The big fish in the festival pond lived up to its reputation this weekend. With a gigantic lineup and even bigger headliners, Bonnaroo 2014 went down as a resounding success. Most surprisingly, Bonnaroo proved to its peers that you can have a successful festival in 2014 without booking Outkast as a headliner. Hit the jump for seven of the best moments at this year’s festival.
7 Best Moments of Bonnaroo 2014
Skrillex’s star-studded superjam
The “superjam” has become a staple at Bonnaroo, but this was one for the books. Dubstep superstar Skrillex called in the big guns with a lineup that featured Janelle Monáe, Lauryn Hill, The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, A$AP Ferg and many more. The set featured a lot of covers, but the highlight came when Cage the Elephant‘s Matt Shultz joined Krieger for “Break On Through (To The Other Side).”
Jack White delivers epic career-spanning set
The beauty of seeing Jack White live, is you will never see the same show twice. This weekend, White delivered for more than two hours, and dug deep into his catalog of White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather material in addition to his more current solo work. When White left the stage Saturday night, there was little doubt that his set would go down as one of the festival’s best.
Kanye West is a mother f**king rock star
By most accounts, Kanye West delivered a strong set this weekend, but made sure to call out those he felt were responsible for his ill-fated performance at Bonnaroo 2008 (read: the press). Kanye also went on to remind the crowd that his music is real rock and roll and he is a real “mother fucking rockstar.” Needless to say, many Bonnaroo attendees were hesitant to agree.
Frank Ocean actually played a live show
The enigmatic alt-R&B phenom made a rare live appearance at this year’s festival. Ocean’s mellow set provided a pretty stark contrast to the rest of the weekend’s artists, but added a much-needed change in pace. Though he is currently working on a new album, Ocean relied largely on tracks from his debut, Channel Orange, for this set.
James Blake finds his groove
James Blake was hot and cold at last week’s Governors Ball, but the English electro-pop producer really hit his stride at Bonnaroo. See the video of his whole set below.
Elton John plays his first U.S. festival
It seems hard to believe, but Sir Elton John announced to the crowd that this year’s Bonnaroo was his first appearance at an American music festival. His set started off with smash hits like “Tiny Dancer” and “Benny And The Jets,” and would continue on with hit after hit. Halfway through the set, Ben Folds joined Sir Elton on stage for “Grey Seal.”
A$AP Ferg shared a dressing room with Mickey Hart
Fergenstein talks to Billboard about sharing a dressing room with Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart. Both men were part of Skrillex’s super jam.
Article by Jason Schellhardt