Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
We were far from home. Having left New York City in the middle of the night, my buddy Ryan and I drove 13 hours through the night to find ourselves lost in a sea of 80,000 people...
We were far from home. Having left New York City in the middle of the night, my buddy Ryan and I drove 13 hours through the night to find ourselves lost in a sea of 80,000 people in the middle of a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN; we had made it to Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and we were ready for four days of absolute shenanigans.
Bonnaroo is a festival - first introduced back in 2002 - that prides itself in bringing in an eclectic mix of music on their three main stages, which were humorously dubbed "This Tent," "That Tent," and "The Other Tent." The line-up this year ranged from indie rock, dance DJs, metal, classic rock, Hip-Hop, and jam. Some artists included in the line-up were Feist, Foster the People, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flogging Molly, Danzig, Skillrex, Ludacris, Yelawolf, and Alice Cooper. With such an array of musical genres, you could only imagine the mix of colorful people I got to run into with my camera.
As soon as we arrived early that first morning in camp, I barely took a minute to shut an eye; I was off and running with my camera. I had reached out to some indie bands and wanted to scope their ink. Along the way, I ran into dozens of fans from all walks of earth, coming from all corners of the country to camp out, tap out of reality, and listen to great music and meet interesting people. Their ink tells a story in itself.
My next four days consisted of running around from This Tent, That Tent, and The Other Tent, scoping the different bands that were brought in and the crowds they attracted. I had the pleasure of shooting Matt Hensley and Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly and their colorful ink. Not to mention being up-close and personal in the photo pits to shoot Yelawolf in all his tattoo glory. But the most interesting of all during my stay in Manchester, TN, were meeting the people along the way; dancing in fields, grubbing out at the Food Truck Oasis, having some micro brews at the Broo'ers Festival, and just slummin' around camp side.
All in all, Bonnaroo was a rockin' time and I got to quench my thirst for hearing new music, meeting new people, and scoping some beautiful ink. I will definitely be going back for the next go-round.
Photos and article by JJ Ignotz