Well…that was fast. After sharing the list of performers poised to set the late night scene on fire, the 2013 iteration of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival today unveiled its full schedule plans.
As is typically the case, fest organizers strive to and take pride in building the best lineup they can while spotlighting certain artists in creative turns of scheduling. For example, on Saturday night of this year’s Bonnaroo, there’s a solid 45 minutes in the prime evening time where only The Lumineers will playing which leads directly into Mumford & Sons’ headlining spot.
But with that comes the other side of the music festival coin. CONFLICTS! There’s a small, but still a, chance that the bands that particularly led you to buy a ticket will all be playing at the same time. But dry those tears folks, the whole spirit of Bonnaroo will have you discovering new favorites left and right.
So, what are the biggest conflicts heading into Bonnaroo 2013? Find the top five below and check out the full schedule for yourself by heading over here.
This Grizzly Bear vs. Foals conflict seems particularly tough given the 15 minute differences, but fortunately the Which Stage and This Tent are close enough in proximity to make this one not a total heart-breaker.
As the late night lights switch on, so do the set conflicts as Wu Tang Clan will hold court on the massive Which field, while ZZ Top play in an intimate tent and Wolfgang Gartner gets the party started over at the Other Tent. What makes this one rough is that there will be a certain, large contingency of people who will be staking out their spots for ZZ Top well before you find out who it is you shouldn’t be fucking with. Show up late to that one and you’ll likely be squinting to see some beards in June.
Now this one stings a little. Bjork, Beach House, and Dwight Yoakim all play at the same exact time for the same exact length of time with A-Trak only 15 minutes ahead. If you want to catch a healthy 45 minutes each of Bjork and Beach House then you better pack your running shoes because it’s a bit of a hike from the What Stage field to the This Tent.
Well this is certainly one of the more interesting Bonnaroo conflicts I’ve come across. The Jim James Superjam is certainly not to be missed, but how many opportunities do you have to see Billy Idol and Weird Al Yankovic in the same place? Good luck with this one.
Bonnaroo, and most multi-stage music festivals for that matter, is kind of famous for closing down with a bang before the Sunday headliner. Although not quite as daunting as last year, there’s still some decisions to be made once The National step out in the Bon Iver slot from 2012. Fortunately, if you do have a desire to catch everything pre-Tom Petty, Bonnaroo did a really solid job in accommodating that masochistic crowd i.e. me. Starting at the This Tent, you may take in 15 minutes of every set while following a circular pattern around the festival grounds leading to A$AP Rocky over at The Other Tent. Then you can move free and easy safe in the knowledge you didn’t miss too much.
So there you have it, the 5 biggest schedule conflicts of Bonnaroo 2013. I’d be remiss if I didn’t laud some praise the fest organizers’ way for another stellar Thursday rising act showcase, giving Animal Collective the sun rise set, and for leaving that strange half hour gap on Friday from 1 to 1:30am where there’s absolutely nothing going on. Wonder what surprise Bonnaroo has up its sleeve this time…