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Bonnaroo is a highly respected four-day music and arts festival that takes place annually in a 700-acre rural setting in Manchester, Tennessee. The festival prides itself on having an altruistic ‘code’ which harks back to the ethos of the Woodstock generation.
“Bonnaroo is the antidote to the common life,” states the festival’s website, “a real community built on helping each other.”
Bonnaroo has a four-tiered pricing system, ranging from $224.50 for 4-day admission plus parking and camping for one car, to $269.50. At the time of writing only the tier 4 $269.50 tickets are available.
Admission is free for six-year-olds or under.
Artists include Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The XX, Bjork, Wilco, The National, R Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, Calexico, Grizzly Bear, Tama Impala, David Byrne & St Vincent and ZZ Top.
For starters, children are free up to the age of six, which will please most parents. In addition to heaps of space, the atmosphere is responsible and mellow. The festival also features Kidz Jam, a children’s group that runs from midday to 6pm, with the principal aim of keeping kids entertained, hydrated and sheltered from the sun. Other features include Splash-A-Roo, a colossal waterslide.