Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicks off in Tennessee

Bonnaroo, 2008.

Bonnaroo, 2008. Image by Patricia H. / CC BY 2.0

On Thursday over 80,000 music and art fans will descend on a small town south of Nashville for Bonnaroo. Held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN, the festival is known for its diversity, with headliners from music genres ranging from jazz to world music to pop. Major acts include Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5 and Kendrick Lamar.

But the event isn’t just about music. The festival also features artists and craftspeople from around the country. This year Arizona-based art collective Walter Productions are bringing their Art Cars for the The Walter Show, which includes neon-lined classic cars, pop-up dance parties and art installations. A cinema tent will show independent films, documentaries and cult classics, and a comedy theatre will feature comedians including Chris Hardwick and Reggie Watts. Food trucks and stalls also bring some of the Southeast’s best regional restaurants and cuisine.


Tickets are still available from $324.50. The festival runs through Sunday.


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