How I Would Plan It: Bonnaroo 2015

You know festival season is in full swing when this one comes around. Bonnaroo, along with Coachella, is always one of the big guns amongst American festivals. It takes place over 4 days at Great Stage Park on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Seeing as my wife doesn’t camp, and we don’t do drugs, and thus probably can’t stay up and get our money’s worth at a festival that runs until 3 in the morning, we’ll probably never get to this one. That being said, the lineup always gets my festival juices flowing. I appreciate the festival’s fun stage names, and while strange stage time staggering creates several options for my 30 minute taste approach to festivals, it also deters me from choosing those splits to catch certain songs. The festival also features a comedy stage, a film screening tent, and a silent disco, but I’m just sticking to the music. Anyways, here goes:

Bonnaroo 2015
Thursday, Jun 11
5:45-6:30 Unlocking the Truth (This Tent)

This teenage metal band from Brooklyn has gotten a lot of attention in the media in the last few years, and are featured in the documentary, Breaking a Monster
7:00-7:30 Strand of Oaks (This Tent)
This show should chill you back out after rocking your face off
7:30-8:00 Ryn Weaver (the Other Tent)
and then go get your indie pop fix with emerging pop princess, Ryn Weaver
8:15-8:45 Iceage (This Tent)
Then more rocking your face off
8:45-9:15 Temples (The Other Tent)
British psych rock band has a great throwback sound.
9:15-10:00 Houndmouth (That Tent)
Houndmouth released one of my favorite blues-tinged rock records of the year.
10:00-10:30 Glass Animals (the Other Tent)
British indie rockers have been getting a lot of buzz of late
10:45-11:15 Courtney Barnett (This Tent)
Again, one of my favorite singer-songwriters going right now, sad I missed her last week, but I had to see the Stones.
11:15-11:45 Benjamin Booker (The Other Tent)
an artist that blew up the festival scene at the end of last season, now he’s making the rounds of the early festival season this year.
12:00-12:30 Jungle (That Tent)
Here’s where the staggering messes up my schedule, don’t think you’ll be catching “Busy Earning” in this portion of their set.
12:30-1:00 Mac DeMarco (This Tent)
but you don’t want to miss all of Mac’s set, right?

Fri, Jun 12
1:15-2:00 the Districts (the Other Tent)

indie rockers should put on a lively show.
2:00-3:00 Brownout presents Brown Sabbath (Which Stage)
Austin metal outfit Brownout perform the works of Black Sabbath. I’m in.
3:00-3:45 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (The Other Stage)
Don’t get me lying, the only thing going at the time. I don’t know, maybe grab a snack or check out some shops. 🙂
3:45-4:45 Royal Blood (Which Stage)
British rock band has already blown up in Europe and the UK, trying to do the same stateside.
4:45-5:45 Unknown Mortal Orchestra (the Other Tent)
the indie rock group play in support of the excellent (if sometimes weird) Multi-Love.
5:45-6:15 Mini Mansions (Who Stage)
I wasn’t impressed with their performance opening for Arctic Monkeys, but they did put out one of the better records of 2015 so far.
6:30-7:15 Sylvan Esso (the Other Tent)
Still out in support of their excellent self titled debut (already a part of Asa’s Record Collection)
7:15-7:45 Kacey Musgraves (That Tent)
I guess I’d sacrifice a few minutes of the Shakes to catch a little of Kacey.
7:45-8:45 Alabama Shakes (What Stage)
But dammit, I’m catching the rest.
8:45-9:45 Tears for Fears (This Tent)
Ummm, 80’s, y’all. Obviously, this is the perfect lead-in to what comes next.
9:45-11:00 Kendrick Lamar (What Stage)
The current King of Hip Hop (Shut your face, Kanye).
11:15-12:00 Run the Jewels (This Tent)
Killer Mike and El-P had one of the biggest albums of the year in 2014 and have more coming.
12:00-12:45 Earth, Wind and Fire (That Tent)
Man, we are just all over the place here.
12:45-1:15 Deadmau5 (What Stage)
the man with the mask
1:15-1:45 Flying Lotus (the Other Tent)
Should be another good dance set. You still awake over there?
1:45-3:30 STS9 (That Tent)
These guys are pretty fun, and they’ll take you into the wee hours of the morning

Sat, Jun 13
2:00-2:30 Catfish and the Bottlemen (This Tent)
These guys have a long, weird name, that doesn’t exactly lend itself to twitter, but the music’s pretty solid.
2:30-3:15 Phox (the Other Tent)
Another one I recently couldn’t cram into my busy concert schedule.
3:15-4:00 Kevin Garrett (New Music on Tap Lounge)
Kevin is worth going to this space once during the weekend
4:00-5:00 Rhiannon Giddens (Which Stage)
If she’s half as entertaining solo as she is with her group (Carolina Chocolate Drops), this should be a good one.
5:15-5:45 Bleachers (This Tent)
the solo project of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff. About to kick off a tour with Charli XCX.
5:45-6:45 the War on Drugs (Which Stage)
One of 2014’s best albums, worth missing Hozier for.
6:45-7:30 Jamie XX (the Other Tent)
Jamie (of the XX) just dropped one of the top records of 2015 last week.
7:30-8:30 Gary Clark Jr (Which Stage)
The Austinite is one of the top guitarists going today.
8:30-9:30 My Morning Jacket (What Stage)
Always a fun live show, I plotted you right in the middle of it
9:30-10:30 Childish Gambino (Which Stage)
TROY!!!!!! Donald Glover is actually a pretty legit rapper.
10:30-11:00 Slayer (This Tent)
Raining blood all over this place
11:00-1:00 Mumford and Sons (What Stage)
And from Slayer to 2 hours of Mumford and Sons. That’ll kill your buzz. 🙂
1:00-2:00 D’Angelo & the Vanguard (This Tent)
This one will give your lady a whole different kind of buzz
2:00-3:15 Flume (That Tent)
hot Australian DJ will drive you into the night.
Sun, Jun 14
12:15-12:45 Pokey LaFarge (Which Stage)
Haven’t actually heard these guys, but hear they put on a good show.
12:45-1:15 Shakey Graves (That Tent)
Austin musician has been drumming up a lot of attention lately.
1:15-1:45 Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas (the Other Tent)
I hadn’t heard of her, but the write-ups sound promising, might have to pretend I’m going to Bonnaroo and check them out.
1:45-2:15 Hurray for the Riff Raff (That Tent)
the excellent American outfit put out a superb record last year.
2:15-3:00 Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear (Which Stage)
the engaging mother/son duo put out one of better records last month.
3:00-3:45 Twenty One Pilots (What Stage)
These guys did too
3:45-4:15 AWOLNATION (Which Stage)
Sail on over to this one when you get a chance
4:15-4:45 MØ (the Other Tent)
Danish hit-slinger is gunning for the mainstream.
4:45-5:45 Spoon (What Stage)
This Austin band is one of the few mid-day sets that got a full hour, I think.
5:45-6:15 Brandi Carlile (Which Stage)
But I’m still skipping out early to catch a little of this set.
6:15-7:00 Punch Brothers (That Tent)
Chris Thile and the boys have a long set, but I’ve got to go see….
7:00-8:00 Florence and the Machine (What Stage)
Florence Welch and the gang were better that I expected when I saw them at ACL a few years back.
8:00-9:00 Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters (Which Stage)
You’ve got to take the chance to catch one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time when you get it, I suppose.
9:00-11:30 Billy Joel (What Stage)
the Piano Man closes out your weekend, which is kinda weird, but I guess it works.
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.

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