I break my long radio silence simply because I just saw the lineup for Bonnaroo this year, and it is incredible. I hadn’t heard of Bonnaroo before I moved to Nashville, in part because it wasn’t as big a festival then, but also because I am extremely uncool. But it’s a Big Deal™. And I realized that when I saw hundreds of cars full of college-age concert-goers with tents and coolers streaming through Nashville on their way to the farm where Bonnaroo is held. Following the Bonnaroo news is sort of the only way I can vicariously enjoy the fun, because there’s just no way I’m taking a whole weekend and camping out in a field with no facilities and a constant second-hand buzz from the neighboring herbalists. I’m just not young enough, stupid enough, or cool enough to do that now, and I think you have to be at least one of the three. But the acts are huge, and it looks like a ton of fun.
Anyway, this year’s lineup is impressive to say the least. The funny thing is, I’m way more excited about some of the smaller bands, or some of the acts that have been around a while. I would love to see First Aid Kit, Poliça, Omar Souleyman, and CHVRCHES in concert. CHVRCHES is getting kinda big, but First Aid Kit is a sister duo from Stockholm that I discovered on accident and loved immediately, so I feel almost cool to know who they are. Long-time awesome acts Cake and the Flaming Lips don’t need as much introduction, but they’ve also been around for 20 and 30 years, respectively, so it’s amazing they’re still making great music.
Of course, you have to respect the headliners at Bonnaroo, and this year they do not disappoint. I mean, c’mon, ELTON JOHN! And I don’t like Kanye West, but the dude is huge. And Jack White! Lionel Richie! Vampire Weekend, Ice Cube, Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill—the list goes on and on. These are huge names. It’s gonna be amazing. And I’ll enjoy it, vicariously. Nashville is just a really cool place.