Here's a look at what others are writing about the Bonnaroo music festival outside Manchester.
The festival not only draws thousands of music lovers, but also hundreds of media representatives from around the country -- and even the world. (Overhead in newsroom: Yes, going to Bonnaroo really is hard work, really,)
We'll be posting links to some of the pieces we find as the festival continues in addition to the coverage by our own mud-caked Bonnaroo team.
Bonnaroo: Heading South | New York Times: And there’s a certain promise in Bonnaroo’s jam-band heritage–something in the Tennesse mud that seems to encourage musicians to break out of their standard set and try something different: a collaboration, a work-in-progress, a stunt. (Or a retirement announcement, like Nine Inch Nails last year.) With luck this year, Bonnaroo’s bands will borrow something more than career tactics from the jam bands–they’ll seek some spontaneity.
Bonnaroo: Thursday’s Four-Word Reviews | New York Times: Entrance Band/Baroness: If hippies hate Slayer, is heavy’s success failure?.
Miike Snow Find Unexpected Home at Bonnaroo | Spinner: Not only was Miike Snow the first "best-new-thing" band to really open things up on Night One of Bonnaroo, but the band also perfectly -- if unexpectedly -- captured the spirit of the festival itself by combining indie rock aesthetics, pop hooks and crafty songwriting with, yes, live jamming. It can be argued that Bonnaroo was built on bands that not only wrote great songs but that, live, were able to reinvent them. Miike Snow is that band.
Bonnaroo-Bound Alice + Olivia Tour Helps Women Affected By Flooding, Oil Spill | MTV.com: In eight years, the quirky, perky Stacey Bendet (or "Staceypants" as her friends love to call her) has gone from being homeless and making single pairs of pants for admirers to founding the celeb-adored Alice + Olivia fashion brand. Her women's, children's and upcoming shoe (2011) lines have brought smiles to the faces of women for almost a decade now, including folks like Taylor Swift, Blake Lively and Angelina Jolie. And now MTV News has learned that her undeniable ability to spread joy has Bendet and an eclectic band of artist gal-pals hopping into a retrofitted Alice + Olivia Airstream Trailer and taking their act on the road. "We are going on a tour all through the Southeast, starting at Bonnaroo," Bendet said.
Blitzen Trapper Prove Buzz Worthy at Bonnaroo | Spinner Blitzen Trapper is having a banner week. Their new album dropped on Tuesday and on Thursday they performed at Bonnaroo. "We're playing some new songs tonight," they announced casually. "We've got a record that came out this week." And with that, Blitzen Trapper introduced one of their biggest audiences ever to what is surely their crowning achievement to date -- the sprawling epic, 'Destroyer of the Void,' which opens up the new album of the same name.
Muddy grounds slow Bonnaroo start | USA Today/Metromix: Heavy rains Wednesday turned the Bonnaroo fields into a soupy stew. Organizers spread sand and blocked off especially boggy spots, but some arriving vehicles still got stuck, slowing down the arrival process.
Bonnaroo 2010: Eleven Musical Acts to See | Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog: Bonnaroo isn’t known as a platform for Latin bands, but this year it will turn over a stage on Saturday from noon to 8:30 p.m. to the New York funk band Los Amigos Invisibles; Colombia’s Aterciopelados and Bomba Estereo; the electronic dance unit Mexican Institute of Sound; and Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible, whose seamless fusion of traditional Mexican music and electronica is as clever as it is fun. Fresh from performances in China and Mongolia, Ozomatli will serve as hosts and headline the event. Many of these alternative Latin bands have played Coachella, South by Southwest and other national festivals, but this concentrated showcase is a chance for fans to experience some dynamic musical hybrids that may be off their radars.
Excited Bonnaroo fans pack stages at festival's opening night | al.com: t Bonnaroo, there’s a special call almost anyone can shout and get a response. It’s simple, yell, "Bonnaroo." Immediately, hundreds of people will hoop and holler, clap and cheer and let out a burst of excitement. For many, the 365 days since last year’s festival concluded was simply too long to wait to get back to Bonnaroo.
Bonnaroo all about the experience | Daily News Journal: Here are a few things to check out, besides all those amazing performers.
Neon Indian lights up Bonnaroo | The Tennessean: If you've ever felt old at a rock show, odds are you'd feel like a geezer during Neon Indian's set at Bonnaroo Thursday night — it was near impossible to spot one attendee barely out of high school.
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