It’s safe to say the majority of outdoor music events these days have taken their cues from Bonnaroo. “It’s America’s best-known camping festival,” says Bongiovanni. Since 2002, the event has grown from a laidback jam to a 24-hour carnival of activities—with movies, comedy, yoga classes, disco dancing, a retro arcade and more.
“I go out there every year, walk around the corner and say, ‘Gee, I didn’t know we were doing that,’” says co-founder Capps with a laugh. But music still takes center stage at the four-day festival, as evidenced by the popular late-night concerts that often stretch into the early morning. This year one of those slots belongs to the much-anticipated performance of The Dark Side of the Moon by the Flaming Lips.
[Summer Festivals / May 2010, M Music & Musicians]