Photo courtesy of Shawn Mariani of

Photo courtesy of Shawn Mariani of

WUOG is sending two writers out to Bonnaroo tomorrow to bring you the best college radio acts at the music festival. Here’s who they are most excited about seeing, and what other aspects they’re looking forward to as first time attendees. 

On June 11th, 2015, for the first time in my life, I will be a Bonnaroovian. And according to the official website, a Bonnaroovian is “A person that has had their mind blown by the full Bonnaroo whammy and has a great passion for finding and celebrating good stuff.”

And as I prepare for my trip to The Farm, I have spent a generous amount of time narrowing down exactly what good stuff I wanted to celebrate for those four days. This year’s lineup has been impressive to say the least. With big names ranging from Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, DeadMau5, and Hozier, whose concert tickets would normally already be costly, one would definitely get their money’s worth. Not only am I excited to see these well known artists take us away with their pristine work, I am also excited about the little guys who are gracing the stages — or the tents — with just as much passion for music.

This list includes Raury, the young man who has been causing a wave with his Indo Child movement from East Atlanta. After seeing him perform before, I can only expect him to deliver with more punch and soul than ever.

American Hotel is also on my list. Seeing as they are a band from Tennessee, I was shocked to see that not many have listed these guys, especially when their music creates such a genuinely nostalgic vibe that can take you back into the 1970s and back again. If you’re going, give them a listen!

I also want to see Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. Yes, one of the reasons why I am excited for them is because the lead singer was the lead for Led Zeppelin. But after listening to their album “Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar,” I thought their sound was interesting, and had even more reason to go see them.

I was more than ecstatic when I found out that Fruition, Kevin Garrett, and Manatee Commune would be there. These talented artists have blown me away, and I can only hope that seeing them live would do the same, if not more. And of course, I can’t wait to see who is going to perform at the Super Jam.

Is there any ‘good stuff’ that you would suggest for me to watch?

Kim An Ta


The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a Valhalla for music lovers. Bonnaroo encompasses everything a music connesuir could imagine with live music from a variety of genres and a good time. I cannot imagine anything more awesome than thousands of people on a farm in the middle of nowhere enjoying the vibrations of quality music.

Choosing which acts to see during Bonnaroo seems to be tougher than deciding how to pack for living on a farm for four days. I am most excited to see artists such as Raury, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Flying Lotus, Run The Jewels, Earth Wind & Fire. Most importantly, I’m eager to stumble on artists I don’t know.

What I am looking forward to at Bonnaroo besides the music are all of the extra festivities being held such as the Silent Disco. DJs will play live in a tent, but the music will be broadcast directly into attendees’ ears through wireless headphones Another aspect I cannot wait to experience is the social interactions and bonds I will surely create with other attendees.

-Faisal Gedi, @faisalgedi