There's a lot to love about Bonnaroo. This four-day camping and music festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., is celebrating its 9th year, attracting music mavens and rock and roll fanatics with its lineup of more than 150 artists. Check out our killer VIP package for your front-row seat. But it's not just the awesome music that draws the crowds; Bonnaroo is known for its wide range of activities and sites, like yoga in Centeroo and hair-washing at the Bonnaroo Salon (yes, hair washing). From a Brooklyn-based band to the Ben & Jerry's stand, here's our favorite events happening this year at the Roo...
Eminem: He may not be your typical hippie-fest headliner, which is exactly why Eminem is our #1 not-to-miss performance at this year's Bonnaroo. Eminem has just released another single from Recovery, his seventh studio album, and we're betting that his performance will have some surprise guests.... come on, Daft Punk!
Beard and Mustache Contest: This hairy event will be held daily at the Solar Stage. Contestants can show off their 'staches (real and fake) and get their photo taken for posterity. The winner of each category — Beard, Mustache, Freestyle Facial Hair, Beard/Mustache combo — will win VIP tickets to Bonnaroo 2012.
Roo Food: The Jetsetter package includes catering from TomKats, but a Bonnaroo experience would not be complete without a visit to one of the famed food carts. Our picks: Ben & Jerry’s Bonaroo Buzz Ice Cream (coffee and malt ice creams with a whiskey caramel swirl and English toffee pieces), Spicy Pizza (also found at Coachella) and Jalapeno Corn Dogs.
Buffalo Springfield: Be sure to catch the influential 1960s North American rock group best known for For What It’s Worth and Mr. Soul. Surviving members Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Neil Young will take to the stage with newer members Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale (Crosby, Stills & Nash) for the first time at Bonnaroo Music Festival — the current iteration of this group, known for its personnel changes over the last half-century, has only performed once before.
Bonnaroo Salon: For the last five years, Garnier Fructis has been keeping patrons fresh with complimentary hair-washing. It might sound crazy, but hey, this is Bonnaroo — and after the first few days of camping, your scalp will be dying for some love. So do as the loyalists do and get it scrubbed!
My Morning Jacket: During a four-hour set at Bonnaroo 2008, this band from Kentucky became ‘Roo legends. Starting at midnight in the pouring rain, their epic 35-song performance included guest appearances by Kirk Hammett of Metallica and comedian Zach Galifianakis — who knows what their 2011 performance will bring?
Mumford and Sons: After months on the festival circuit, Mumford & Sons will perform at Bonnaroo in what is arguably one of this year’s most anticipated performances. The surprisingly British folk band, made up of Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane, won wider recognition this year after a Grammy performance with none other than Bob Dylan. The band is sure to give their cult-like fans an energetic show with folksy favorites like Little Lion Man.
Yoga: When all that festival fun takes its toll, wake up to a body-and-mind-limbering yoga blowout, Bonnaroo style. Two classes will be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings on the Solar Stage starting at 9:00 a.m. by Gypsy Hands.
Silent Disco: It's the world's most famous wireless dance party, and one of Bonnaroo's most beloved attractions. Simply stop by, put on a pair of stereophones and listen as live DJs spin into the night. Basically you get to have a one-person dance party to the song inside your head.
Cinema Tent: This tent is a life-saver on the particularly hot and humid days. With seating and air-conditioning, the on-site movie theater will feel like an oasis. Open 24 hours, the program consists of amazing films, documentaries, Q&As and other events.
For more on Bonnaroo check out our coverage from 2010!