Bonnaroo Blows Out Candles For Sweet 16

Monday, June 12, 2017 - by Patrick O'Hagan

Sunday on The Farm marked the close of another Bonnaroo Music & Arts Fest. The last day of the four-day extravaganza filled with music and activities marked a special spot in the festival’s history – it’s sixteenth year of existence.

The first event on schedule was a special sneak peek screening of “Ingrid Goes West” at the Comedy & Cinema tent. Actor/producer Aubrey Plaza and writer/director Matt Spicer, along with co-writer David Smith were on site for the special event as well.

Tank and the Bangas got the music started at This Tent shortly after the movie screening. Flint Eastwood, stage name of Jax Anderson, played an early afternoon set at Who Stage. The Detroit pop artist had an extremely engaging set and really got the crowds pumping.

There was a greater mix of country music Sunday as well with acts such as Cam, Margo Price, Tucker Beathard, etc. Beathard’s set on the Who Stage featured a good deal of new up-and-coming country tunes, some of which like “Rock On” have been receiving quite a bit of radio airplay.

On the rock n’ roll side of things, English duo Royal Blood played a high-energy set on What Stage. Numerous mosh pits and crowd surfers kept popping up all over the main stage grounds. Royal Blood only features a drummer and bassist, but have the sound equivalence of a full rock group.

New Zealand pop sensation Lorde made a grand appearance on What Stage leading up to the final show of the festival. Her fans packed the stage early to be sure to get a good view of the electrifying set. Some technical difficulties on stage caused Lorde to have to stop during her first song. She apologized to the crowd and had to go back off stage until the problem was resolved thirty minutes later. Lorde was able to come back and play the full set and thanked the crowd several times for their patience and understanding. She commented that she had never been to a music festival that had so much love, positivity, and spirit as Bonnaroo.

The Weekend officially closed down the festival with the last headlining set on What Stage. As the lights went out over the stage the close to another year was placed in the books. As always the crowds left happy and eager already planning next year’s return to Manchester and the unique Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.  

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