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|By BRUCE HUTCHINGS
STATIC and FEEDBACK correspondent
Summer is just around the corner and means the beginning of the
music festival sesason, and speficically, Bonnaroo.
Bonnaroo is held in Manchester, Tenn. (one hour south of Nashville), a
quaint town with a Wal-Mart, Wafflehouse, truckstops and a couple of
hotels and campgrounds. If you drove through it, you wouldn’t think you
would miss much, but from June 16-18, it becomes the third largest
“city” in Tennessee.
A history of festies
I would like to tell you a little about myself. First, this will be my 5th
festival — three Bonnaroos, Phish’s finale in Coventry, Vt., and
Gathering of the Vibes in upstate N.Y. I still consider myself fairly new
to the scene, but with a few under my belt, I have a faint idea on what to
expect. Once you are on (or even near) the festival grounds anything,
and everything can and will happen.
The first two Bonnaroo experiences that I have been a part of were
incredible. I was able to partake in this massive shin dig for one
reason and one reason only; Clean Vibes. Clean Vibes is imperative to
a festival. They (myself included) are responsible for setting up,
maintaining and cleaning up the trash and recycling that is collected or
sadly (and aggravating) left behind.
The Clean Vibes crew members responsibility include working 10 hour
shifts spreading the good word of recycling. Even with this work load I
still have plenty of time to get down and schwilly! (If you don’t want to
work during the festival, you can always volunteer and work a couple of
days after the show; you will receive a ticket free of charge for your
“hard work”). Music surrounds you while you are on the festival
grounds, whether they be on the main stages (all 5 of them: What
Stage, Which Stage, This Tent, That Tent, The Other Tent), or an
impromptu drum circle in the campgrounds. I love experiencing the
festival in this spectrum; rather than staying on your campsite waiting
for the artists to get on stage, mix it up and meet the people.
|A day in the life at Bonnaroo:
■ Start the day off without enough
sleep. Stretch and greet your
neighbors that have either just
woken up or just made it back to
■ Make yourself a Bloody Mary, to
give you that extra kick in the pants,
as you greet the sun to wake yourself
up. Relive what shenanigans took
place the night prior.
■ Make yourself that instant oatmeal,
or walk down Shakedown to get your
grilled cheese or egg sandwiches
(Just watch out for the passed out
■ Relax; You have a LONG day/night
ahead of you. Apply some sun
screen, drink some water.
■ Hit up the first stage of the day, play
Frisbee with your new friends.
■ Sit back, relax, drink more water,
and apply more sunscreen. Walk to
Centeroo, see the information booth,
meet up with friends, etc.
■ Hit up a music stage; start dancing!
■ Pick up some trash and recycling
to be a good role model.
■ Lather, rinse and repeat (minus
the whole cleansing part).