It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Bonnaroo is the spark that brought the summer music festival back in fashion. Spread out over four days in June on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee, what once began as a folk festival has expanded to include acts as legendary as Kanye West, Radiohead, and Bruce Springsteen. Bonnaroo can be overwhelming for a first timer, but our seasoned festival goers have created a guide to help you navigate like a pro.
What to Wear
With shows all day and all night, there won’t be much time for wardrobe changes between sets. Destroyed festival shorties and a bright colored sweater tank are two pieces that work for anything and everything Bonnaroo has to offer. We recommend layering a bright bikini underneath to help you stay cool when the sun gets hot. Keep things festival-friendly with bold, boho accessories like a beaded headband and statement necklace. Fringed booties and a studded backpack add a little edge to finish off the look.
Get the look:
AE Hi Rise Festival Shortie
AE Sweater Tank
AE Bandeau Bikini Top
AEO Fringed Suede Bootie
AEO Studded Canvas Backpack
AEO Beaded Suede Headband
AEO Twist Braid Belt
AEO Chain Necklace
AEO Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses
Who to See
With a festival as notorious as Bonnaroo, you’re bound to expect a killer line-up year after year. This year was no exception to the unbelievable list of artists that are ready to rock your soul.
Some of our favorite artists from Governor’s Ball are making their way to Tennessee in addition to many other top notch performers. Check out our list of who to see and let us know who your can’t-miss act is in the comments.
Allen Stone- This dude’s got soul. Originally from Chewelah, Washington, his lyrical talent mixed with his smooth vocals spits out an expressive vibe so unique, it’s bound to draw you in. Check out songs like: Your Eyes and Unaware
ALT- J: If you missed them at Governors Ball, make sure you don’t pass them up again! An AE Favorite, the quartet has captured our hearts with their unique indie rock sound. Check out Dissolve Me on our Spotify channel or dance the night away to Matilda.
Nikki Glaser: Winner of the Last Comic Standing, Nikki Glaser is one funny gal. Check out her podcast You Had To Be There.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Troy Andrews, also known by the stage name Trombone Shorty is a trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Louisiana. When you listen to his music, you can’t help but feel funkadelic. Check out Do To Me and Backatown
Local Natives: An indie rock band from Los Angeles, California. Songs like Airplane and Breakers won’t let you down.
Passion Pit: This alternative rock band, originally from Cambridge Ma, is amazingly fun and energetic. Their catchy upbeat vibe keeps the crowd engaged and you can usually catch yourself singing along to most, if not all of their songs. Check out Take a Walk and Sleepyhead
Of Monsters and Men: Originally from Iceland, this six-piece indie folk pop band is full of sound. We can’t get enough of their hit songs like Little Talks and Phantom.
Wilco: The band formed in Chicago in 1994. Lead singer Jeff Tweedy has a relaxing yet powerful voice that is paired incredibly well with the indie rock vibe that his band members generate. Listen to Born Alone and My Darling.
Paul McCartney: Wait, wait wait…Paul McCartney the BEATLE? ENOUGH SAID! If you have the chance to see this member of one of the most iconic bands ever created, consider yourself one of the luckiest people alive. We’ll be living vicariously through you while you listen to him sing. Some of our favorite songs are Blackbird, Maybe I’m Amazed and Hey Jude.
Daniel Tosh: Famous for his outlandish comments, Tosh stars in his own Comedy Central show and is well known throughout the comedy world.
Matt and Kim: This indie pop pair from Brooklyn New York is quite the duo. Their sound is so bright and funky that no matter how hard you try to resist dancing…your body will rebel and you will find yourself wiggling up a storm. Listen to Daylight. Another thing to note is that they make some killer playlists. Check out the one they created for us here.
The Lumineers: Formed in Denver, Colorado this folk rock band writes insanely good lyrics and pairs them with their talented musical skills. Dance the night away to Stubborn Love and Ho Hey.
Mumford and Sons: This English Folk Quartet has been winning fans all over the world since 2007. Check out some of their main hits like Awake My Soul and Roll Away Your Stone.
Empire of the Sun: The electronic duo from Australia has been generating mesmeric beats since 2008. Check out We Are The People and Alive.
Weird Al Yankovic: He’s definitely weird, and totally funny. With three Grammys (and 14 nominations) under his belt, whatever weird act Al is doing…it’s working! Check out his hysterical songs like “Smells Like Nirvana” and “Fat”
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: These two rappers are lyrically clever and can keep a crowd dancing for hours. Dance the night away to Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us.
Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros: This endearing couple stole our hearts with Home and has kept us wanting more ever since. Check out Home and That’s Whats Up.
The National: After going on a 6 day music bender, AE Social Media Coordinator Cassie said The National was hands down her favorite band to see. The group gives off an incredible amount of energy. They play their hit songs while sprinkling some of their newest tunes into their set list as well. Check out Fake Empire and Don’t Swallow the Cap.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Many of you may have grown up listening to Tom Petty through your parent’s radio. His timeless songs like Free Fallin and American Girl have generated nostalgic moments in all of us. Soak this concert in…soak it all in because Tom Petty is a classic that you won’t want to miss.
Bob Saget FT. Jared Logan and the Improvised Shakespeare Company: You might remember Bob from Full House or America’s Funniest Home Videos, but what you may not know is that he has been doing outlandish stand up comedy for over 30 years. Check out his darker sense of humor when you enter the comedy tent on Sunday.