Our Picks: Best of Bonnaroo 2014
There is no doubt in my mind that this year’s 4-day, open-24/7 music festival has finally cemented in my mind as a spectacular one of a kind experience. This is the year that saw Skrillex play a third set at 7 in the morning to about 20 people. Skrillex hater or not you had to feel some major love when he yelled out, “Good morning, Bonnaroo,” directly to you. And this just a mere 4 hours after the impressive Skrillex SuperJam that saw the likes of Warpaint, Cage the Elephant frontman, Big Gigantic, Zedd, Janelle Monae, Robby Krieger, Mystikal and Lauren Hill’s encore come together on one stage as the eclectic, unique and badass reason Bonnaroo is one of America’s biggest and baddest festivals.
Best Dance Party:
Darkside – Saturday, That Ten – 2:30 am
Does anyone else remember that light bridge beamy thing going on during their show? Not going to lie I danced my ass off silly with the never ending drop employed in their sets.
Best Home-Town Hero:
Diarrhea Planet – Friday, Miller Lite New Music on Tap Tent – 12:45 am
I have seen Diarrhea Planet a million times at 529 in East Atlanta and they impress me each time. I say home-town hero because the punk rockers are actually four guitarists from Nashville. This is a band that demands to be seen live.
Skrillex and Friends Superjam – Saturday, This Tent – 12:00 am
Any festival that can get a jam session going between… is undoubtedly going to be the highlight of the weekend. Lauren Hill’s “Jammin’” steels my pick for best cover from a Superjam filled with legend after legend of hit songs.
Best Yet Hated Performance/ Worst Stage Setup:
Kanye West – Friday, What Stage – 10:00 pm
“When I talk that, it’s so that you can talk that shit. If you a fan of me, you a fan or your mother******’ self. You can do something that change the world.” Kanye himself was a huge talking point of the year if half of it was not fueled by the 2008 fiasco and the obvious unwillingness of many one-lovers to not look past it and see his set as one of a performer just doing his thing. Love him or hate him he puts on a hell of show and many can’t deny feeling like they’ve been to his self-proclaimed church of Yeezus.
Best Motivational Artist:
Wiz Khalifia – Sunday, Which Stage – 8:00 pm
- “Even if you don’t smoke, whatever you have going on in your mind, that’s what’s gonna change the world.”
- “If you believe you can do anything in the world, say yeah.”
- “Ain’t nobody gonna understand you like you understand yourselves. The world’s gonna be alright, because this generation is using their minds to move forward… y’all are creative minds.”
“So what we get drunk?
So what we smoke weed?
We’re just having fun
We don’t care who sees
So what we go out?
That’s how it’s supposed to be
Living young and wild and free”
Listening to “Young, Wild & Free,” literally right now. Bruno Mars sings this part, but it is such a great hook and I know I’m ready to party with Wiz ‘tonight!’
Best of the Best – My Personal Favorite:
Little Dragon – Sunday, The Other Tent – 7:30 pm
Yukimi always kills it on stage and this time was no different. She came out wearing the most gorgeous fluffy red, yellow, white, blue and black striped skirt that floated around her while she danced and made the entire crowd just come alive. She ended with Twice only making me wish for another hour of her mesmerizing voice.
Best New Interest:
J Roddy Walston & The Business – Thursday, This Tent – 11:30 pm
I will not lie I had no idea who this was when my friend drug us away from Polica for this show, but notice Polica is not on my list and J. Roddy is. The front man comes on stage and immediately yells,” Let’s get drunk. Let’s get weird,” and that is exactly what we didi.
Best Yet Longest Set:
Jack White – Saturday, What Stage – 10:45 pm
I have always liked Jack White’s performances, but no one I was with did. So going into this show I was a little bit skeptical of how it would go down. I have never seen him throw out that southern charm like he did at Bonnaroo! He was more spirited than I have ever seen him and his Tennessee twang was beautiful! Unfortunately I was so excited to hear a little song called Seven Nation Army, but after two full hours of his show my group was ready to move on. Great show, but sadly missed the encore because it was incredibly long. Love that all of his shows seem to be a of-the-moment setlist though and he is way better at that now that when I saw him at Outside Lands in 2012.
Best of Bonnaroo 2014 Runner’s Up List:
Best New Addition: Kalliope Stage – Always open, Near Food Truck Oasis
Best Never gets old set: The Flaming Lips – Saturday, Which Stage – 12:30 am
Best Artists Outfit: Goat – Sunday, The Other Tent – 2:45 pm
Best Food Truck: The Big Cheese – In Food Truck Oasis
Best Sigh of Relief: Broo’rs Tent