Each June, nearly a hundred thousand people descend on a farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee for one of the world's largest outdoor festivals. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a 4-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a once serene 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.
Rolling Stone magazine named the annual festival one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll. The event is known for bringing together some of the biggest performers in rock and roll along with dozens of artists from that run the gamut of contemporary styles from hip-hop to electronica to Americana.
The 100-acre entertainment village will be abuzz with around the clock attractions. According to the event organizers, in addition to the music stages there will be an on-site cinema, a silent disco, a comedy club, a classic arcade, a beer festival, and a music and technology village.
In its tenth reincarnation, Bonnaroo's 2011 lineup includes rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne, album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire, and rock veterans Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Orginal Meters. Other standouts include Swedish Europop diva Robyn, English folk rock band Mumford & Sons, West Coast indie folk rock band The Decemberists, mashup superstar Girl Talk, English songstress Florence + The Machine, and a cast and crew of indie rock's up and coming talent.
Last year's line-up included Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, Jeff Beck, LCD Sounsystem, Norah Jones, and Phoenix among many others.
First timers to the festival should be prepared to get wet and dirty. There is ample mud and heat and it often smells. Festival-goers report that the air stinks after the second day with so many campers gathered together in the hot weather. However, for the hardcore fans, it is obviously worth the minor discomforts.
The festival kicks off at noon on Thursday, June 9th and rages on until late Sunday night. Tickets went on sale on February 19 and all 2011 General Admission Tickets are now sold out. Each ticketholder for the 4-day festival received a specially designed wristband with a RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) chip that is unique to the individual. You can visit the Bonnaroo Wristband Information page for more information.
Here is the complete Bonnaroo 2011 lineup:
The Black Keys
Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale
My Morning Jacket
String Cheese Incident
Robert Plant & Band of Joy
Mumford & Sons
Iron & Wine
Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Florence + the Machine
SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John
Explosions In The Sky
Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz
Warren Haynes Band
Old Crow Medicine Show
Bootsy Collins & the Funk University
Matt & Kim
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Cold War Kids
Portugal. The Man
Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter
The Black Angels
School of Seven Bells
Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea
Justin Townes Earle
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Band of Skulls
Sharon Van Etten
The Low Anthem
Jessica Lea Mayfield
The Head and the Heart
Want a taste of the music to come? Try Rolling Stone's 2011 Bonnaroo Playlist for a preview of this year's bands.