Everything You Need To Know About Bonnaroo 2015

It’s that time of year, folks. I’m headed to Manchester, Tennessee along with 100,000 fellow music lovers for four days of awesome music and good vibrations.

If you're going or if you just wish you were, there are a few things you should know...

TICKETS

If you haven’t bought yours yet, don’t despair. You can still find plenty for sale at or near face value. Click here to find Bonnaroo tickets on eBay and click here to find Bonnaroo tickets on Craigslist nationwide.

If you buy on Craigslist, I recommend paying the seller with PayPal (select Good and Services, not Send Money to a Friend). That way, if the seller ends up being a scammer, you’ll be able to get your money back.

STREAM

If you can’t make it to The Farm, watching the Bonnaroo live stream is the next best thing.

Red Bull TV will be live streaming from Bonnaroo on three channels this year, featuring sets by: Temples, Courtney Barnett, Royal Blood, Dawes, Ben Harpet, Tears for Fears, Run The Jewels, Unknow Mortal Orchestra, Sylvan Esso, Mac Demarco, The War on Drugs, My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, Gary Clark Jr, Tyco, Spoon, Billy Joel, Punch Brothers and a WHOLE lot more.

Click here for the entire Bonnaroo live stream schedule.

Bonnaroo will be livestreamed on Red Bull TV through its iOS and Android applications, and on Apple TV, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku and Samsung Smart TVs.

RUMORS

I don’t know what it is about festivals, in general, or Bonnaroo, in particular, but there always seem to be lots of rumors about secret shows and guest appearances. By now, most rumors should be proven or dispelled, so don’t hold your breath for Taylor Swift to get on stage with Run The Jewels.

(The best rumor that turned out to be true was when Lionel Richie played with Kenny Rogers a few years ago. That was ridiculous and cool.)

LINEUP

By now everyone knows who is playing. If you’re going, my advice would be to ignore the headliners, the bands near the top of the bill. Of course you’re going to see Kendrick Lamar and Billy Joel. Everyone will.

The smart move is to look at the bands near the bottom of the bill. Do a little homework and you’ll be able to tell your friends that you saw the next great band at Bonnaroo before they were big.

My tips: Mini Mansions, The Dø, Fruition, Sol Cat, Ximena Sariñana and Son Little.

MAP

No one needs a map to get to Manchester, but you do need an app: Waze.

Local and state police will be out in force, ready to issue tickets for speeding and make arrests for drug possession. Use Waze and you’ll know where they’re hiding alongside the interstate before they see you.

One more thing: fix that broken tail light and make sure your tags haven't expired. If you do get pulled over, whatever you do, do NOT consent to have your car, your person, or your stuff searched. Do not answer questions. Demand a lawyer.

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2015 Video Mixtape

In just seven days, I'll be back on The Farm in Manchester, Tennessee with 90,000 fellow Bonnaroovians. I can hardly wait.

If you're going, or just wish you were, I hope you enjoy this YouTube video playlist I put together. It features live performances by the 34 artists I'm most looking forward to seeing this year: Strand of Oaks, Temples, Houndmouth, Courtney Barnett, The Districts, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dawes, Kacey Musgraves, Tears for Fears, Ben Harper, Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Flying Lotus, STS9 (Soundtribe Sector 9), Mini Mansions, Fruition, The Do, Jon Cleary, Songhoy Blues, Phox, Woods, War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson, Belle & Sebastian, Gary Clark Jr, My Morning Jacket, Mumford and Sons, Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas, Hiss Golden Messenger, Spoon, Punch Brothers, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant, and Billy Joel.

Enjoy!

The Holydrug Couple

I had the pleasure of attending Psych Fest/Levitation in Austin earlier this month. One of the more pleasant surprises for me was seeing the Holydrug Couple from Santiago, Chile.

Their dreamy psychedelic rock initially reminded me of Tame Impala...

The Holydrug Couple "Follow Your Way" http://youtu.be/ne83qkJzdGU

After seeing them play again last Friday, at the Knockout in San Francisco, I have a greater appreciation for their unique sound.

Keep an eye on these guys. I expect big things from them.

at The Knockout, San Francisco 

at Psych Fest, Austin, TX