Bonnaroo 2017: Sunday
High Temp: 86°F Low Temp: 61°FSunday! How is it already Sunday?
I feel good, despite not getting enough sleep. Today is the hottest day yet and the sun gets me up early. Good ventilation in the tent though and the zero gravity chair does the trick for comfortable napping.
I charge my gear. That's my challenge this year and beyond, power. Sure, I could run my car for a couple hours every day but that's an expensive phone charger. Plus, it's no fun for tent campers nearby. Centeroo now offers multiple options for charging, both free and paid, but aside from the Chargr company, you can't carry your phone with you. I brought an energy brick and two smaller reservoirs which kept me going until Saturday morning. The five Chargr batteries will ultimately see me through but it's gonna be close. Gotta be more self sufficient.
Time to eat and nap. Then it's time to go inside!
Fun band that proclaims themselves 'the greatest American band in the world' which you just have to love. I sat in the mist tent in the back and it sounded just fine.
|How does this happen?|
|The struggle is real, friends|
|Housing is a human right|
Royal Blood at The What Stage
One of the bands I'm most looking forward to seeing. And they're great. The crowd is active and into it. Highly recommend.
|To Write Love On Her Arms. Thank you, whoever you are. #twloha|
It's easy to get in trouble in this heat. I caught up with Dustin, who follows me on social media, and talked about this very thing. "This is my third year sober at Roo," he said. "I came here back in 2011 and went out of control. I can't tell you who played because I completely blacked out. I enjoy being here sober ... you see so much more of the festival. I would encourage everyone to try it."
While I'm not the poster child of sobriety at Bonnaroo, I always try to maintain good self awareness. I drink a ton of water throughout the day. And aside from a beer or two as I walk into Centeroo, I wait until sunset before imbibing, and even then, with moderation. Find what works for you and have fun!
Milky Chance and Crystal Castles: I enjoyed these sets while getting food and some coffee ice cream. Both bands sounded great in their own respects.
And then Lorde showed up.
For a minute anyway, until her tech went down twice for a total of 30 minutes. "Lorde will return shortly to play her entire set," they announced. Return she did, with great zeal. She and her dancers consumed the entire stage in movement giving a great visual interpretation to accompany the music. She really belted it out and left the stage saying, “Bonnaroo, I’m so in love with you!” Us too, Lorde. Welcome to the Farm.
Time to leave. Passing the exit and, once again, there is a crowd stripping the arch of the shiny tags as souvenirs. Really? Vandalism is ok because of the cost of your ticket? In great words of the band, Puscifer, "You fucking disappoint me."
Showers are open all night as is the ice truck. Lots of folks are packing down their tents and cars start to file out to the road. The hum of activity like when we arrived is back though much softer.
I hand out stickers and high fives and wishes of good cheer. Back at the site, I'm having a nightcap and getting ready for bed. The neighbors behind me have just ingested acid and are waiting for the effects to begin. I put in my ear plugs and fall asleep just as they all start getting the giggles. Happy trails, campers. Wait, it's Sunday, right?