The 15th anniversary of Bonnaroo takes place this weekend. In other words, Manchester, TN, will be crawling with friendly drug users, musicians, and highway traffic. This last one is a given even if the rumors about Uber offering helicopter rides directly to the festival grounds are true. That’s what a lineup filled with surprises and musical highlights will do. For the roughly 80,000 attendants arriving on wheels (or, god forbid, feet), take the traveling time as an opportunity to check out some of the emerging groups playing this year.
Whether known for breaking new musical ground or for putting on a really good live show, these offbeat artists will provide first-rate excuses for skipping the massive sets for smaller tents. Besides, there are fewer people, shade, phone-charging stations, free e-cigs, and a table fan weakly blowing in the corner. What more could you need?