By day four of Bonnaroo, things can either go two ways, you can break down by the lack of sleep, over-exposure to sun, poor diet, lack of showering, and too much beer and drugs for one to handle, or you can realize that there’s still one day left of amazing music in their hippie utopian oasis where everything is good. We thankfully chose the latter but could’ve easily gone either way. There were still a handful of amazing bands playing throughout the day on Sunday, even though most of us were up until 6am at the 90s Rave in the Christmas DJ Barn.
A solid indie rock band, AWOLNATION really found a way to captivate the audience playing on the Which Stage mid-afternoon on Sunday. On tour in support of their recent album Run most of their 14-song set came from the new album. Sporting some stylish button downs, members of the band found that cool rock and roll mix of style and charisma to help keep things light hearted and fun.
With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding some of the other artists throughout the weekend of Bonnaroo, Spoon was able to slide on in and throw a party in their own right. Helping close things on the final night, the veteran Austin, Texas rock band helped those wandering over to the main stage to get an early seat for Florence rock out to two decades of their rock and roll catalog. Having established a dedicated fan base over the years, the set included favorites such as “I Turn My Camera On” and “Inside Out.”
Florence + The Machine
One of the most highly anticipated sets of the entire festival belonged to none other than the British Goddess Florence Welch. There were a lot of un-answered questions going into the set for sure, how was her broken leg holding up? How would her set differ from the weekend prior at Gov Ball? Would she live up to all the hype? She and her band answered all the questions without any doubt, as her short, but amazing one-hour set was filled with Florence running all over the stage and into the pit and audience like a mad women.
Opening her set with “What The Water Gave Me,” she quickly went into fan favorites, including the first single off her new album in the pulsating “Ship To Wreck” followed by “Shake It Out,” “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up),” and a perfectly haunting cover of Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing.” Including “Queen of Peace” and “What Kind of Man” into the middle, she ended with the entire What Stage lawn dancing as she closed out with “Dog Days Are Over.” It truly was one of the best sets of the festival and one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
Led Zeppelin has been one of my favorite bands of all time. So getting a chance to see Robert Plant, even if James Page and Johnny Paul Jones weren’t accompanying him was still pretty amazing. The greatest living frontman in the history of rock still knows how to lead a rock band to put on a great set. The set may have been short (only 11 songs) but damn there was some amazing music played including a lot of Zeppelin favorites. The band opened up with “The Wanton Song,” and covered hits including The Space Shifters unique versions of “Black Dog,” “Going To California,” “The Lemon Song,” “Dazed & Confused.” Plant finished out the set with a fiery version of “Whole Lotta Love,” which had the entire crowd, including yours truly in pure extasy and bliss. Mr. Plant still swings the rock and roll hammer of the Gods.
Article: Tom Shackleford
Photos: Merissa Blitz