Over the four days Bonnaroo, festival-goers enjoyed stellar performances. Thousands gathered for the gigantic lineup with even bigger headliners; it’s safe to say Bonnaroo was pretty epic. With so much going on during the four-day extravaganza, it was impossible to catch every single act – BUT these 7 artists were the most memorable.
1. Skrillex’s star-studded jam out session!
Dub step superstar Skrillex concocted a lineup of musicians for the one-of-a-kind jam session that featured guest after guest including Janelle Monáe, Lauryn Hill, The Doors’, Robby Krieger, Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, A$AP Ferg, and many more. The crowd went crazy during this mind-blowing array of talent that played out to be a kick ass karaoke session. Performances like these are exactly what Bonnaroo is about – unique, energetic, and fun!
2. Frank Ocean soothes…
R&B’s very own Frank Ocean made a rare live appearance at this year’s festival. His mellow set supplied the crowd with a much-needed change of pace. His onstage demeanor matched his naturally laid back personality as he performed tracks from Channel Orange. During portion of “Forrest Gump” and “Sweet Life,” at one point he didn’t even sing, He watched instead the crowd sing.
3. Jack White
Jack White closed out the main stage on Saturday night (June 14). Digging deep into his collection of White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather material as well as his more current solo work. After his performance there was little doubt that his set would go down as one of the festival’s best performances.
4. Wiz Khalifa, a show stopper!
As he rocked out on stage, Wiz Khalifa asked the audience “Ya’ll ready to smoke with Wiz Khalifa tonight?” Which I’m pretty sure hyped up the hard partying crowd. It was a high-energy performance packed with a full stage band. Wiz played “Rolling papers” (no surprise!) and “On my Level” with rocks breaks that went well with the festival setting.
5. Elton John
Shutting down the stage with style on Sunday night, Elton John rocked out to the fullest with a glittery jacket labeled with ‘Rocket Man’ across his shoulders. He performed several of his well-known hits like Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Candle In The Wind and The Lion King,. He performed a duet with Ben Folds, a tribute to radio personality Casey Kasem who died early Sunday.
6. James Blake
His performance at the last week’s Governors Ball was no comparison to his stride at Bonnaroo. The English electro-pop producer set it off, but words don’t do the performance justice. The video of the live performance is where you’ll decide for yourself just how amazing the performance was. We have it here for you if you missed it.
7. Kanye West, Yeezus himself.
True to form, Kanye West made sure to call out those who he felt were responsible for his ill-fated performance back in 08. And reminded the crowd that his music is real rock and roll and that he’s a real “mother-f****ing rockstar.” Needless to say, he delivered a strong performance, which the crowd enjoyed.
Could this have been the best Bonnaroo ever? Possibly. That’s not even mentioning the lineup, which was once again stellar in both depth and quality. The various super jams had lots of surprises. I know I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015.
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