June 11, 2010
10 a.m. June 11
I roll into Manchester through some mountains — fog hanging drearily between the peaks and a lake set against the side of the highway. After 14 hours on a bus, the trip is starting to come to a close. Bonnaroo is close.
My iPod’s played only Bonnaroo artists the whole time I’ve been on the bus — everything from Mumford & Sons to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to the National and She & Him. They’re all coming up in the next few days, most of them today.
So maybe part of the adventure of Bonnaroo is the journey there — after all, people come from all over the world to this festival. Maybe 14 hours overnight on a bus is nothing. People probably travel for days to get to Bonnaroo, NC to TN is nothing.
But even still, a trip starting in Greensboro, stopping in Charlotte, hitting Atlanta and then heading Manchester — that’s not a short trip.
The first step today, after I get off this bus, is to check in with the media people and get my press credentials. Then it’s off to the press meeting. After that, it gets good. Today’s line-up: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, then Dr. Dog, She & Him, OK Go, The National, Kings of Leon and the Flaming Lips. And then wherever else the festival takes me.