June 15, 2010
Maybe the only bad thing about this weekend was leaving before Phoenix played. Of all the bands that were there, that was one I was particularly excited for. But overall, the rest of the experience was unique, falling somewhere between being hot, exciting, relaxing, dirty, friendly and just plain fun.
So by now everyone’s been kicked out of the Bonnaroo complex. The volunteers are striking the sets, cleaning the trash, looking around for the cell phones, clothes and iPods that got left. And everyone’s headed home to get back to work, back to the normalcy of everyday.
There’s something about Bonnaroo’s atmosphere that made it such a distinct experience. Between the push for sustainability, the incredible lineup and the feel of not showering for four days, the festival lives up to its hype. People are friendly and almost everyone there is a music lover. You can mention in passing to a vendor that you just came from a National show and you’ll end up talking to them for twenty minutes about the modern recording industry.
It’s worth seeing, that’s for sure. Whether you are into the festival scene or you’re a huge music lover — or a small one — the festival is something that should be experienced. Just seeing nearly 100,000 people at a Weezer concert is amazing enough to make Bonnaroo worth going to. And at the end of the day, the best reason to go really just comes down to Bonnaroo being such a unique experience that you won’t get at a regular concert.