Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival…

 

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This eclectic music festival celebrates its 15th year this coming weekend, June 9 through June 12, in Manchester, Tennessee, a relatively small town in middle Tennessee.  Festival officials are expecting about 80,000 fans to descend on the area — which just happens to be where my hubby is from and where much of his family still lives.635699674582196437-Aerial-2

The name Bonnaroo was chosen by founders AC Entertainment and Superfly Productions because it’s a Creole slang word meaning “a really good time.”  By 2003, the festival was named by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the top 50 moments in rock and roll” and one of the 10 Best Festivals by GQ Magazine.

You can get the scoop on everything that’s happening by checking out the official site for festival information.  But if you’re going, don’t look for me there!  We just visited family over Memorial Day and made sure to be gone before the major crowds arrive.  Some family members did mention they saw people with dreadlocks and “those men in skirts”(?) in town at the end of May, but I can’t personally vouch for that…

Here’s the line up for this year:

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One of the bands performing this year is Lamb of God and my new blog buddy Patti and her family are friends with the lead singer, D. Randall Blythe.  You can see her post about him here on her Scarlett 79 blog.

I remember when the festival first began in 2002 on a 700-acre farm and hubby’s family and a lot of other Manchester residents were none too happy with the hordes of alternative music fans invading their town that summer.  body-painting-702735_1280

We were regaled with tales of people running through Wal-Mart in nothing but body paint and bathing in the fountain in front of the funeral home.  Don’t know if all that is true or not, but the funeral home fountain was filled in and is now a planter!

 

 

By 2007, though, festival promoters had purchased much of the farm acreage for a permanent location.  Not only does the festival bring huge crowds to the area, it also brings large amounts of personal and business revenue to Coffee County.  The festival also makes annual contributions to support several worldwide charitable organizations.

And if you’re not able to go to Bonnaroo this year, you can stream the festival live at Red Bull TV here starting June 9 at 8 p.m. CDT.

Personally, even though Bonnaroo crowds and music aren’t really my cup of tea, we’re thrilled with all the new hotels and restaurants that have been built in and around Manchester to serve people who don’t want to necessarily camp out on the festival grounds.  More jobs for local residents and more choices for us when we visit!

~Diane  D.

 

Photos courtesy  of Bing.com or Pixabay, sources include Wikipedia, the official Bonnaroo website and Red Bull TV.

 

 

55 responses

  1. Sounds like a huge event Diane. And a massive dollar draw card for the area.

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    1. Yeah, I think it is. But I’ll not be going near it 🙂

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      1. I don’t blame you. We have a festival in our community every year, not on the same scale but it still brings hoards of tourists and out of towners in. It was great when the kids were young but now we try and get out of town for the day when it arrives!

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  2. Huge crowd over there……. Fantastic.

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    1. Yes, I think it’s a lot of fun!

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  3. What an incredible line-up! I’d love to check that festival out.

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    1. It’s a pretty big deal now and a little more mainstream than at first!

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  4. augustmacgregor | Reply

    I bet this is wildly crowded and wildly fun!

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    1. I think so, but hubby ‘s family is still not too thrilled!

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        Is it because of the crowdedness? I can see how that could get frustrating.

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      2. And the traffic in the area. And its only 75 miles or so from Nashville, so they’re more used to country music and those fans!

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  5. Our friends George and Cathy went a few years back. They had a blast! I’d love to go! The hubs? Not so much! Lol!

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    1. It’s supposed to be something, but you won’t find me there!

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      1. One of those ‘have to go once in my lifetime’ things!

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      2. It does look like fun and the music has gotten more mainstream over the years, I think. Just so many people….

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      3. Sweaty, stinky, stoned and drunk people! Yeah, I might be too old for that crap! Lol!

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      4. Lol, nah, you’re not too old!

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  6. Love the name – Bonnaroo — fun to say!
    Like you, I would avoid the crowd, but still enjoy hearing about it. If I ever did go though, I’d stay until Pearl Jam played and then leave. 😀

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    1. Yeah, I like them and Ellie Goulding and some others, but I don’t think I could take the crowds and traffic. And, gosh, not a camper here!

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  7. a very interesting event! Congratulations for your blog.
    many greetings

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    1. Thank you, nice to meet you!

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  8. Looks like fun but the crowd. Ugh

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    1. I know! I couldn’t take it. And as you know, it will be hot there!

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  9. As I live in Manchester too I think we have something in common…. oh hang on a second…… that’s Manchester, UK not USA…. Ah well – what’s in a continent… x

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    1. Haha, yes, hubby is from TN originally but his accent is so blurred now that sometimes people have guessed he’s from England! xo

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      1. There you go then – Manchester at the heart! xx

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  10. Sounds cool! But the people running in body paint ? 😀 LoL..Not so much cool but who are we to judge 🙂 That is a great line up too! Am a huge fan of Chainsmokers and Ellie Goulding 🙂

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    1. Hubby’s family is very Southern and I think that was shocking! But I think it’s a lot more controlled, at least in town, now…I at least know who Ellie Goulding is, lol, and Pearl Jam and a few others I would like. Not heard of most of them, though 🙂

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      1. Even I have not heard of many in the list. I have always wanted to go to one of the music festivals which is very common in the US 🙂 I will admit that I am wary of the crowds but then it sounds so much fun too. A once in a lifetime thing. Camping and all 😊 Our ultimate goal was Tomorrow world but it seems this year it’s not even there 😮

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      2. 😦 I know the festivals are expensive as is almost any vacation site!

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  11. It would be worth applying body paint to see the LCD Soundsystem reunion. Huge fan here. 🙂

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    1. See, you are so cool! I had to look for them on the list to make sure that was a band, lol!

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  12. looks fun! and hard to believe that 15 years have gone by – feels like 5 since 2001

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  13. Now that sounds like lots of fun and crazies mixed together. I don’t blame the funeral home 😉

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    1. Oh, it a big to-do in town!

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  14. Wow that is really something! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  15. Hey, these events can be fun. Like you say it creates jobs and helps pump more money into the local economy. Sounds like a win win for everyone.

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    1. I think the early years were a little too “Woodstock like” for my Southern relatives who are more used to country music, but, yeah, big revenue and I think it’s pretty mainstream music now 🙂

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      1. There is plenty of good food at these things, too. Right?

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      2. There is. Gourmet food trucks, Hamageddon and Baconland, and craft beers and ciders! Southern cooking, mm!

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  16. Nice piece. Informative and tantalising in equal measure. Pity that I live near Manchester – in England.

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    1. Thanks! Aww, I’d loan you some of hubby ‘s relatives to take you sightseeing…

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      1. In Manchester in the UK? 😀

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      2. Well, yes, if necessary 😉 but do you have any country music or moonshine there?

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      3. Oh yes. Marks & Spencer have a full range of moonshine – all the from Rot Your Guts up to Make Your Eyes Pop Out. It’s so the in-thing here in England. 🙂

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      4. I’m not sure it’s real moonshine if it’s sold in a store. And for goodness sake, you don’t mix it with anything… I’m seeing all these chic new recipes but you just get it from someone in the backwoods and drink it. Now that’s moonshine or so I hear

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      5. Hahaha – or so you hear! 😀 So moonshine marmalade from Harrods is not going to be genuine? Shame on them!

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      6. I, for one, am shocked 🙂

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  17. […] Day 2 and we are leaving to drive down to Manchester, TN,  home of the alternative music festival Bonnaroo today!  Not for Bonnaroo, per se, but because that’s where hubby is from.  Family reunion […]

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