Now in its 14th year, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has become the most eclectic and the biggest outdoor music event of the summer.
The annual four-day fair is held every June at Great Stage Park, a 700-acre event grounds in Manchester, Tennessee. It features live performances by artists in an amazingly diverse array of music styles including classic rock, indie rock, hip hop, world music, jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, reggae, pop and alternative music. Upwards of 90,000 music fans flock to the event each year.
Only one event hosts over 85,000 fans on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee and that, of course, is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set to take place from June 11 through June 14 at Great Stage Park. Since 2002, Bonnaroo has brought music diversity to the stages, mixing pop with alternative rock, indie rock, hip hop, EDM, metal, funk, jazz, Americana, country, bluegrass, reggae, folk and other music genres to reach a widespread audience.
The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival lineup features more than 100 acts, including Elton John, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, and Janelle Monae.
This year's festival will take place in Manchester, TN, June 12-15. Tickets officially go on sale this Saturday, Feb. 22, at noon.
Particularly notable is the return of Kanye West, who hasn't performed at the festival since some drama went down in 2008. As the story goes, West was loudly booed off the stage after he arrived nearly two hours late for his set. Following the incident, West (in the kind of move only Kanye could do) went on an all-caps rant against the festival. His return to Bonnaroo should certainly be interesting.
Check out the full list of 2014 Bonnaroo performers after the cut. If you're thinking of attending, check out these 10 tips for surviving a festival, as well as these five extra suggestions to guarantee a great experience!
Here in Connecticut, we can tell it's almost June because we're practically melting. After all, the general rule of thumb for New England weather is that if you're not shoveling your way out of several feet of snow, then you're probably baking in the sun.
That said, summer is totally the best time for events! Summer tours, sporting events, musical festivals, touring theater shows... it's a mecca, really. Here are a few things to look forward to in June.
American Idol Live: Season 12 "American Idol" finalists hit the road June 29, with their first show in Saint Louis, MO.
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One Direction: 1D buzz in the U.S. calmed as the boys toured Europe and elsewhere. But they're back, kicking off their U.S. summer tour June 13 in Sunrise, FL.
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Bonnaroo: This year, Bonnaroo has more than 100 bands performing during the four-day event from June 13-16. The line-up includes Sir Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! (For tips on surviving summer music fests, click here.)
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