Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee commenced its 16th annual run recently.
Rebounding from a drop in attendance in 2016, approximately 65,000 Bonnaroovians flocked from all corners of the country (and globe) to see an all-star roster of headliners featuring U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd and many more perform at “the Farm."
And don’t worry. Bonnaroo recovered its momentum this year and has already announced release dates for 2018.
Once again, fans of all ages and musical tastes left with their music appetite satisfied. And, although this year's Bonnaroo featured a slightly different lineup than we’re used to, it didn’t seem to lose the grassroots Bonnaroo vibe that festival attendees have come to expect year after year. The classic Bonnaroovian high-five exchange was a prominent occurrence throughout the weekend.
The Which, What, This, That, and The Other stages hosted music until 3 a.m. most nights. Smaller venues such as The Grind and The Christmas Barn hosted DJs and bands into the early morning. Headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and The Weeknd stole the show.
Red Hot Chili Peppers put on an original set including their hits “Snow," “Can’t Stop,” and “Scar Tissue." The impressive performance was a sure reminder of the group's ability to stay true to their music. During their set, one fan described the Chili Peppers as “…the definition of rock stars."
U2, in their U.S. festival debut, performed their classic 1987 album “The Joshua Tree." Bono and the gang lived up to the “rock star” title as well, giving audience members a show they’re sure to remember. The talk of ‘Roo that night was Bono between songs joking “What an extraordinary thing Bonnaroo is. Thank you for naming it after me.”
Typically, we see a rock or jam band close out Bonnaroo. This year The Weeknd closed out the show, backed by a phenomenal fireworks display. Many compared the vocalist to Michael Jackson.
After a confident comeback, Bonnaroo will return for the 17th annual event June 7-10, 2018. Be sure to keep an eye out later this year for lineup announcements.