Thursday evening on the noted farm in Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo 2013 officially got underway, drawing thousands of music fans from around the world to camp out for four days to hear hundreds of big name and rising bands at one of America’s largest annual outdoor summer festivals.
Opening night was an evening for the up-and-comers, as some of music’s rising stars took the stage—including Killer Mike, Alt-J, Father John Misty, Japandroids, and a buzz-generating set by sister act HAIM. However, the weekend’s lineup is just about as diverse as you can get—a hodgepodge of newer acts, current charting favorites and music icons spread across a wide range of genres. Besides iconic headliners Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, music fans can look for performances from ZZ Top, Bjork, The Lumineers, The National, Of Monsters and Men, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Passion Pit, Tame Impala, Dwight Yoakam, Nas, Grizzly Bear and a host of others. Notably absent from the roster (disappointing but understandable) are Mumford and Sons, who have cancelled their Bonnaroo appearance and several other dates as bassist Ted Dwayne is recovering from a successful emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
While music is the main draw to Bonnaroo, there are plenty of other fun things to experience during the weekend—among them a special comedy tent (this year’s featured acts include Daniel Tosh and Bob Saget, among others), a beer garden, a cinema tent, a water park, on-site shopping and food vendors, a “silent disco” dance party via wireless headphones, yoga sessions, and dozens of lectures and workshops covering everything from art to gardening to belly dancing. There is literally something for everyone.
According to the Bonnaroo website, all 4-day packages are sold out for this year’s festival; however, if you’re in the area and want to come for the day, at press time day tickets still appear to be available, along with shuttle service from Nashville. See the Bonnaroo website for all the latest details.