"Bonnaroo" is Creole slang for "a really good time", and that's pretty much the vibe you can expect at this year's edition of the renowned festival. Taking place June 7th to 10th at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN, it's got an amazing line-up: whether you're into rap, disco, R&B or even stadium rock, there's something here for you. You can look at the full line-up here, and check out our picks below.
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
With his 2016 album Malibu carving its place as a favorite among critics and fans alike, the uplifting rap-meets-funk-meets-soul-meets-jazz is truly something else. The Californian's new music is - perhaps predictably - really exciting, and we think this show with his band, the Free Nationals, is pretty much unmissable.
Amadou & Mariam
This Malian music duo (and married couple) have been making funky fusion jams that sparkle with sunshine since as far back as 1974. With each year the pair's music gets more accomplished and shiny and fun - their latest album, last year's La Confusion was a gorgeous slice of afropop. If you want a good, euphoric dance, you'll want to get to this.
If you want psychedelia in 2018, down under is the place for it: and thankfully Pond, a band at the forefront of the blossoming Australian scene will be making an appearance. Sharing members with fellow Oz hippies Tame Impala, their kaleidoscopic guitar sounds are very much worth catching this weekend.
- I’ve learned to open up a lot. There are so many things bottled-up inside of me...
- There’s no band that’s bigger than Glastonbury, and you can’t say that about any other festivals.
- We were so f***ing sick of the songs from the first record that it started to hurt to play shows.
- Subjecting yourself to rejection and criticism and other people’s expectations: that’s not why I started.
- It’s hard to be a young woman in this industry because you get judged so much more easily.
- We didn’t want to feel ashamed of being a guitar band.