Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival [Festival Review]

Where do I even start? It’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s Christmas in June, it feels like home away from home. To sum up what Bonnaroo is to someone who has never been, I would say that it’s a four day adventure of spreading positivity and partying your ass off with your closest 80,000 friends, while witnessing some of the greatest musical performances out there! Bonnaroo is not just simply about the music, it’s about the unique and friendly culture, the camping with friends, the original artwork and the crazy food trucks, the sleepless nights and the endless laughs, and of course the once in a lifetime performances by incredible musicians!

Speaking of once in a lifetime performances, at the end of Mumford & Sons powerful set, frontman Marcus Mumford invited fellow Bonnaroo performers My Morning Jacket, Hozier, Dawes, The War On Drugs, Ed Helms and Danny Clinch to join them in covering “With a Little Help from My Friends” for a fantastic finale. A few of my favorite performances from this year’s Bonnaroo were Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Tears For Fears, and SOJA. Robert Plant, now 66 years old, still sounds phenomenal and hearing him play Led Zeppelin songs such as “Whole Lotta Love”, “Dazed and Confused”, and a few other classics is one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had at Bonnaroo. Tears For Fears put on an absolutely insane performance playing their hit songs “Shout”, “Mad World”, and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” along with covering Radiohead’s “Creep”, which made the crowd go crazy. Their performance was one of the best overall shows I’ve ever seen in a long time. SOJA played a very fun and energetic set and had the crowd going their entire show. One show I was disappointed with was Sunday night headliner Billy Joel. He played a very good set and sounded great but the his performance ended 45 minutes early, which was pretty disappointing considering that he was the last show of the festival. Overall It was a very successful Bonnaroo and another great year at the farm. If you ever have the chance to go to Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival you should definitely go, especially if you don’t mind getting a little dirty for a couple days, because this is an experience you don’t want to miss out on!


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