I had made peace with possibly havin' to take a break after this past summer due to school obligations. But when I finally started classes and found out that I'd finish in late April or early May at the latest my face lit up! Now I just have to concentrate on savin' to afford it!
Post by The Original Wolfman Jess on Sept 28, 2011 10:48:03 GMT -5
I will probably go back but I am getting a little burnt out on it for sure. I try not to complain to much but there has not been a lot in the way of major upgrades the past few years, and I certainly have gotten to the point where centeroo has gotten boring instead of badass. If I didn't live close another year of what I consider to be a meh lineup would certainly get me to skip a year and try some new places out.
Post by pondo ROCKS on Sept 28, 2011 15:12:45 GMT -5
I will be back for sure. My job has so many stresses and most of the time, my coworkers look to me for craziness and laughter to cope. At one point we worked 46 out of 49 straight days, somedays as much as 12 hours a day. Bonnaroo is my self-imposed escape from that. A chance to recharge my batteries and put off work and just let go. When I return back from Bonnaroo, it makes coping with that which is mundane a little easier.
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This year may have been the beginning of an extended break from Roo for me... while still putting out good lineups, the last two years haven't been as good as my first four Roos (06-09), for my particular tastes.
I'm saying this now, and I hated having to miss this year, but it really hasn't bothered me as much as I thought it would. And next year (and every foreseeable year in the future, I would guess), I'll still be around keeping up with rumors and lineup drops and the like. Next year, I'm hoping to go, but I think the trend of style for the fest and the fact that most of my fellow Roo goers are losing interest as well would suggest another skip. However, if there's a bomb lineup (for me), I'm sure I'd be able to convince a few of my OGs to make it out.
Post by tommyboy7328 on Sept 29, 2011 13:53:50 GMT -5
I will admit that this years line up was not what i had expected and certainly not as good as my previous 3 ('08-'10) BUT the Roo is so much more than just the line up. It's the music, the people, the food, the sights, the sounds and most of all, the feeling of utter joy that comes with being on the farm. I went down to the farm about 2 weeks ago as a friend of mine was in this obstacle marathon called the Warrior Dash which was held right there on the farm. Yes i got pics of the Arch and the clock tower and it was so weird to see them so naked but i could feel that uncontrollable urge to not stop smiling come over me like a tidal wave.
There is very little in the way of excusable absences from the Roo other than death. My best friend and 8yr Roo vet told me he was thinking of going to some other festies next year and i told him that others sounds fun but missing the Roo is not an option.
My life this year has been a living hell. Getting divorced after nearly 18yrs just because she wants to be free and totaling my car after slamming into an suv at 45mph sucked too (still hurtin from that one), not to mention all the financial heartaches i am having to endure. Bonnaroo is my light at the end of the tunnel. I can not wait to be back there next year and i hope everyone else realizes the importance of being there as well.
I love roo for what it is, a great festival. I have to agree with some that it almost seems like the last two years, they really have not done anything that makes it feel like my 8-9 hour drive and money is not worth giving another fest like....Hangout a chance. I also feel like there are more and more people and to get any where near a stage is just not on par to 07-09.
I skipped this year (for lolla instead)and it was KILLING me all weekend when it was happening. I spent all weekend reading tweets, watching the webvcast and youtube vids, and reading these boards.
So the following weekend when tickets went on presale I impulsively bought one.
2 months later I went to Lollapalooza, then Blackwater this week. And now I dont feel so regretful of my decision. While neither surpassed my best bonnaroo experiences, they both rivaled it. I realized there's more out there than bonnaroo. Bonnaroo is fucking magical, but there's other great experiences out there. My decision next year will depend entirely on the lineup. If there's a festival with a better lineup, that's where I will be.
Post by Vw'ndeadchick on Oct 5, 2011 4:30:32 GMT -5
I'm still up in the air with what shall come next year... All good was hands down my favorite fest of this past summer but it was the inforooers there that had a huge part in making it so. Ive told myself the last few years id take a year off, then somewhere in the mix i keep getting drawn back in and here i am nine years later still contemplating it
I love Bonnaroo. But after 8 years I am going to take a few years off. I went to ATP this past weekend and I'm reminded that I am a bigger fan of smaller run, "boutique" festivals, that cater to certain groups than something as massive as Bonnaroo. The stages are smaller and there is no fighting to see the bands you wanna see.
I'll be in attendance for Moogfest this fall and I'm already starting to think how I can spend the Bonnaroo money on a trip to Europe and throw in a few more festivals there.
Plus rumor has it Big Ears will make a return in 2012.
For as much as it pains me to say I'm starting to doubt even that. I'm gonna look at the line up and I'm gonna be excited for everyone and come the weekend I should be on the farm I'm gonna go through withdrawals. But the truth of the matter is its starting to feel like a job with all the preparation and planning. Once something starts to feel like a job .. its time to quit.
Oh, agreed. Thats why I'm not trying to be a debbie downer in this thread. I want people to experience that. People need to experience Bonnaroo or the like at least once in their lives. Its an amazing feeling to see something like MMJ in 06' or Pearl Jam in 08' (I didn't see Radiohead .. I heard the set but wasn't there).
I'm liking the idea more and more of hotels and showers.
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I'm usually wore out by Saturday early afternoon - saying, "I'm getting too old (I turn 40 in days). I don't know if I can do this any more - then catch my second/third wind Saturday night and finish strong Sunday. For me, unless they completely jump the shark with the lineup, I'll be back next year again. It's become my June tradition: I get in Wednesday night, swim at a local campground, eat at the Gasthaus in Manchester, head in Thursday and the rest of the weekend is pure bliss.
This was the first year during and post Roo I told myself I'm taking next year off, and maybe the following years as well. It wasn't the heat, or the bands, or the lines. For me it was the amount of douchebags present.
BUT, I went to the Inforoo brunch, and that was where I found myself having the most fun in a crowd all weekend. Y'all are awesome, and my plan is to rock out with Inforoosters for the majority of the weekend, and just forget about all the other asshats at the fest.
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My biggest problem with going to bonnaroo is taking time off. At my job I only get 5 paid vacation days. I always take more (upaid days) , but its frowned upon. And bonnaroo takes all 5 days (wed for travel, mon for travel, tues for recovery) This year I used 2 days for lollapalooza(since I flew there and back), and 2 for blackwater (since it's instate-closer drive), and still had 1 to spare. While neither festival alone was better than roo, being able to do both was. Plus, it was nice going to festivals that are relatively comfortable and cleaner, and not feeling like I might pass out from heat exaustion if I don't take it easier. I want to go back to Bonnaroo this year, but if I'm unimpressed by the line-up I might just use the money and vacation days to do a number of smaller in-state fests, and/or maybe Lolla again. OR just save up for coachella 2013 (no way I can make it this year, but I HAVE to experience it someday)