5 moments to remember from jam-packed Bonnaroo
Tom Petty performs on Day 4 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Memories are a jumble walking out of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Days blend together, sound memories clash and surface. Hipster moustaches made from pink glow sticks haunt your dreams. And that smell. The horror.
A few things really stuck out this year, though, as we reviewed things following Tom Petty's rain-drenched, festival-closing 2 ½-hour set. Here's a look at five:
Rock 'n' roll will never die: Those who think rock 'n' roll is irrelevant or even dead need to pay a visit to the farm. It may be showing its age — eternally rocking Paul McCartney and Petty and The Heartbreakers were the two most prominent headliners — and electronica and hip-hop are elbowing their way in — witness start turns by Macklemore, Kendrick Lewis and A$AP Rocky, who brought more than 20,000 fans to a tent designed to hold 5,000. But it's really still rock 'n' roo.
Just ask Derek Vincent Smith, the DJ who performs as Pretty Lights. Smith had one of the most anticipated and well-attended events of the weekend early Saturday morning, spinning tunes for tens of thousands of wild, scantily clad and costumed revelers until nearly 4 a.m. He saw something interesting as he worked his way through his set, however.
"From my perspective, I really noticed a massive response to my classic rock remixes," Smith said. "So Bonnaroo hasn't changed too much, you know what I mean? My Pink Floyd remix, my Led Zeppelin remix, my Steve Miller Band, stuff like that, people went crazy. I wasn't initially planning on venturing into that territory, but I was trying to read the vibes."
Smith decided to spend parts of three days in middle Tennessee checking out the festival. He said it's been one of his best experiences.
"Everyone's there," Smith said. "It's not Coachella where everybody leaves and they go to their condo or whatever. Everyone's out there sweating, getting smelly together. Even with the electronica and hip-hop and all that really becoming a big part of it, it's always going to be a hippy festival in the end. That's awesome."
Macklemore is for real: Think the popularity of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is just a fad built on a novelty song? You should have seen their show Sunday at Bonnaroo. Filled with humor, non-stop energy and the duo's recent hits, including "Thrift Shop," the show was something of a revelation.