As of 8:00 PM tonight, the campgrounds for Manchester, Tennessee’s very own Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will officially be open. The four-day festival remains one of the season’s largest and most anticipated. The festival kicks off on Thursday afternoon, and if you’ve never been to Bonnaroo, you should know that Thursdays on The Farm are undoubtedly the best for finding your new favorite artist. The day has built up a reputation for being stacked with incredible up-and-coming talent. If you’re like me and enjoy being a step ahead, you’ve already made your schedule full of can’t-miss acts.
For those of you that didn’t do your homework, here are five Thursday acts you won’t want to miss:
1). Magic City Hippies
Magic City Hippies are a band from Miami, Florida. Upon listening, this comes as no surprise. The self-proclaimed “indie-funk” band has a sound that perfectly encapsulates a Florida Summer. Their songs are filled with some seriously dreamy vocal effects and smooth guitar riffs that will transport you to your happy place.
2). Peach Pit
Canadian band Peach Pit is one of the most intriguing acts on the Bonnaroo lineup. Their sound is an expertly crafted blend of melodic intricacies, tender vocals, and angsty lyrics. Despite the melancholy subject matter (or quite possibly because of it), the group puts on an incredible high-energy show.
3). Caroline Rose
Caroline Rose has an undeniable sound. Her songs are gritty and melodic; brimming with witty lyrics and observations. Her 2018 full-length LONER is an album that delves into some serious topics: loneliness, anxiety, faith, and misogyny. Her songs are some of the most refreshing; serving as constant reminders that we are not alone in our experiences.
You may have heard of Chicago rapper Saba through his features on several Chance the Rapper tracks, or perhaps through his rap collective, Pivot Gang. If you haven’t heard of him yet, keep an eye out – you’ll definitely be hearing his name within the next year. His lyrics come from a place of honesty and vulnerability, exemplified in his 2018 release CARE FOR ME (an album that reflects on a major loss in the rapper’s life). His work with collective Pivot Gang is some of the most innovative I’ve ever heard. Trust that Saba is a true creative who is in this for the long haul.
If you’re a fan of indie bands like Wild Cub, HalfNoise, or the 1975, this one’s for you. Mk.Gee (pronounced “McGee”) has music chock-full of lush vocals and funky guitar/keyboard riffs. The riffs set the pace and make no mistake – it’s hella groovy.