The 13th incarnation of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival came to a close on Sunday, June 15. Four days of music, comedy, cinema and artistic expression were digested by roughly 100,000 attendees with Sir Elton John giving a rambunctious two-hour set to conclude this years festival. Hip-hop, rock (and its many sub-genres), EDM, folk, R&B and the list goes on, Bonnaroo had something for everyone.
Other highlights from Sunday’s activity included a blissful bluegrass Superjam hosted by Ed Helms, a strong performance by the vastly underrated Arctic Monkeys, and The Avett Brothers fitting the mold that originally inspired the creation of Bonnaroo. It was their fifth appearance and they were gushing with enthusiasm–as were their fans.
Fans continued to debate Kanye West a couple days removed from his Friday night set. Graffiti art on the walls displayed the disapproval of some, mocking Kanye’s diatribe on the press. Love him or hate him, he definitely made a lasting impression. More reinforcement that anything can happen on The Farm.
Check out photo highlights from Sunday’s performances; and follow the links below to similar recaps from the other three days.
Quirky lyrics and ridiculously catchy guitar hooks have catapulted the Arctic Monkeys to superstar status in the U.K. Things have progressed slower in the U.S. but the band has been making inroads here as well. They’ve been afforded a headline slot at this year’s Lollapalooza and they absolutely rocked Bonnaroo on Sunday afternoon.
The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers can be described by many terms but “pure musicianship” is a fitting descriptor. Combining elements from Americana into a unique fusion, they’re vocal harmonies and energetic stage presence can attest to their strong following on the What Stage on Sunday.
Brian Burton has a golden touch–from Danger Mouse to his wide-ranging production work. Broken Bells incorporate Bee Gees caliber vocal harmonies with transcendent electronic rhythms. Their set on the What Stage provided a soothing peacefulness between the upbeat Motown vibe of Fitz and the Tantrums and the energetic closing show by Wiz Khalifa.
Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg has a way with words, leading fans through a lyrical journey derived from his debut album, “Trap Lord.” The typical hip-hop references to drugs, women and home turf as he rolled through “Murda Something” and “Kissin’ Pink.”
Ed Helms Superjam
Ed Helms showed his affinity for bluegrass while playing Andy Bernard on the hit television series The Office. In a reprise of his 2013 Bonnaroo Superjam, Helms returned to lead another session on banjo and proctored That Tent during the entire day of bluegrass artists.
There are few performers with the charisma and capabilities of Elton John. The man behind The Red Piano capped off an amazing long weekend of music, closing out the Which Stage on Sunday. He showered the assembled mass with an onslaught of hits, from “Rocket Man” to “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” there was not a single lull during his set.
Capital Cities generated a great deal of fanfare when “Safe and Sound” literally exploded on both pop and alternative radio. Time will tell if they’ll follow the direction of Imagine Dragons or succumb to the one-hit wonders of the world.