Manchester, Tennessee, just a bit over an hour’s drive from Nashville, in Coffee County. 11 square miles. Population 10, 261, as of 2013. The only University – Love Beauty School. It’s a unassuming country town, mostly made up of acres upon acres of farmland with plenty of open space, fields, woods, farms. A quiet town. A town to raise your kids. A small town with little traffic, lower crime, slower lifestyle. U-S-U-A-L-L-Y.
And then, for just four little days a month, the sweet little town of Manchester becomes BONNAROO CITY, filled with the sounds of rock ‘n roll, blues, country, jazz, heavy metal. All the music is accompanied by screaming fans; gazillions of people watching over 150 epic performances and laughing at dozens of comedians. It’s all on 700 acres of Tennessee farmland, including space for 80,000 music happy campers, over 10 stages, all happening in Four of the Most Exciting Days in the country. And it’s … in one little sleepy town.
It must be shellshock for the town residents (a town this writer can speak to first hand): Here in a town where people know one another, wave as they pass in cars, chat over the local produce, that for four days, it all changes overnight, becoming an entertainment mecca on the lawn – all 700 acres of it. And surely, some must hate it, others might live for it, and still others might just stay at home for the four days. To the rest of the music world, it’s a one-of-a-kind festival, something every artist, musician, fan, must experience at least once. But before you go, make sure to familiarize yourself with the Bonnaroovian Code. which begins, “Behold the Code. No one wrote it. It just always was and now it is. It just kind of evolved within the Bonnaroo Community over the years, out of the real-life experiences of hundreds of thousands of Bonnaroovians. We pulled it out of the air finally put it down in writing. Follow it and you’ll make the most of your Bonnaroo adventure and possibly even help change the world (in a good way).” Check out the rest of the code, buy your tickets and become a true Bonnaroovian.