5 Cool Things Witnessed on Bonnaroo 2013 Saturday
Saturday, the busiest and possibly buzziest day of Manchester, Tennessee's four-day Bonnaroo festival, featured a slew of impressive performers, from Solange and Nas to Cat Power and the Lumineers. But who impressed the most? That's a pretty easy question to answer.
Here are five cool things that transpired on Bonnaroo day three:
Bjork Wore This Headdress
Iceland's favorite eccentric hit the What Stage looking like a cross between Hellraiser's Pinhead and one of those dandelion-shaped, touch-sensitive novelty lamps from Spencer's Gifts, thanks to her amazingly bizarre headpiece designed by Maiko Takeda. It was a look that probably not even Lady Gaga could pull off, but it was pure, perfect Bjork. Bjork's face was almost entirely obscured, but her unmistakable, otherworldly voice behind all those glinty space-needles came through loud and clear. Thank heavens that a few professional photographers were allowed to disobey the sign requesting that no photos or videos be taken during the concert, so that this fantastically brain-prickling image can now exist on the Interweb.
Empire Of The Sun's Frontman Wore This Headdress
My new dream/goal in life: to go headwear-shopping with Bjork and Empire's Luke Steele someday. Why were these awesome above-the-neck looks not available for sale at the 'Roo merch booth?
R. Kelly Out-Kanye'd Kanye West
At 2011's Coachella festival, Kanye West arrived onstage via a mid-air crane. Not to be outdone, when R. Kelly played Bonnaroo this year, he made a similarly grand entrance, as he sang "Ignition" while standing in a cherry-picker basket suspended 40 feet above the Which Stage's illuminated question mark. (And he was accompanied by a choir, yet. And this was just his first song, mind you.) Kelly even later covered Kanye's "Flashing Lights," although it took him a few minutes to get around to that, since he seemed to have show-delaying, Spinal Tap-like technical difficulties making his way back down to the stage. (Forget about "Trapped in the Closet"…this was a case of being trapped in the crane!) Kelly concluded his over-the-top, comically epic set with a surprisingly enthusiastic crowd singalong of "I Believe I Can Fly," while hundreds of dove-shaped balloons were ejected into the night sky. And how else did Kelly top Kanye? Well, unlike Kanye at Bonnaroo 2008 (when 'Ye played an infuriating two hours late), Kelly was extremely punctual. An onstage jumbotron screen ran a NASA-style countdown clock before showtime, and the instant the countdown hit "R-minus zero," his concert launched. Well-played, R. Kelly. Well-played.