It’s that time of year again — when local music festival fanatics leave the unseasonable heat and humidity of Asheville for the downright hellish temps and baking sun of Bonnaroo. But the four-day event (today though Sunday, June 12) in Manchester, Tenn. is eagerly awaited each year.
This year’s lineup includes Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, The Strokes, The Decemberists, Ray Lamontagne, Primus, Dr. John with Original Meters and about a bazillion more acts (see them all here).
Among those performers are a couple of local boys: Warren Haynes Band and Aaron “Woody” Wood. And, a long list of acts who have either recently played Asheville (Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Ryan Bingham, Mumford & Sons, Matt & Kim, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Amos Lee) or are about to play Asheville (Bootsy Collins, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Portugal. The Man, Ben Sollee).
To keep track of it all, our intrepid reporter (and Clubland editor) Dane “Dudeman” Smith is on the Bonnaroo scene — fellow reporter and Bonnaroo veteran Jake Frankel will join him Friday evening.
Follow their Twitter handles: @MXClubland and @JakeFrankel, or follow the hashtag #avlroo for updates (from the comfort of your air-conditioned and mud-free home or office, of course).
Here are some early photos from Dane, who arrived early to find the festival’s stage compound deserted and a massive effort underway to put the finishing touches on everthing from food tents to carnival fare: