Best of Bonnaroo 2016: Haim, Andra Day, Crawfish, BonnaGrannies & More

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Though it was the first year Live Nation had fully taken over, Bonnaroo began and ended just as it always had for the past 15 years: with crawfish. The annual Manchester, Tennessee-based music and arts festival kicked off Thursday (June 9) night with a crawfish boil hosted by Chris "Shaggy" Davis of NOLA Crawfish King whose tent, refrigerated trucks and 4,000 pounds of crustaceans remained nestled in the woods among a sea of tents and pathways lit by string lights over the four day event. 

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Bonnaroo 2015

Those who have been to the farm before return for the same reasons. It's an escape to something close to a nirvana; escape from reality, love: 100K new best friends for four days straight, and of course the music. I'm going to go ahead and consider myself a Bonnaroo veteran with this being my third consecutive year. This year was arguably my least favorite lineup out of the last three years, but whatevs. It was also the hottest camping experience so far and our camp literally was about as far away as we could get (I really missed that Olay partnership with the girls only restrooms and vanity stations I was parked next to last year). But with all of that being said, none of the heat or bathroom situations really mattered. I still left with the same elated and positive feelings that I do every single year.

I can never say enough great things about this festival. You enter, set up, and become part of a "community" of people who want nothing more than to spread positivity and embrace four days of music and love. When you exit, you have a high that lasts you the rest of the summer. I hope a 4th year is in my future - but a RV may need to be in the works this time around... 

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Best shows of the weekend:
Tears for Fears (seriously.)
Run the Jewels
Kendrick Lamar
Robert Plant
Glass Animals
Alabama Shakes
Florence and the Machine 
De Lux
Jungle

Biggest Disappointment:
Billy Joel. What gives?