Bonnaroo Music Festival 2013    June 13-16, 2013    Manchester, TN

I’m sorry to the other music festivals, but I must say that Bonnaroo is my absolute favorite U.S. festival. The atmosphere of Bonnaroo is something that just cannot be found at any other festival that I have been to in the United States. I don’t even care about the bands who play at the festival (that’s not true, just trying to make a point), it’s the people who attend Bonnaroo that make the festival the magical weekend that it is. But also, I do care about the bands. My musical experience at Bonnaroo has also been incredible. Two of my most treasured memories with bands took place at Bonnaroo. The first was Arcade Fire at 2011 and the second was Radiohead at 2012. Both of these headliners managed to take the energy of Bonnaroo, amplify it, and send it right back to the people. These two bands created an atmosphere that cannot be compared to anything else that I have ever experienced. Somehow they confined all the onlookers into one entity, making all of us feel as if we were getting a private show from these massive acts. If that sounds weird, so be it. Bonnaroo’s weird. Bonnaroo is many things. And today, Bonnaroo is back.

In a rather impressive campaign, Bonnaroo have managed to create quite the buzz for their Lineup Announcement Megathon today. With Daniel Tosh and Weird Al Yankovic (did you guys know he still existed?) announcing the lineup, they managed to absolutely top last year’s list of bands, and then some. Topping the bill we have the brilliantly popular Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Then throw into the mix a bit of Bjork, R. Kelly (!), and Wu-Tang Clan and that shows what Bonnaroo’s always about. They always have the greatest mix of bands, for young and for old. I’m just going to run through a few more names that I am looking forward to: the ever-incredible The National (does this mean new album?!), Grizzly Bear, Father John Misty, Earl Sweatshirt, Alt-J, Reptar, and Matthew E. White. Uh, we’re lucky.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 23 at 12pm EST at $234.50 a piece, until those get sold out, then the price level goes up. Snatch ’em up quick!

Written by Rupert Hudson

Yes, I was named after famous british polar bear Rupert. In fact, I was named after a cat that was named after that cartoon bear. This is exactly the reason why I’d have to say an orange cat is my spirit animal. Though, it’s kind of more like this cat is my spirit goddess. My spirit animal is a bit more like a grizzly duck, which is a grizzly bear with a duck’s beak. Two reasons: 1) When I wake up I am angry and grumble a lot, like a grizzly bear but once I wake up I am (usually) friendly and I quack a lot, and 2) I own a sweater with a grizzly bear on it and one with a duck on it. I am obviously obsessed with music and everything to do with music. I have been to over 80 concerts, I am in a band called One Two Skidoo, and I also co-host a radio show of that same name on WUSC. I was born in a country called London (I would say England, but you Americans seem to be set on the fact that England is only London). I was actually born in Brighton, England, but I don’t wanna confuse you too much so we’ll say I’m from London. I then moved to a super freezing area of Canada. You’re probably thinking “but all of Canada is super freezing!”. That’s not true. Well, kind of not true. I do that school thing at the University of South Carolina, and I write about music on this website, obviously. David Stringer is my hero.

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