recent memory.
The internet likes to complain about lineups for these types of shows. The reality is, you’re not going to be able to recreate the magic of a Tom Petty headlining set in 2013. Or that time Phish came out of hiatus and played to a capacity crowd back in 2009. For the record that set happened at the same time as a rousing Public Enemy set (and I’m glad we split time between the two).
Having always wanted to make the trip to Manchester Tennessee it took a group of friends celebrating a 30th birthday party to get me south of the Mason Dixon line (thanks Rick!). And I’m glad I got to experience it first hand. First of all, if you can afford the RV option, do it. The heat can be a little rough. But as long as you’re prepared, its doable either way. According to an article from Relix, a new fan transportation system in the campground should make things a little easier for campers.
The bottom line is, this years ‘roo has a little something for everyone. So outside the main headliners, we know Foo Fighters, Lizzo and Tame Impala are going to bring it. Here’s five sets to make sure you don’t miss if you’re planning on going.
Turkuaz w/Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew
Run The Jewels
My Morning Jacket
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
If you’ve never experienced an Andy Frasco gig, you’re missing out. Come with an open mind and get ready to dance. Be sure to check out Andy’s World Saving Podcast when you have a minute, it’s a good listen.
There is much great music to discover at this year’s Bonnaroo. My only complaint is due to the multitude of stages, there is always something good going on. So fans are forced to make tough decisions to decide which acts to see while possibly missing out on other worthy artist. It’s probably best to have a plan going to into the weekend.
Catch Bonnaroo the weekend of September 2-5, 2021.