Bonnaroo requires careful packing and even more careful planning.
Study the tips that veterans provide and believe all the hype about staying hydrated, keeping the pocket portion of baby wipes or hand sanitizer (or both) with you at all times, and remembering to rest, to wear sunblock, and to bring the powerful preventive called Gold Bond powder.
And here’s an extra as one who has been sober for three Roos in a row: the party is overrated, and you miss that “special set” or worse due to a party foul or intoxication malfunction. Iced coffee and iced water are my summer drinks of choice every day but especially at Roo.
But in all the pregame rhetoric, the most important thing to read is the schedule over at Bonnaroo.com! Don’t leave deciding what shows to see until the last minute! Here’s a playlist (listed below and complete with a Spotify link for your listening pleasure) with some highlights, but it’s by no means exhaustive or inclusive, because every person’s Roo is unique, and we are still studying the schedule and will be right up until showtime!
If you’re there, you can find me working in the Academy Tent in Planet Roo, sitting at the Soberoo support meetings, or dancing at one of these shows. Here we go! Bonnaroooohooooo!
Thursday, June 7
The Dirty Guv’nahs – Courage (This Tent 4pm)
The Cave Singers – Elephant Clouds (The Other Tent 545pm)
Moon Taxi – Mercury (That Tent 830pm)
Alabama Shakes – Rise to the Sun (This Tent 1130pm)
Friday, June 8
Needtobreathe – Garden (Which Stage 2pm)
The Avett Brothers – Ten Thousand Words (What Stage 5pm)
Dawes – Love Is All I Am (The Other Tent 730pm)
The Deep Dark Woods – Sugar Mama (Café Where 9pm)
Saturday, June 9
Bhi Bhiman – Guttersnipe (Café Where 2pm)
The Temper Trap – Fools (What Stage 3pm)
Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now (Which Stage 4pm)
Puscifer –Tumbleweed (That Tent 5pm)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie (What Stage 10pm)
Sunday, June 10
Delta Spirit – Tear It Up (Which Stage 1230pm)
The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow (The Other Tent 6:15pm) Fun. – Some Nights (That Tent 645pm)