Bonnaroo Blues

For no particular reason, here's something
Can't wait for Inforoo brunch y'all.


Bands to check out - Die Antwoord

I was thrilled to see Die Antwoord on the Bonnaroo schedule, this will be the first time they've played 'roo.  They are really worth checking out.  Made up of Yolandi Visser, Ninja, and DJ Hi Tek, Die Antwoord is a South African Zef rap/rave band (hard to describe in words what that means).  Very energetic, more than a little on the weird side, a lot of fun; definitely a jump around show.  I'm hoping for a late night set from them.

I Fink U Freeky - one for the workout mix (NSFW)

Fatty Boom Boom - probably their best known one (NSFW)

Wat Pomp? - not great quality vid but has Jack Parow in it (NSFW)


Bonnaroo 2014 lineup

So the lineup dropped yesterday.  Interesting selection.  Elton John should be a fun show, I saw him once about 20 years ago, good performer.  There are some returning favorites of mine; Jack White, Skrillex, Carolina Chocolate Drops have all put on great shows at 'roo.  I've wanted to see Die Antwoord for a while now, I think that would be an awesome late night show.  I was surprised to see one name on the list:
Kanye West
Are you kidding me?  Seriously?  After how well his last "appearance" at Bonnaroo went?  For those who weren't at 'roo 2008, here are some examples of outpouring of overwhelming gratitude and love from rooers after his performance.

Whoever booked Kanye must have a pretty perverse sense of humor.


Odds and ends

A couple of questions/concerns that have come up lately;

How much space do we have to camp?
  About 10 ft x 10 ft.  It's the width of your vehicle (+ half the distance to the next one) by 10 - 15 ft deep.  There aren't lines painted on the ground or anything like that, make nice with your neighbors (really, very first thing after you get out of your car, walk over, introduce yourself, offer them a beer, whatever.  It will pay dividends, plus it's the personable thing to do), it should be fine.

What's the story with Tent Only?
  Tent Only is an increasingly small area very close to Centeroo where you can haul your stuff and set up your campsite.  You have to carry (on foot) your gear over there.  It has gotten more popular every year, and every year they make it smaller (got to make room for "Groop Camping" and "Tent City", etc), so it has gotten somewhat packed.  It is the only place at 'roo that I camp; the best scene at the farm.  If you are interested in it, go over to inforoo.com forums and check out the threads about it.

Help, I've never camped or anything like that!
 Camping isn't hard, especially at a festival like Bonnaroo.  Some important things in no real order.  Practice setting up your tent at least once at home before going to 'roo.  This is my 9th year going and I still do this; I've saved myself from the "oh crap, the tent stakes are still in my basement" moment.  Water, water and more water (did I mention drinking water?).  Comfortable shoes are an absolute must.  You'll do more walking than you expect at 'roo.  Sunscreen obviously.


Daytripper Checklist

Leela over at Bodyworker.org has an excellent Bonnaroo guide out.  She definitely knows her stuff, I'd put it in the "must read" 'roo guide list.  Check it out!


Bonnaroo 2013 annotated schedule

I generally don't decide who I'm going to see ahead of time so I like to put together a schedule w/ a quick description of the general type of music each band is playing so I can choose based upon what I'm in the mood for at the moment. I've put them online and people have liked them, here's this year's;

I got most of the genres from this great post on Inforoo.  Any mistakes are probably mine, please feel free to comment or email any corrections/suggestions.


Best shoes for Bonnaroo

So, what footwear to bring to Bonnaroo?  This is actually pretty important, you'll do a lot of walking at 'roo.  Your campsite could be a 20 min walk from Centeroo, there are 5 main stages, a handful of smaller ones, official vendors, Shakedown Street, etc..  A lot of places to be and your feet are your transportation.  So, in no particular order.

Great sandals, very good for festivals.  If I was only going to bring one pair of shoes to Bonnaroo, it would be my Tevas.  They are light, comfortable, sturdy and have very good tread that doesn't slip in the mud.  Your feet will get dirty, but honestly, so will the rest of you.  Just remember to put sunscreen on the top of your feet.


Fine if it is dry, but bad choice if we get rain.  They are comfortable but absolutely shite in the mud, which can very often look like this;

If you walk through mud in flip-flops; you put your foot down, it get sucked into the mud, you pull your foot up, the flip-flop gets stuck, it pulls loose, it flips mud up your back, repeat.


I've never worn them,  a lot of people swear by them.  They seem to work fine for festivals.

Sneakers (or trainers for the UK types)

They are OK (the above survived Woodstock '94).  They can get waterlogged, that can get uncomfortable.  Wear good socks.

Five Fingers

My favorite shoes.  If you like going barefoot these are great.  If you have a pair you know how good these are.  One word of caution, the KSO's (and any others with slick razor siped soles) will slip in the mud.  Shouldn't be a problem with the knobblier soled ones.

Boots are great for when and if it rains.  The past few years we've been lucky and the weather has been dry at 'roo.  I still keep a good pair of waterproof hiking boots (and good socks) in my truck just in case we get another 40 day flood in Manchester.