Even though a week has passed since the festival ended, I’m still basking in the afterglow of Bonnaroo 2012. It’s absolutely impossible to explain the amazingness of the four day, five night, mind-blowing event that is ‘Roo. Instead of trying to explain every experience and event regarding music as well as camping, I’ll just slap together a few of my favorite bands and performances that took me by surprise at the festival. Some of them are live, but unfortunately, many of the sets have not been posted online in a quality suitable for sharing.
I’m going to start out with a band that everyone and their mother says they enjoy, but I couldn’t seem to get into until last week. Radiohead is undoubtedly talented- but their mastery is truly showcased in their live performance. After all, how many bands can capture a crowd of 50,000+ people with such a mellow song? Enjoy “Give up the Ghost”:
Thursday night is usually filled with a roster of not-so-famous bands. This isn’t to say they aren’t popular- they just haven’t gotten as much media attention. So, typically my group spends Thursday evening wandering around and looking for new bands. This year, we stumbled (thanks to a few drinks back at camp) onto SOJA’s performance. Funny enough, they are DC based. Even though I’d heard of them, I’d never taken the time to listen to them. We had a ton of fun at their set, spending most of their hour and a half slot kicking up sand at the edge of the crowd and dancing our hearts out. Here’s “Sorry”:
I could keep going for a while about awesome bands, but I’ll leave it at four. Every year I’m reminded of how many more bands I could be listening to, and this year was no different.