BONNAROO Music Festival 2012 Update!
"Where you guys sleeping? In a field?" a curious Thom Yorke asked the Radiohead faithful during the band’s headlining set at Bonnaroo on Friday night (June 8). “Do you do that here? I dunno.” It was almost like Yorke and co. had never visited the sprawling music fest in before, but of course, the alt-rock giants delivered an epic performance in Manchester six years ago, when Bonnaroo was still growing into the amalgamated mega-fest it is today. As the first of the three major headliners at this year’s event, Radiohead was given another opportunity to make a field of thousands weep along with the most beautiful falsetto in rock music.
Radiohead’s two-hour, two-encore headlining set focused primarily on the band’s two most recent albums (2007’s “In Rainbows” and last year’s “The King of Limbs”), but re-shaped classics like “Everything In Its Right Place” and “Karma Police” made the performance the easy, expected highlight of the day. But hours before and after Radiohead, festival goers were partying hard to the muscular dance-rock of Little Dragon, austere jams of Afrocubism, darling soul music of Michael Kiwanuka and earthquake-like bass of Major Lazer. Meanwhile, the temperature rose, food vendor lines lengthened, marijuana deals were made in daylight, breasts were exposed, and everyone seemed to have a roaring good time.
What was going on behind the scenes and way out in the open at Bonnaroo on Friday? Here are 10 things you might have missed: