This year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival has come and passed, with 90,000 hot and sweaty individuals participating in the music festival’s tenth anniversary. Its lineup spanned across the entire musical spectrum, from the Grammy-winning alternative rock of [lastfm]Arcade Fire[/lastfm], to the progressive metal of [lastfm]Opeth[/lastfm], to the rap/hip-hop of [lastfm]Lil Wayne[/lastfm], determined to have a little something for everybody.
We’ve been following the ‘Roo all weekend, and here of some of the highlight performances from the fest:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Thursday at Bonnaroo is all about the buzzbands and up-and-comers, and Day 1 gave the smaller acts some time in the spotlight. Bigger name indie-rock acts such as [lastfm]The Walkmen[/lastfm], [lastfm]Twin Shadow[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Best Coast[/lastfm] performed to frenzied crowds of fans in some of the larger tents. [lastfm]Deerhunter[/lastfm] played a midnight set with a gigantic audience ready to prove that Thursday really is the new Friday.
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Bonnaroo artists brought the heat (and dust) to the fest on Friday, with heavyweights such as the [lastfm]The Decemberists[/lastfm], [lastfm]NOFX[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Ratatat[/lastfm] keeping the party going all day long.
Woman-fronted acts such as [lastfm]Florence + the Machine[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Grace Potter and the Nocturnals[/lastfm] rocked their sets, and former [lastfm]Outkast[/lastfm] member [lastfm]Big Boi[/lastfm] performed his old song “Ms. Jackson” at the request of his fans.
Will Butler of [lastfm]Arcade Fire[/lastfm] (who also performed that evening) summed up the magic of Bonnaroo best when he told his fans, “Any festival where you can see [lastfm]My Morning Jacket[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Lil Wayne[/lastfm] is okay with me!”
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The festivities didn’t slow down for as second as Saturday rolled in, and bands like [lastfm]Alberta Cross[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Portugal. The Man[/lastfm] paved the way for bigger acts such as [lastfm]Whiz Kalifa[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Buffalo Springfield[/lastfm].
Drawing from their recent success at being featured in every movie, commercial, and videogame, [lastfm]The Black Keys[/lastfm] gathered a massive crowd to watch their brand of bare-bones, blues-infused garage rock.
[lastfm]Mumford and Sons[/lastfm], another band with a recent surge in popularity, managed to garner an even bigger crowd than [lastfm]Lil Wayne[/lastfm] had at the same stage on Friday, including a couple of celebrities like Zach Braff and Donald Glover who came to see the bluegrass influenced folk of the band.
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Even after three full days of concerts, comedians, and constant heat, the festivalgoers still weren’t ready to call it quits. The final day’s acts included [lastfm]Cold War Kids[/lastfm], [lastfm]Gregg Allman[/lastfm], [lastfm]G. Love[/lastfm], and the young Chicago-based [lastfm]Smith Westerns[/lastfm].
Many of Sunday’s acts had a more “chill” vibe to them, serving as a great cool down for the weekend. Samuel Beam of [lastfm]Iron & Wine[/lastfm] played his characteristic folk rock and Robert Plant played a set with [lastfm]Band of Joy[/lastfm]. [lastfm]The Strokes[/lastfm] played a subdued show, while frontman and leather jacket aficionado [lastfm]Julian Casablancas[/lastfm] remained quiet on stage (as usual).
By late Sunday, Bonnaroo 2011 had finally begun to wind down. As the crowds cleared and the dust settled, the music festival slowly came to a close. The organizers could add another fantastic year to the Roo’s history of amazing weekends, and as they left the festivalgoers had already started counting down until next year.