Bonnaroo Bound 2014: Let’s Hang Out Under The Sun

HELLO FREE SPIRITS.

I’m writing to you from the land of Tennessee, where the mountains are smoky, the woods are dolly, and my mother buys us lunch! We’re counting our tarps and bottles of sunscreen in anticipation of leaving bright and early Thursday morning for Bonnaroo, and we were just wondering if maybe you wanted to come hang out with us?

We're not in this picture, but the monkey really captures the spirit of how it'll feel when we see you.

We’re not in this picture, but the monkey really captures the spirit of how it’ll feel when we see you.

autostraddlers at bonnaroo

Look how much fun we had in 2012! And this was *after* the bird pooped on one of us.

We’ll be at the southwest side of the Broo’ers Fest tent, where the picnic tables (and 3k other people) (JK!) (but srsly) are, Friday at 2pm. Megan (above, L) and I (above, 2nd from R) will be wandering around, probs awkwardly, holding one or more beers and lookin’ hot. Temperature hot, I mean. Or soaking wet maybe? It’s an exciting mystery! Either way we’d really love to see your equally hot/wet faces so we can maybe draw on each other and make You Do Roo bracelets! I can also braid your hair, if you wish.

You might have noticed that I didn’t do a travel journal for Bonnaroo 2013, and that’s because I was shooting with my stepdad’s Canon T50 35mm from 1983 — which was amazing — but then I lost the film and couldn’t develop the pictures until LAST MONTH. And there are still undeveloped rolls! This is just how things go sometimes. Not this next time! But sometimes.

Because I’m officially Not Very Good At This (and wanted to stay in the photo pits as long as possible), I took way too many shots of Tallest Man On Earth and Cat Power. Don’t let that stop you from browsing through the these pictures though! You’ll probably think “Goodness sakes, this woman takes remarkable photos of the same thing over and over again. I believe spending part of my Friday afternoon with her might be the grandest use of my time. I do declare!”

campgrounds

We drank smoothies and slept over there to the left a little and back a few rows.

Many people.

Many people attend Bonnaroo each year.

your new best friend

Your new best friend maybe.

Many folks at sunset.

Several folks moving from one place to another at sunset.

We passed Cat Power in the media compound the next day and I almost fell in a puddle.

We passed Cat Power in the media compound the next day and I almost fell in a puddle.

Cat Power, yes, but also two gals in cowboy hats looking super cute.

Cat Power, yes, but also a couple of cute hats.

Westfalia, most adorable vanamper ever to be assembled on this earth.

Westfalia, most adorable vanamper ever to be assembled on this earth.

Tallest Man on Earth COMIN' ATCHA

Tallest Man on Earth COMIN’ ATCHA

Several humans being excited under a tent.

Several humans being excited under a tent.

Even more people, and a little Bjork jumbotron goodness.

Even more people, and a little Bjork jumbotron goodness.

Haim just turns into hair muppets when you take their picture.

Haim just turns into hair muppets when you take their picture.

Fireworks for Paul McCartney because Paul Freaking McCartney

Fireworks for Paul McCartney because Paul Freaking McCartney

Obviously epic shot of the What Stage at night, with bonus light-up hula hooping action.

Obviously epic — if blurry — shot of the What Stage at night, with bonus light-up hula hooping action. I was probably crying here.

Hope we see you at the Broo’ers Fest at 2pm on Friday!

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Laneia is the Executive Editor and founding member of Autostraddle, and she thinks you're fucking rad. She's 33, has two kids, two dogs, one Megan, some personal essays and a lot of emails in her inbox.

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    UGH I AM SO EXCITED!

    I’ll be there tabling with Represent.Us a lot of the time (sexiest campaign ever working to stop the corrupting influence of money in politics!) We’ll be selling tank top versions of these shirts:

    and handing out condoms with sayings on them like “I want to 501 (c) 3 you naked.” and “i want a threesome, but I’ll settle for democracy”. Come say hi and let’s be Bonnaroo friends!

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    I could look at 100 of these photos and not be bored. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it to bonnaroo, but it’s the one music fest thing that I really enjoy reading about, especially when they are words written by you.

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    Off topic, but I saw that Westfalia picture and rekindled the idea of getting camper that can do off-roading. But, then I saw the price difference between a 2wd Westfalia and 4wd model and it’s almost twice the price for 4wd. Damn it!

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