Happy Roo, And Saturday Too

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - by Patrick O'Hagan

The music didn’t technically start until 1:15 p.m. Saturday, but campers could easily hear an early morning sound check by Red Hot Chili Peppers around 8:30 am this morning. Even without the scheduled acts on stage, Centeroo was bustling with early morning activity. Bonnaroovians were scattered all over the grounds heading to showers and getting breakfast.

The Fifth First Annual Roo Run was one of the first official events of the morning, and started in the campground area with a 9:00 am start time.

Runners were given the option of three special divisions to group into – Fast, Medium, and Slow. As the tradition continues, many of the hundreds of runners chose to dress in costume to add a little extra entertainment to the event. Chickens, Cows, Unicorns, and even the movie character Elf decided to join in on the activities.

As the sun rose above Bonnaroo so did the temperature with a high of 85. That’s still not too bad considering some of the past sweltering heats Bonnaroo has endured.

A few highlights from the day included Nashville-based Coin, which played an early set on Which Stage. Rainbow Kitten Surprise followed that set with Tegan & Sara after that.

English soul singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka played a 6:45 set at This Tent. Kiwanuka has been compared to the all the late greats of soul music, but really had his own persona and charisma.

Chance the Rapper drew a huge crowd on What Stage, leading up to the night’s big rock n’ roll acts – Cage the Elephant on Which Stage and 10:00, and Red Hot Chili Peppers at What Stage at 11:00. Both of those groups packed in the crowds and pumped up the energy.

And of course for those night owls at Bonnaroo there were special late night sets by Flume at 12:45 am, and Marshmello at 2:00 am.

With a wrap on Saturday night, the Sweet 16 Bonnaroo celebration is still not over. A full day of activities and sets are still to come for Sunday. Get ready for Royal Blood, Umphrey’s McGee, Milky Chance, Lorde, The Weekend and much more.  

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