F*ck Yeah 'Roo: The Best Videos of Bonnaroo 2014
The Flaming Lips via the festival
Manchester, Tennessee -- From three epic SuperJams, to iconic figures like Lionel Richie and Elton John rocking the main stage, to contemporary artists like Arctic Monkeys and Jack White repping a new generation of rock and spending ample amounts of time chatting with the crowd, this year's Bonnaroo was one for the books. Over the 4-day weekend on The Farm, 80,000 music lovers enjoyed a stellar lineup spread across 5 main stages. As expected at such a huge festival, it was downright impossible to catch every act - so here's a video recap of our favorite performances from Bonnaroo 2014. Whether you couldn't make it to The Farm, missed these sets in order to catch other acts (we understand), or just want to relive the magic for a second time, scroll down to hear sets from James Blake, Frank Ocean, Sir Elton John, and more.
Jack White - Steady As She Goes / Top Yourself
We were fortunate enough to catch Jack White at Gov Ball last week, and his show at 'Roo sounded just as epic - with a set that repped both of his solo albums, The Raconteurs, and The White Stripes. White handled the stage like the icon he is, gabbing with the audience ("I'm with you right now, all right, you feel good?"), ripping guitar solos, shouting out his favorite performances of the day (Arctic Monkeys, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"), and offering the crowd a healthy dose of straight rock n' roll. And what's a Jack White set that doesn't end with 60,000 people chanting the bass line to "Seven Nation Army"? We don't want to know.
(Psst... you can download the entire set over HERE.)
Damon Albarn / Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
With a set spanning his prolific career in Blur, Gorillaz, and, more recent solo material off of Everyday Robots, Damon Albarn offered a fine mix of old favorites ("Feel Good, Inc.," anyone?) and new discoveries ("Heavy Seas of Love" off the new record sounded rad). Our favorite might have been the classic Gorillaz tune "Clint Eastwood," for which he brought out Del the Funky Homosapien. The two actually only played the song together live for the first time back in March at Fader Fort, but the performance was smooth as could be.
James Blake - Hope She'll Be Happier (Bill Withers Cover)
James Blake gives us... a lot of feelings. His set at 'Roo got off to a rocky start - the sound cut out a few minutes in, forcing him to spend a few minutes engaging with the crowd before launching back in to the bass-heavy "Air and Lack Thereof." And while we're big fans of his Joni Mitchell "A Case of You" cover, the highlight of this set may have been his version of Bill Withers' "Hope She'll Be Happier With Him," which was both heartfelt and heartbreaking.
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
The song of the hour seemed to be Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?," which both MS MR and Sam Smith covered (see below) before the English rockers played the real damn thing on Sunday. Alex Turner killed it as always. But really, we're just jealous of the amount of times festivalgoers got to scream "Ever thought of calling when you've had a few? 'Cause I always do!"
Frank Ocean - "Thinkin Bout You"
On a scale of 1 to James Blake, how impressive and devastating was Ocean's performance? Though the only video of this set is rubbish, it's clear that Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" was one of the best crowd sing-a-longs of the weekend. With his crisp falsetto soaring high above the crowd's enthusiastic backing vocals, we can just picture thousands of Bonnaroovians clutching their hearts, eyes closed, harmonizing "Or do you not think so far ahead? 'Cause I've been thinkin' 'bout forever," and it's a beautiful sight.
The Flaming Lips - Intro & The Abandoned Hospital Ship
We can only imagine the joy on many a Bonnaroovian's face when The Flaming Lips took the stage and introduced their friends: a "magic mushroom," a "beautiful rainbow," and yet another "barefoot magic mushroom." The good vibes and positive energy was palpable, with Wayne Coyne telling the crowd, "We love you so much," before launching into "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," magic mushrooms swaying on the side.
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
It would be a sin to exclude Sir Elton John on this list of top Bonnaroo moments - just the fact that he was there was beyond cool. With John seated at his red piano in a bejeweled purple coat that read “Rocket Man” on the back, the synths from "Funeral for a Friend" rang out, signaling the start of his set. One of many highlights was the 1971 classic "Tiny Dancer." "This is my first-ever festival in America," John told the crowd, "and I know it's the best one." AMEN.