One mo’ ‘Roo 4 U, gentle BLURT readers! Go HERE for our coverage of last year’s event.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON
Bonnaroo 2019 was truly an experience to remember. In contrast to Bonnaroo’s trademark Tennessee heat, this year’s participants were welcomed to a much milder climate, of which only reaching low 80’s. As usual, Bonnaroo included up and coming acts, varying genres including rap, rock, indie, alternative, EDM, jam band, and Tennessee country. Despite the big names of Post Malone, Cardi B, Phish, and 2019 newcomer Juice WRLD, some of my favorite acts came from lesser known artists. Here are some of my favorite promising artists.
While their names seem unfamiliar, many of these performers will likely become household names in the months to come. Donna Missal is pop artist hailing from the garden state of New Jersey. Her soft calming voice complements very well with the smooth drum beats common in her music. In addition to her musical ability, she gave an immaculate performance in front of hundreds of intrigued listeners. She goes down as my favorite breakout artist from the festival. Friday Pilot’s Club is quickly making mainstream rock popular again. Their classic 90’s pop-rock sound combined with modern beats and hard-hitting guitar strums easily make them one of the best acts from Bonnaroo. Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers provided a down to earth feel at the event. The band is in their own genre with an emotional old school spoken word rap sound and the teenager nervousness expressed in his vocals. His music has been given a major popularity boost after being featured on the lyric explanation Youtube channel Genius.
Bonnaroo also hosted many non-musical events as well. Attendees are greeted to an Alice in Wonderlandesque clock to take pictures with or purely admire. There were also many 80’s arcade games including the classic Pinball machine. The wooden pathway connecting these events also led to an interactive painting wall as well as a car to paint. As you leave these events you can hear the vibrant music through the tree line to ultimately invite you to the dance party stage. These are just a few of the pop up events that added to Bonnaroo’s campground feel.
Any good music festival has its fair share of headliners. And Bonnaroo sure showed it this year by selling out for the first year since 2013. This accomplishment was aided by the melodic voice of Post Malone, the fierce Hip-Hop style of Cardi B, and the breakup tunes of Juice WRLD. The Event also included the comedy rap sensation, as well as frequent Chris Brown collaborator, Lil Dicky, jam band Phish, as well as their genre relatives The Nationals. Rap Legends Gucci Mane and Childish Gambino were some other well-known acts. Bonnaroo brought out many thrilling EDM acts providing the experience to dance to sun up with many surprising DJ performances. as well as throwing in a couple of metal bands, Gojira and DeafHeaven, which confused many of the event’s seasoned veterans while still drawing large crowds.
No different than the years before, Bonnaroo provided an amazing and diverse selection of musical excellence. This is a guaranteed way to keep your fanbase coming back year after year. I can’t wait to see what this iconic festival has in store for next year. Enjoy these pictures until next year!
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Friday Pilots Club
Magic City Hippies
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Riders in the Sky
The Lonely Island
The Nude Party
Walk the Moon