It’s the 10th Anniversary of Bonnaroo and you can feel the excitement in the air as people are lining up at the main entrance from the campground. The vendors have fully prepped everything and await the arrival of those who forgot to bring the essentials with them – food, beer, sandals (yes, that happened). They know that since the fest itself sold out, they’re bound to make a killing. And they will!
I took an hour or so to check out the various stands that were set up – handmade nomadic shoes, hammocks that you can fold into a pouch, hand-crafted jewelry and clothes, it’s all there, and it’s all unique in some fashion. It’s basically the most amazing assortment of gift shops that you’ve ever seen.
And the food – oh the food! You can find anything and everything there – as long as it’s fried or it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. So, ya know, almost anything. The food ranges from corn dogs to Thai food and your taste buds can be satisfied in under 5 minutes if you so choose. Heaven in your mouth? The answer to that question is Yes, YES!
There are 5 large stages – THAT tent, THIS tent, WHAT stage, WHICH stage, & the OTHER tent. Last night, the Band of Skulls was the highlight of the 1st day of Bonnaroo. They pulled the crowd in with music that made you want to move along with the beat – even if you’re not the dancing kind. The crowd was up for anything and everything – they couldn’t get enough of it. So much so that crowd surfing to the front of the stage became the “IT” thing to do because it was the easiest way to make it through the crowd, which fanned out far beyond the reach of the tent. Never having listened to them much myself, I found myself making a note to buy their CD once I left.
That’s the best part of this festival – there are so many bands that you’ve never heard of but when you make an effort to go watch them perform you could find your new music love! What will today have in store?
The line-up is stacked with Triple M artists and I’ll have an update for everyone tomorrow morning – Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Ray LaMontagne, Florence + the Machine – they’re all here! Check in tomorrow for your ROO update!