If you read part two, you know that we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning on Friday, which means that waking up to that oven-roasting sensation at 8am on Saturday was not pleasant. I started the day with a pounding headache that even the magical powers of my Acai berry juice could not fix.
Moments after singing When My Time Comes, my time came...for hair washing.
They even braided it up nicely for us.
Nikee does NOT have a funky bun on her head. That is just the top of someone else's head. :)
Sunday morning we woke up to the sound of water falling on the tent. It wasn't a pleasant way to wake up, considering how much we were looking forward to Sunday's lineup. If you recall, I was terrified of it raining during Bonnaroo. But what was I going to do? Just go home? Of course not. We shrugged it off, packed our ponchos and chose the shoes we cared least about.
First stop that day was Grouplove. Again, the tent was packed but we still hung out around to hear them play. This was also the day we decided it would be best to arm ourselves with a good beer buzz on account of the mud and wet everything. So that was a fun start to the day.
After Grouplove, we headed over to What Stage together. The sky behaved itself all day and held the rain at bay while also protecting us from the brutal sun.
Then it was time for The Beach Boys.
The Beach Boys, people!
Kokomo, Surfin' USA, Good Vibrations, California Girls...
We heard them all. Honestly, I didn't expect to enjoy The Beach Boys so much. It was freaking fantastic! We boogied our butts off for a good hour.
My personal priority was Bon Iver. From the get-go, I knew I had to see Bon Iver no matter what. Nicole's priority was Fun.. I hated to split up like that, but there was no way around it. So I hung around What Stage so I could move my way up and get a good spot to see my favorite band while Nikee claimed her spot at one of the tents to see her favorite band.
Bon Iver was...ugh...amazing. Just amazing. I knew they were, but I was skeptical as to how they would sound live on such a big stage. To my very pleased surprise, they sounded even better live than recorded. It was pure bliss. They played all my favorites and I chanted the lyrics to Skinny Love along with my new friends. The best part had to be when Justin Vernon asked the crowd to sing along to the refrain "what might have been lost" in the song Wolves. He requested that we, and I quote, "bust a whole in the sky". I'm pretty sure we did. It was the #1 Bonnaroo moment for me.
After Bon Iver finished playing, it was a mass exodus as everyone headed out to see one of three amazing bands: The Shins, Young the Giant, and Fun.. My first choice was The Shins. However, since I was going it alone at that moment, I chose to wander around to all three and see how they all compared judging by their live performances.
Of course, The Shins are...well, The Shins. They are one of my favorite bands of all time, and seeing James Mercer live was pretty incredible. Their tent was pretty full, but I was still able to get a good spot. Still, I only stuck around for a couple songs. It was just that they were a little mellow, and I just finished listening to a whole hour of mellow, and I wanted something more so I headed out to see what Fun. was up to.
|The Shins at Which Stage|
|The crowd around Fun.'s tent|
|Young the Giant moving the crowd|
We shared stories and pictures and then decided that we would prefer leaving that night rather than staying until morning. Neither of us could stand the thought of another night in that tent, especially with the rain returning.
So, we walked through the Bonnaroo gateway for the last time. It was a bittersweet goodbye.
I will give my final thoughts, share some tips and videos later this week. But for now, that is the Bonnaroo 2012 story from start to finish! Hope you enjoyed reading about our adventure.
Read my tips and final thoughts here.