Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010

It’s festival week here at The Rock and Roll Guru! This week I’ll be discussing the upcoming summer festivals and highlighting the highs, lows, and all the in-betweens of each. I’ve selected five festivals and will post daily on each. Enjoy!


Affectionately referred to as the “hippie-fest” by some, Bonnaroo is a four-day jam festival that features multiple acts from every walk of music. Taking place in Manchester Tennessee every June, Bonnaroo is the festival for the music lover. Whether you love metal, hard rock, jam bands, country, hip-hop, or pop, Bonnaroo has had those performers on their stage.

Tickets for Bonnaroo are not cheap, but considering this is a four day event that includes some major name acts, there is a lot of value for the cost. General admission tickets are $235. This gets you a four day pass to the show and includes camping and parking.

Fans wanting a more personalized experience can purchase the VIP package costing $1,350. This package includes 2 VIP tickets, preferred parking and camping near the venue, special shower facilities, a pre-dinner party on Thursday night and other VIP amenities.

If that’s still not enough of an experience, Bonnaroo offers the Total Access Package which includes 8 tickets to the show with special access throughout the site. A private tour bus with sleeping beds, on-site catering, a special on-stage viewing area, and private ground transportation to and from the show are all included. The price of this package was not available, so if you are interested, contact Bonnaroo directly.

Bonnaroo’s lineup has always been one of the strongest around, and this year is no different. Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, John Fogerty, Jeff Beck, and GWAR are all performing, and that only names a few of the acts on the bill. The lineup over the course of four days is virtually endless. Well known bands, up and coming acts and established groups are all performing at Bonnaroo in 2010. If music isn’t enough for you, there is also comedy performed by some well known entertainers including Conan O’Brien in the comedy tent.

Beginning in 2002, Bonnaroo has been hosting this four-day extravaganza for years. Held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo literally translates into “a really good time.” The festival started out as primarily a jam band lover’s dream, but over the years has diversified in the type of acts that have been added to the lineup. In recent years, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Wilco, B.B. King, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, and The Police have all graced the stage at Bonnaroo.

Places to Stay
To get the full experience, camping is available right on site and is included in the price of your ticket. A list of camping rules and regulations is available on the website. If camping is not for you, there are hotels available, but not close. Police checkpoints are set up on the way into and out of Bonnaroo and parking each day would be a nightmare. While a hotel can be done, it is not recommended. With entertainment going on all night and this being a festival of friends with some of the nicest people you will ever meet, the camping experience is highly recommended and encouraged.

Packed with incredible musical acts, comedians, films, and a slew of other entertainment, Bonnaroo really is the festival of choice. While the ticket price may seem a little high, it’s a four-day event of a lifetime. I think it’s worth the price and the trip, and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

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