Why Bonnaroo Should Be On Your Music Festival Bucket List

Festival Season is upon us, and in the past few years new music festivals have been popping up left and right. The scene has become over saturated, and smaller festivals are beginning to gain the momentum that bigger fests once had. For those trying to decide on which weekend party to attend, it can be difficult. There’s a matter of lineup, transportation and let’s not forget the ever rising costs of a ticket for one. But amid all of the hype and glamour of festivals, Bonnaroo stands out as one of the best in the game. As one of the top music festivals in the United States, it has become quite commercialized, but even so there are some aspects that others just can’t beat.

Photo by Andrew Jorgensen on Bonnaroo’s Facebook

The Music

Some music festivals have become an event to be seen. You go for the sake of telling your friends and following that you went, but Bonnaroo is all about the music. There’s always something for every kind of person to jam to, be it an EDM lover or a rock purist. As a bigger fest, there is more variety for people’s musical interests. Smaller festivals are amazing, but are usually more targeted towards a specific genre of music. At Bonnaroo, you’ll be able to appease your side that dances to top 40’s hits while also indulging in your hipster self, and they’ll still have someone on the bill for your friend who’s into bluegrass.

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The Food

Alright, I know what you’re thinking. You didn’t shell out $350 for the food. But that, my friend, is the wrong way to look at it. The food at Bonnaroo is much like everything else on The Farm: magical. There’s nothing better than sitting on a blanket late at night, listening to one of the headliners play and enjoying a nice slice of Spicy Pie or a fresh, hot Amish Doughnut. It’s moments like that which make Bonnaroo a place where you feel content with everything going on in your life.

The Freedom

One of the reasons that music festivals are so popular is the fact that you get to forget about work and home life, even just for a few days, and focus on living for yourself. But at Bonnaroo, that feeling of freedom is even more intense. You don’t have to worry about anything except your health. No one needs to drive home. No one is there to dictate your entire day (hopefully). You can do practically whatever you want as long as you’re kind and smart about your actions. You can bop your head with your friends or you can get in the middle of the crowd and shake it like ya mama gave ya. No one judges each other and no one questions it, which brings me to…

Photo by Nathan Zucker on Bonnaroo’s Facebook

The Community

If there’s one thing that you take away from this post, it’s that once you step on The Farm, you are a Bonnaroovian. Everyone there, no matter your opinions, age, gender, or race, is family. Even after you leave the magic that is Bonnaroo, you’re still considered part of the fam. The place bleeds good vibes (No seriously. The slogan is “Radiate Positivity”) and everyone looks out for each other. You can meet your new best friend(s) while standing in line for a bite to eat or while dancing late at night at the Silent Disco. The first time you’re going through the line to get into Centeroo (where all the main stages are), you’ll high-five at least 100 people. And then you’ll find that it’s not uncommon to just be walking around and suddenly you slap hands with a stranger that’s singing “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie. And you’ll probably end up joining them in their rendition. That’s the magic of Bonnaroo and it shines through the community in ways that can’t be found elsewhere.

Photo by Ryan Mastro on Bonnaroo’s Facebook

The Experience

Bonnaroo is more than just summer camp for adults. It’s a complete experience. You’ll find yourself carrying the mindset of The Farm back with you to wherever home is. There are positive vibes and an overall love everywhere you walk, and the people aren’t shy about letting it be known. The new friends you make and the tunes you dance to with them means so much more at this festival than anywhere else. You become aware that Bonnaroo is a place where anything can happen (somehow, you always end up finding your lone tent in the masses). It’s a place that everyone should experience at least once in their life because it is the real happiest place on earth.

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