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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2019: Everything You Need to Know

When attempting to make a list of the largest and most impactful music festivals in America, it would be quite difficult to find a reason why Bonnaroo wouldn’t make the list. The annual four-day festival, which takes place on the 650-acre Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee features multiple stages of live music with diverse musical styles ranging from indie rock, hip-hop, and jazz, all the way to reggae, folk, gospel, and electronic music.

Since it’s inaugural year in 2002, the festival has been a whos-who of popular music, and this year’s festival is no different. Headliners include Childish Gambino, Post Malone, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Phish, Odesza, Solange, The Lumineers, and many more.

There also happens to be a couple of familiar faces from Minnesota performing this year, as well as plenty of fun new stuff that even the most tenured Bonnaroovian’s get to experience for the first time! So here’s our preview of this year’s festival, including the artists you need to see, what fun things you need to experience, and how you can still secure your tickets to this year’s event!

A Little Flavor of Minnesota:

If you’re heading down to Manchester for this year’s Bonnaroo, it might be nice to see a couple of familiar faces during your time down there. Well, lucky for you, Minnesota is home for plenty of incredible musicians, and Bonnaroo agrees! Here are a few Minnesota-based (and influenced) artists to catch at this year’s festival.

Hippo Campus: Which Stage – Saturday, June 15th at 3:30 PM

Hippo Campus is a band from St. Paul, Minnesota. Formed in 2013, prior to graduating from performing arts high school, the band started on a break out trajectory following a series of talked-about performances at SXSW. This was immediately followed by their network television debut on Conan.

They’ve since risen to the forefront of their genre on the backs of relentless touring and the strength of their debut album ‘landmark’. In October 2017, the band released their self-produced EP ‘warm glow’ as an ode to loyalty and self-preservation. “We had tunes that didn’t fit on ‘landmark’ but took on a life of their own. The project became about the support we couldn’t find as individuals but discovered as an entity.” The band’s sophomore release, ‘Bambi’ was released on September 28th, 2018.

Trampled By Turtles: What Stage – Sunday, June 16th at 2:00 PM

Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who’d ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn’t rely on amplification.

Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who’d ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn’t rely on amplification.

Two years later, their crossover appeal landed them at number 32 on the Billboard 200 pop charts upon the release of their sixth album, Stars and Satellites. In addition to major bluegrass and folk festivals, they began showing up at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. The official concert album, Live at First Avenue, followed in 2013, recorded at Minnesota’s most famous venue. A year later, the band returned with the darker-toned Wild Animals, which bettered its studio predecessor on the album charts, reaching number 29. Trampled’s latest album is Life Is Good On The Open Road released in 2018.

Friday Pilots Club: Who Stage – Thursday, June 13th at 11:15 PM

Recently signed to Big Machine Label Group, Friday Pilots Club is Chicago’s pop affected and hard-hitting rock band. Consisting of Caleb Hiltunen (vocals) and Drew Polovick (guitar), Friday Pilots Club employs a blend of explosive memorable hooks and eclectic musical sensibilities to bring something fresh to the world of rock music.

Formed in 2017, Friday Pilots Club cut their first tracks with multi-platinum producer, John Fields, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Being in such a stimulating environment allowed the band to explore diverse sonic possibilities to hone and develop their new sound. Finding inspiration from bands like Nothing But Thieves, Bring Me The Horizon, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, along with a dose of The Strokes and even Slipknot Friday Pilots Club found comfort in heavier and darker music. The end result is their new single ‘Glory’. The track, produced by John Fields, Nothing But Thieves guitarist Dom Craik, and the band’s own guitarist Drew Polovick, is a gospel-tinged, rock anthem about the fear of one’s own mortality and the fight for change in the current political climate.

Camping & Plazas: “Once In A Lifetime. Every Time.”

Camping at Bonnaroo is hardly “camping” by most definitions of the word – it’s an endless adventure of discovery and human connection with your fellow Bonnaroovians and a key part of the Bonnaroo experience. Expect crazy surprises, unique adventures, and stories you’ll tell for a lifetime. Simply put, this is NOT your average festival camping.

Plazas: Campground Hubs Of Adventure & Convenience

Plazas are strategically located public places throughout the campgrounds for the community to gather, explore art & activities, as well as access amenities like info, medical or safety staff. No matter where you’re camped, you’ll have a plaza nearby.

All plazas include: fun activities, parties, art, shade, Free public Wifi, showers, charging stations, drinking water, Clean Vibes Trading Post redemption centers, misting stations, medical, safety stations, information, and portable restrooms.

Bonnaroo 2019 Lineup Camping Tickets
Bonnaroo 2019 Camping & Plaza Map

Activities:

There is much more to Bonnaroo than just live music. Throughout the week there will be plenty of other activities to take part in, such as parades, morning yoga sessions, and even things for kids!

Parades: What’s better than a parade? NOTHING! Marching to the beat of our own drums, getting dressed up in something fancy or just high steppin’ and spinning an umbrella as you second line through Centeroo is a good ol’ time and something we’ve always done at Bonnaroo.

Yoga-Roo: Align your mind, body, and soul by participating in one of several yoga sessions taking place across The Farm. All classes are free and open to yogis of all levels. No yoga mat required. Our grass is your grass, and it’s soft underfoot.

Seventh “First Annual” Roo Run X ASICS: In partnership with ASICS, get ready to #WinTheLongRun and run across the Bonnaroo campgrounds. Customize your bib at pickup on Friday and get ready to rock the 5k on Saturday. Glitter, fairy wings, and costumes of all kinds encouraged. Athletic shoes required. Oh and heads-up, first 3 winners and best-dressed win an ASICS prize pack.

Soberoo: Soberoo is a group of passionate music lovers who choose to remain clean and sober at Bonnaroo. Fans seeking a substance-free ‘Roo can hang alongside like-minded Bonnaroovians and participate in multiple daily meetings at the Soberoo booth in Centeroo.

Kidz Jam: Kidz Jam inspires a love of music, culture, and creativity while providing a safe haven for children. There are performances, interactive games, sports, challenges, and oodles of recycling art projects. Relax and play music throughout the day with instruments provided for the children. Kids wanna jam, too! Freshwater, sunblock, earplugs and safety tips are offered free of charge to help ensure that the little ones have a great festival experience.

Food & Drink: The Best Food You’ll Eat All Year

Next-level eats to The Farm have always been a staple of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. There’s a wide variety of food vendors located throughout the festival, so you’ll always be able to find something to satisfy your dietary needs and desires. If you think choosing which artists you want to catch, wait until you have to choose between gourmet pizza, grass-fed burgers, spinach mozzarella dumplings, mouthwatering fish tacos, spicy jalapeno corn dogs, Tennessee BBQ and some of the best donuts you will ever experience.

How to Attend

If all of this sounds like something you can’t miss out on, you’re in luck! Tickets are still available for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2019! Here’s what you need to know:

General Admission: Tier 5 is $339 and includes

  • 150+ performances on 10+ stages over four days – all night and all day
  • Access to the entire GA campground (Note: Every vehicle requires a car camping or day parking pass)
  • Concessions, official merch, and food choices from 150+ vendors including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options

VIP: $825 and includes all of the same access and benefits as General Admission listed above, PLUS

  • Exclusive viewing areas for the What & Which stages, and exclusive VIP entrances to the festival grounds, Centeroo, and the Main Stage Venue
  • Access to the newly revamped VIP Campground Plaza featuring air-conditioning, private bars, complimentary wifi, daily yoga classes, games, live video feeds of the festival performances, and much more.
  • Access to exclusive Centeroo VIP lounge with games, bathrooms, private bars, art, and more.
  • Special shower and restroom facilities with attendants, exclusive mobile charging services, 24-hour concierge service, and a commemorative Bonnaroo merchandise package.
  • Access to the Thursday VIP pre-event party, the Sunday Gospel Brunch, plus more special surprises.

Platinum: $3,275 and includes all of the same access and benefits as VIP listed above, PLUS

  • Up-close, exclusive viewing at the What, Which and Other stages, and the This and That tents
  • New! Golf cart transportation from the Platinum Campground to the stage viewing areas. Daily schedules will vary.
  • New! Exclusive access to the What Stage Platinum lounge with a shaded seating area and full-service bar including complimentary beer, wine, and well cocktails.
  • Exclusive access to the Platinum Campground featuring: air conditioning, complimentary drinks, private showers and restrooms, a fast-track entrance to the venue, 24-hour concierge, Spa services, WiFi, lawn games and more
  • Exclusive access to the private Platinum lounge in Centeroo with a full-service bar and relaxed, shady seating
  • Premium food and beverage offerings including a NEW 24/hour food delivery service (for purchase) and a daily happy hour with complimentary food & drink offerings.

More information regarding this year’s festival can be found at Bonnaroo.com!

Author: Justin Bailey

Managing Editor & Social Media Admin for Music In Minnesota. Graduated Valedictorian of my class from IPR - College of Creative Arts with an A.A.S. in Music & Entertainment Business. ICON Award Winner. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Written by Justin Bailey

Managing Editor & Social Media Admin for Music In Minnesota. Graduated Valedictorian of my class from IPR - College of Creative Arts with an A.A.S. in Music & Entertainment Business. ICON Award Winner. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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