There are between 50 and 80 thousand people on the farm during a Bonnaroo weekend. If you didn’t know… That’s a shitload of people! As the lineup has transformed over the years, so have the people who attend. Bonnaroo has become a very diverse group of people over the four years that we’ve been attending. The festival has strayed from its purely hippie and jam band roots, and moved towards an all-encompassing groovefest.
If there’s one thing for certain… Manchester, TN changes to one of the largest “cities” in Tennessee during Bonnaroo weekend. With the changes in music, you not only have the hippies and the wookies, but you also have the scenesters, the indie kids, “fratboys,” and even some metalheads (GWAR!!!). Some dig the changes and some don’t. But then again, you have the choice. Either you go, or you don’t. Problem easily solved.
While at Roo, you’ll see some crazy shit. Many people lose (or find) themselves. Even more people just get lost in the virtual undulating sea of the Roo life. For the most part, the people are good. Some people are just there to take advantage or rip off the discombobulated. (Yeah, I just used that word.) You’ve gotta watch your ass a lot of the time while you’re there, but that will happen anywhere. No matter what, you’re going to see things that you’ll see no where else in the world.
Keep an open mind, and your senses will quickly be overcome by the diversity of Bonnaroo’s people and culture.