This week, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to head to a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee for Bonnaroo. The four-day festival kicks off Thursday, June 12 and wraps up Sunday, June 15.
This year's headliners include Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White and Lionel Richie. Lots of other bands across many genres and several comedians will be there too. General admission tickets are still available at their highest price point, which is $284.50 a pop plus fees.
So, as many of you are planning on packing up your lives for a few days to escape to the farm, we've compiled some tips.
- Bring a balloon or flag you can fly above your campsite to help you spot it.
- Bring twice as many water bottles as you think you'll need, and freeze half of them before you go. They'll help keep your food and drinks cold, and still be useful when they melt.
- Fill up your gas tank close to the farm. You'll likely idle for a while as you wait to get in and park, plus the air conditioning and cellphone charging abilities of your car may be a welcome relief over the course of the festival.
- Bring extra toilet paper, baby wipes, sunscreen, bug spray (non-DEET), and a toothbrush. Don't forget to take care of yourself.
- Have earplugs. You can use them to help you sleep better or if you wind up right next to a speaker.
- Don't bring glass. Bring beer in a can, wine in a box and liquor in a plastic bottle.
- Eat nutritious foods! You'll need all the energy you can get.
HomeGrown: Ashley Capps, founder of Bonnaroo
Not heading to the festival? TDOT has released detours drivers should take if they want to skip the traffic.
Here's what TDOT and THP say about their plans for the festival:
- Efforts will be concentrated on keeping I-24 traffic flowing.
- Exit 111 (SR 55) will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112 (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and 127 are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.
- TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the festival region, and maintenance personnel will be on call all weekend.
- TDOT will provide variable message signs to warn drivers of delays.
- There will be no construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the Bonnaroo festival area between 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11 through 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 16.
- Median crossovers will be guarded to prevent motorists from parking in the crossovers and blocking emergency vehicles.
- Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane and/or on the shoulder of the interstate, allowing through traffic to utilize the left travel lane unimpeded.
- Emergency vehicles will use county roads that will be kept at low volume.
- Bonnaroo promoters issued early news releases to the trucking industry and other sources to alert the traveling public to festival times, location, and alternate routes.
- Temporary communication towers are in place to improve emergency communications.