Bonnaroo

words & photos by Randy Cremean

A lot has changed at Bonnaroo over the nine years I've attended the festival. Most notably, the focus has clearly shifted from jam bands and roots music to EDM and hip-hop. Hell, The Other Tent was conveted into a large stage and focuses solely on that new paradigm. The change is understandable as a new generation of music fans means new priorities in how people spend their money on entertainment. That said, it's been all too easy for crusty old festival-goers like myself to paint this new Bonnaroo crowd with large brush strokes. They aren't all neon-clad zombies tripping the night away to throbbing bass lines. One only need go into the crowd during Chance the Rapper and Lorde to understand the spirit of Bonnaroo is alive and well. These are kids who worship music. More importantly, they are respectful to the artists and their fellow fans. Bonnaroo is still the only place I can walk through a packed crowd, loaded with camera gear, and have people thank me for taking pictures. The more things change, the more they remain the same. For Bonnaroo, that's a good thing.

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Photos: Bonnaroo 2017, Thursday w/ The Lemon Twigs, The Orwells, EDEN, Mondo Cozmo, July Talk, Dermot Kennedy, Hippo Campus, Welles, Luke Combs

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Photos: Bonnaroo 2017, Friday w/ U2, The xx, Tove Lo, Kaleo, Car Seat Headrest, Leon, Kevin Morby, Walker Lukens

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Photos: Bonnaroo 2017, Saturday w/ Chance the Rapper, Cage the Elephant, Future Islands, Tegan & Sara, Deap Vally, Jon Bellion, DJ Mel

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Photos: Bonnaroo 2017 w/ Lorde, Royal Blood, Milky Chance, Margo Price, White Reaper, CAM