Tuesday, June 16, 2009

3 Bonnaroo failures and successes

- Getting in The communication between festival workers, local authorities and festival-goers was weak and ill-organized. One example: My group was delayed at least two hours (out of the eight we waited) because no one told that we were in the RV lane.
- The sound from That Tent is too soft. Merle Haggard was ruined.
- Sight lines Which stage and This, That, and Other tents were not conducive to a festival environment because of the poor sightlines. You had to stand to see any acts in these venues, even in the grass beyond the immediate area. Dancing is great, but at three in the afternoon and at 85 degrees, sometimes you just want to sit and watch a concert - not people's legs. The What stage is a great success in this area, with the stage visible for tired folks sitting way back on the lawn.

+ Incoming security for Centeroo Security guards struck a good balance between rigorously searching some and keeping the line moving. Considering that there were constantly thousands of people waiting to get into Centeroo, this was one example where the hot and cold of Bonnaroo security actually worked.
+ The wristband is perfect - durable, colorful, immediately recognizable without getting in the way.
+ Layout of Centeroo I was never more than a 15 minute walk from any stage - and that's with blisters. This is huge when you are at Merle Haggard and need to get to Snoop Dogg before he plays "Jump Around".


  1. (cumulative Bonnaroo comment)

    All of your Bonnaroo posts are fabulous! I'm glad you had such a great time, and such diverse experiences. :]

    Jealous that you saw Snoop Dogg, and I'm glad Jenny Lewis was good too! When I saw Rilo Kiley they were pretty uninspiring.

  2. Thanks for the comment :) I wish I'd been able to see more of Snoop Dogg - I had to miss it to see Neko Case and say goodbye to a friend.

  3. I wanted to gooo! Looks l ike you had fun. How did you like Neko Case? My friends thought she was amaaaazing and haven't stopped talking about her since


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