In their 15th year on the farm, Bonnaroo is proving once again, why they are the premier festival in the U.S.. Between the friendliness of the staff, the immense availability of amenities and the sheer amount of general happiness of most of the 70,000 people, it’s the happiest pop-up city imaginable. After setting up our campsite and gearing up, we set on our way to catch the coolest acts for y’all to see including Roman Gianarthur, Lolawolf, Hinds, Twin Peaks and Lizzo. While all the acts provided something different – the energy at each of the stages was the same – Massive smiles, high-fives, everybody dancing around, all while plumes of smoke wafted everywhere you could see.
First up at 4:15 was Roman Gianarthur at the “other tent” and he brought it right off the bat with covers of Prince and Hendrix. He’s a master performer with boundless energy and an old-school touch that was a joy to watch and dance to. Roman would end his set with a rousing sing-a-long version of Purple Rain.
Immediately following at the “other tent” was Lolawolf, who’s stoney and trippy vibe let us sway about without a care in the world.
On our way to the next set we were sidetracked for a bit after hearing some really cool country-rock from Quaildogs, after all if you’re in Tennessee, you gotta check out some country music and now are better off from doing so.
Next up on the small sun-drenched “who stage” was Madrid’s finest, Hinds. The quartet are a fun bunch of ladies who have an endearing way about them with their harmonies and sensible pop-rock styling. We will be interviewing Hinds this afternoon, so keep on the lookout for that. Wandering around a bit before the next set enabled us to see some impressive grub from the many food options. Then ate our meal while watching the sunset over the farm, so much win.
Next is a band that New Yorkers know well in Twin Peaks as they’ve played many of times for us. Playing Bonnaroo for the first time to a massive crowd was an tremendous experience for the Chicago dudes and gave the Roo crowd a super energetic set complete with superman playing the guitar.
Saving the best for last, we caught Lizzo and it was a truly amazing performance filled with positive messages mostly aimed towards the young ladies in the large crowd. Complete with two backup dancers and an incredible DJ, Lizzo had the farm shaking their asses off well after midnight. We will also be interviewing these tremendous ladies today and cant wait to share that with you soon.
Article: Shayne Hanley