The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival always provides one of the most unique festival experiences for music fans everywhere. The 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN provides a truly multi-faceted entertainment experience, from music, arts, comedy, themed community campsites, nonstop performances in the late AM and more.
While Phish headlined multiple sets throughout the 4-day weekend, a number of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop also put on memorable headlining performances for the sold-out crowd. Post Malone, Childish Gambino and Cardi B all headlined their respective days and artists like BROCKHAMPTON, Juice WRLD, Gucci Mane and even The Lonely Island put on sets from sunrise to well after sundown.
Thursday officially kicked off the Tennessee festival, but the momentum really started as the main stages opened for fans on Friday. Childish Gambino drew one of the largest crowds of the night, surprising fans by raising up from an elevated platform immersed in the crowd to begin the performance. Gambino matched the crowds energy with performances from “Awaken, My Love!” and got up close and personal with fans in the pit on several occasions. The night didn’t end there however, as BROCKHAMPTON rapped some of their fan favorites while on top of a giant gold jet, taking the night to a sky high level.
Saturday’s lineup boasted performances from rappers like Juice WRLD and Post Malone, two artists who have inevitably presented rather similar sets. Post Malone is no stranger to Bonnaroo, but this time around his performance was on a much larger stage following a couple huge years in his career. Similarly, Juice WRLD is on the level that Post was when he performed at The Farm for the first time. Juice WRLD is having an amazing year and is one of the biggest emerging names in music, so it’s no surprise Bonnaroo fans came out to see him live before he inevitably headlines in the future.
Sunday picked up where Saturday left off as fans ended their weekend with a huge performance from Cardi B. Making her return to the live stage after cancelling a number of shows due to plastic surgery complications, Cardi B is recovering from her swollen feet but she didn’t miss a step on Sunday. Less than a couple years after “Bodak Yellow” turned Cardi B into a household name, Cardi performed her catalog of hits from the past two years as well as cuts from her debut album, bringing Bonnaroo 2019 to a memorable close.
- Words & Photography: Daniel Garcia