Playlist: Bonnaroo Days And Nights

Since 2010, Autostraddle has been making the annual trek to Manchester, TN, for the four-day dirty hippie song and dance festival known as Bonnaroo. Executive Editor Laneia is on her way again, this time with Bonnaroo virgin and activity partner, Megan, and they are totally and absurdly amped beyond all measure. Look for more info on Autostraddle’s plans for Bonnaroo (and you!) a little later in the week, but for now let’s get you all geared up for your weekend on the farm with a couple of playlists! Even if you’re not going to Roo this year, these songs will do their best to make you feel like you’re there.


Dawn to Dusk

Welcome to the day!

It’s around 8 a.m. in Tennessee, and it’s too hot for you to be in your tent, so peel off your sticky pajamas and put on some sunblock. Pack as much water as you can, grab your schedule and set off. The day is yours.

Towers – Bon Iver
Just One – Blind Pilot
Simple Song – The Shins
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Beach Boys
11:11 – Rodrigo y Gabriela
Ode to Sunshine – Delta Spirit
Ten Thousand Words – The Avett Brothers
Salinas – Laura Marling
Stranger – Trampled by Turtles
Let Me In – Phish
Cruel – St. Vincent
Breatherz (Young as Clouds) – Rubblebucket
Summer Beat – Orgone
No Widows – The Antlers
Left Home – Sarah Jarosz
Save the Rich – Garfunkel and Oates


Dusk to Dawn

Welcome to the night!

It’s still hot, but it’s getting dark and everyone is a weird combo of excited and exhausted. Prepare to lose hope of ever knowing where you are or how to get somewhere else. You’ll probably feel a little chilly, but you definitely won’t be lonely. Be fun, be safe!

Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out – The Antlers
Little by Little – Radiohead
Gotta Go – Oberhofer
The Undertaker – Puscifer
This Is The Life – Two Door Cinema Club
Arming of Infants – Trampled by Turtles
Down in the Yards – Rubblebucket
Yer Spring – Hey Rosetta!
Coyote – The Lonely Forest
Always – Blind Pilot
Away – Kathleen Edwards
Sleep – The Roots


Add your favorite Bonnaroo related tracks in the comments below!

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  1. I just realized that I will be in TN at this general time. Which means there is a slight chance for me to meet autostraddlers on my flight. Oh my god. This is a big deal.

    I am not going to Bonnaroo (sad face) and I’ll be flying into Knoxville (not especially near Bonnaroo either)

    but the very possibility is exciting


  2. Someday maybe, someday. As well as Bonnaroo, I also have Coachella, Burning Man, Lightning In A Bottle (, Womad (, Sonic In Bloom (, Festival In The Desert ( and other well known music festivals on the list, I just need people who are game in going with me. As far as festivals, I’ve only been to the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival ( and that was super fun! I love music, especially with a good atmosphere, where all the people are cool as fuck.

    • Seriously, that would be so fun, rent an RV and have a blast, that’s also on my to-do list with a million other things. I also want to do a foodie tour, kind of like that tv show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri, where I go all over the USA to check out really good food places, or hit a specific area of the USA, etc.

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