Bonnaroo: 10 Facts About Tennessee’s Biggest Music Festival



Bonnaroo is one of the most well-known and highly regarded music festivals in the world. However, despite the fact that the festival has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Bonnaroo.¬†Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!

Number Ten: The Festival Is Bigger Than Some Cities

At the peak of the festival, it becomes Tennessee’s sixth-largest city. The festival brings upwards of 80,000 people to the southern state every single year.

Number Nine: Bonnaroo Is the South’s Largest Beer Festival

It’s true! It’s no secret that music and alcohol are often closely linked, and Bonnaroo is no exception. In fact, it’s the largest beer festival in the South and is a mecca for music and beer aficionados alike.

Number Eight: The Same Artist Never Paints the Fountain Twice

The festival hires a different artist to paint the famous fountain each year. The fountain is an impressive 60-feet high, is lit, and is actually functional.

Number Seven: The Bonnaroovian Code

The Bonnaroovian Code exists as a source of information people can use to learn how to get the best experience possible out of the festival. The code was allegedly never written by any one particular person but exists as a generally accepted list of best practices during the festival.

Number Six: There’s a Lot of Trash That Doesn’t End Up in Landfills

You might think that the resultant debris left over from the festival would have a big impact on landfills, but that’s not actually the case. In fact, nearly half of the trash is used for non-landfill purposes. Some other uses for it include compost, scrap metal, and even cooking oil.

Number Five: The Festival Gets All of Its Water On-site

Continuing with the environmentally friendly theme, all of the water the festival provides the attendees is sourced from wells on-site. This minimizes extra costs and ensures the utmost sanitation.

Number Four: It Was Created as a Way to Pay Off Student Debt

The festival’s founders are four college graduates who founded Superfly Productions (the organization that puts the festival together). The college graduates were looking for a way to do what they love and pay off their student loans – looks like they hit the jackpot!

Number Three: It Didn’t Advertise – But Still Achieved Phenomenal Success

Despite the fact that the first Bonnaroo festival in 2002 was similar to just about every other music festival and didn’t advertise on the traditional media outlets other festivals use, it gained popularity at an explosive rate. The tickets for the festival sold out in two weeks.

Number Two: The Name Is an Homage to Louisiana

The name “Bonnaroo” comes from a Dr. John album called Desitively Bonnaroo (released in 1974). The creators chose the festival’s name as a way to pay homage to Louisiana’s musical history.

Number One: It’s More Than a Festival

Though some people see Bonnaroo as just another festival, for others, it’s a religious experience. Online publication Consequence of Sound has called it “a community of people who share a deep understanding with each other.” We hope you enjoyed our list of 10 things you didn’t know about Bonnaroo!

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