MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WKRN) – Bonnaroo campers will be allowed inside the gates Wednesday once the campgrounds open at 8 p.m.
The festival officially begins Thursday and it has matured and become more sophisticated, with fully operational restrooms.
There are VIP areas where festival goers can camp hassle-free. They call it “glamping,” and the luxury tent offers a bed, cooling unit, complimentary ice vouchers and portable cooler.
Bonnaroo generated more than a million dollars for Coffee County last year.
This year’s headliner is Pearl Jam. Chris Stapleton, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Death Cab for Cutie are also performing.
In terms of traffic, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is prepared for the influx of drivers trying to get to the festival in Manchester off Interstate 24, as are local officials.
“This is our 15th year. I think we know what to expect. From our understanding, the ticket sales are down a little bit so we don’t really expect quite as much traffic as normal, but we’re prepared in case it changes,” said Sheriff Steve Graves of Coffee County.
This year’s Bonnaroo includes a big honor for a legendary guitarist.
Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir will receive the first annual Les Paul Spirit Award for innovation and achievements in music.
The award captures the spirit of the late guitar icon, Les Paul. The Les Paul Foundation noted Weir’s experimentation with new technology and music trends.
Weir will receive the award on Sunday at a private backstage ceremony.