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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival delivers strong lineup and one-of-a-kind experience

For the 18th year in a row, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival delivered a jam-packed four days of music, art, food and fun.

The 2019 lineup featured big names like Childish Gambino, Post Malone, The Lumineers and Phish, along with a wide array of smaller artists.

Musical acts performed across six main stages, along with other smaller venues throughout the campgrounds — including a Christmas-themed barn-turned-club and a dance floor in the middle of the woods. The unique atmosphere of each stage turned great music into unforgettable experiences.

From Kacey Musgraves’ performance of “Golden Hour” at golden hour to The Lumineers’ touching Father’s Day tribute to special performances at Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams’ Sanctuary of Self Love, the festival was filled with moving moments that demonstrated the power of music to unite, inspire and empower.

Music fans from all across the country also got a little extra taste of Nashville’s music scene with performances from the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville-based artists like Kacey Musgraves, John Prine, Patrick Droney and Sun Seeker. Campers could also experience Nashville food and culture at The Ville plaza, which featured local vendors, shows put on by Whiskey Jam and Lightning 100 and a special “I Believe in Bonnaroo” mural.

And though the festival lineup was incredible, spanning a vast number of musical genres, Bonnaroo is about so much more than just music.

When not attending shows, people flocked to attractions like the iconic Bonnaroo ferris wheel, cooled off in a mini waterpark or relaxed in the shade with hammocks. They also had the opportunity to shop, sample delicious food and try activities spanning from yoga to free arcade games to comedy shows.

Bonnaroo is also committed to using its platform to create a global impact, a fact that was clear in the Planet Roo area of the festival grounds. Nonprofit booths gave festival-goers the opportunity to register to vote, learn about the global AIDS crisis, help fight world hunger and more.

The Bonnaroo Works Fund also donates a portion of every ticket purchased to a variety of charities working to improve the world through “the arts, education, sustainability and social significance,” according to its website.

Article written by Bronte Lebo. Photos by Bronte Lebo and Caitlin Alexander.

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