It can be argued that Day 3, Saturday, of Bonnaroo is physically the hardest day of the festival weekend. It's kind of like Hump Day, in the sense that you've already been through a lot and still aren't really close to the end. However, I learned a little trick to help get through it: Music. It sounds corny, but something I learned over the weekend was that once your favorite band starts playing, your feet stop hurting. And fortunately, on what could've been the most tiring day, we were given a slew of the best artists to give us strength. We were blessed with both emerging and established pop stars (Grace Mitchell and Ellie Goulding), danced our asses off to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, were graced with the sensual voice of super R&B star Miguel, and so much more. Check out our photos below to see some of the highlights of Day 3.
Prior to Stapleton's set, I wasn't a huge country/bluegrass lover, but he quickly changed the way I felt about it. He has one of the best voices out there and his music brings a true sense of community.
Ellie Goulding has an enormous discography of songs that I can shamelessly sing along to, so I was pretty excited for this one. As she danced back and forth on the stage, whipping her hair and donning a freshly-bought Pearl Jam t-shirt, she strung out hit after hit.
Mark my words, Grace Mitchell is the next big thing in the pop world. Landing on the Who Stage, she immediately drew in a bigger crowd when she started singing. Her heavy red locks bounced around as she showed off her psychotic-but-in-the-best-way-possible dance moves, which proved that she doesn't give a shit about what anyone thinks, and she's here to stay.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
There was not a single moment where Macklemore stood still. By the third song, he already had on his giant fur coat and was ready to sing "Thrift Shop." Right before jumping into the hit song, he told the story about how his daughter said her very first words at the festival that day, and they were "Thrift Shop." But do we actually believe it?
I already knew Miguel was a sensual human being, but live... His sensuality levels went from 0-100 real quick.
Glowing in an all-white outfit and pulling dance moves that Michael Jackson would be proud of, this was a definite highlight of the day.
The chemistry between Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West of Oh Wonder is undeniable, especially when you see them live. Beautiful harmonies and a perfectly balanced blend of electronic instruments and guitar work. Yes, please!
My first super jam was a pretty spectacular one. For those who aren't familiar with it, it's basically a giant jam session that goes on for two hours after midnight, with a plethora of surprise guest acts. With Kamasi Washington leading the way, they brought out Lizzo, Oh Wonder, Allen Stone, and topped it off with (my favorite!) Miguel.
Two Door Cinema Club
Die hard Two Door Cinema Club fans rejoiced to witness the band's reunion and they were beside themselves. I seriously couldn't stop dancing during this entire set.