With roughly 150 artists performing at Bonnaroo 2015, it’s easy to get swept up in the madness and to miss some pretty great acts. Here’s a list of some of my favorite performances (and songs) that I think you’d be sorry that you missed.
1. Moon Taxi
Moon Taxi was one of the first bands that I saw at Bonnaroo. All that I can say is that they made a LOT of people shake their groove thang. Their music is just plain fun (and perfect for your summer playlist).
Starting point — “Mercury”
2. Kacey Musgraves
Kacey’s was one of my favorite performances of the weekend. Everybody was singing along (especially to her hit “Merry Go Round”.) Kacey and her light-up cowgirl boots definitely lit up the stage.
Starting point — “Dime Store Cowgirl”
3. Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Admittedly, I went to see this band because A. I had some free time and B. their name sounded really cool. I’m really glad that I did. Their sound was one that I really appreciated. And even though I didn’t stay for the whole set, I was bopping around the whole time that I was there.
Starting point — “When You Get Back”
Yes, I had never heard of this band before either. But they had one of the more memorable performances of the weekend. And seeing the girl next to me sing every word to their song “Weekend” made my entire day.
Starting Point — “Weekend”
5. Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish is one of my favorite bands and I totally fan-girled when I saw them in the artist hospitality tent (I kept my cool, I promise). Naturally, I was front and center for their performance on Saturday. I was in the little artist section, and that was the fullest I’ve seen the section all weekend, except for the main artists. Lead singer Van McCann could not stop thanking the audience. Their set was definitely the highlight of my weekend.
Starting point — “Fallout”
6. Grey Season
Grey Season played the Who Stage, which is a smaller stage that is for “up and comers.” Their music was so folky and beautiful. Their team gave out free download cards and CDs, which was a great promotion idea. You’ll definitely be hearing a lot more of them, mark my words.
Starting point — “New Kind of Dirty”
Article by Kaitlyn Midgett