The time is finally here my friends. Bonnaroo is less than 48 hours away. It's time to get packing, log some extra sleep, and charge all of your batteries. Before you go to Bonnaroo there are some things you should know ahead of time. Without any further adue, here are the 10 Things To Know Before You Go To Bonnaroo.
1. Weather: The weather at Bonnaroo is going to be PERFECT! The rain on Thursday is only a 30% chance so we really can't ask for any better weather. This is a HUGE deal for festival attendees.
2. Set a meeting point: Bonnaroo is HUGE. There will be somewhere between 70,000-100,000 people there so finding your crew will not be easy if you lose them. Simply set a meeting point so you can find each other between sets. The mushroom makes a good meeting spot.
3. Explore: Bonnaroo brings in hundres of awesome vendors and sponsors who offer a wide variety of cool products and promotions. Check them out and you will be amazed at what all is available.
Date: May 30th-June 3rd
Location: Ozark, Arkansas
Years Running: 10
Crowd: The crowd at Wakarusa was the best you could have hoped for in considering the conditions. After days of rain the fairgrounds became an enormous mud pit. The crowd handled it with smiles and dignity as most of the crowd was from the south and had dealt with the rain before.
Wakarusa is different from any other festival I have been to. It's the only one that I got lost trying to find. It's held in BFE (Butt F*cking Egypt) Arkansas. This is the part of Ammurrrica that sells hard boiled eggs out of jars at liquor stores (they sell moonshine too). Once I finally made it to the festival it became clear that the rain that had been falling for a couple hours was going to make this the first mud festival that I've attended.
The crowd at Wakarusa not only dealt with the mud, they thrived in it. Many of the locals looked right at home with mud up to their shins and spackled across their shirts. Each stage, tent, walkway, and camping area was completely covered. Once you accepted that the mud was going to be a part of the festival you quickly adapt to it and it's really not that big of a deal.
The music highlights for the day included Moon Taxi, The Black Crows, STS9, and after music was delayed for weather by and hour, Emancipator continued the fun night of music.
Day 2 holds much promise as the rain clouds have moved away and were replaced with less threatening clouds. For all of your Wakarusa updates just follow @TheFestivalGuy on twitter.
See you there.
Once I decided to call myself “The Festival Guy,” I dedicated my life to going to music festivals and finding ways to improve them. To learn what makes one festival experience superior to another I have attended as many festivals as possible over the last two years. Now with 35 festivals under my belt, I have a keen eye on what is working and what is not. This viewpoint is why I was so upset with Sasquatch! Music Festival last weekend.