Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is officially underway in Manchester, Tennessee. Teen metal band Unlocking the Truth opened the legendary festival in front of thousands of screaming music lovers. The band rocked out to their song “Monster,” with a roaring crowd that included the likes of a guy dressed up as Space Man and another dressed as Chewbacca. Rap sensation DeJ Loaf took the stage at Bonnaroo and proved why she’s considered to be one of the next big stars in hip-hop. During the rapper’s set, two people fainted and had to be removed in order to seek medical attention. Viral sensation Ryn Weaver showed she belonged on the big stage at Bonnaroo. The pop singer first gained national attention with her single “OctaHate.”
Bonnaroo is off to a great start, and it appears it will only get better. This year’s festival lineup will feature 189 artists including Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Billy Joel, Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Run the Jewels, Childish Gambino, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Hozier, Flying Lotus, Slayer, Royal Bloods, and many more. Similar to the iconic Coachella festival, Bonnaroo infuses Rock, Hip-Hop, Pop, EDM, R&B, Gospel, Country, and Reggae music. The festival is the size of 375 football fields, and it expects to draw over 80,000 people. Bonnaroo will run from Thursdayuntil Sunday June 14th.
Bonnaroo was named one of the “50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll” by Rolling Stone magazine. Some of the festival’s most iconic performers include Jay Z, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Elton John, The Police, James Brown, The Black Keys, and Pearl Jam. Last year’s event featured performances by Kanye West, Pusha T, Skrillex, Ice Cube, Chance the Rapper, Disclosure, and others. The first Bonnaroo concert took place thirteen years ago, and it was very successful even though it did not have one mainstream act. The festival is widely acknowledged for “revolutionizing the modern rock festival.” Along with music, the event also promotes positive growth in education, the arts, and environmental sustainability. Bonnaroo has donated over $7 million dollars to more than 100 organizations.
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