Bonnaroo Music Festival will kick off Thursday night

5:35 PM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
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The Bonnaroo Music Festival kicks off Thursday night in Manchester, Tennessee.  80,000 music fans are headed that way for a weekend of camping, watching bands, and fun.

The gates open for the sold out weekend at 8:00 pm Thursday night, but the festival grounds were buzzing all day, with last minute preps.

The finishing touches were finished on the stages, food vendors set up under the watchful eye of health inspectors, and medical personnel stocked up on supplies and prepared for a busy few days.

With all those music lovers heading to middle Tennessee, local and state police are watching the roads, looking for speeders and reckless drivers.  They are trying to keep traffic moving smoothly, and safely.

For the first time, TDOT will reduce the speed limit on I-24 to 55 miles-per-hour, hoping to reduce accidents.

Last year, TDOT and THP together worked more than 7,200 man hours, 29 accidents and wrote nearly 1,100 tickets. They said the most common citations were seat belt violations and speeding tickets.

More than 150 musicians, bands, and comedians are set to take one of the ten stages at this year's Bonnaroo.  Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the headliners this year.

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