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Bonnaroo Festival Review 2017: Top 10 Sets

on June 12, 2017, 4:00pm
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07. Car Seat Headrest

It felt like business as usual as Car Seat Headrest began their Friday afternoon set, but that isn’t a slight. The Seattle-based quartet, led by Will Toledo, enthralled immediately with their customary festival intro of “Vincent” and “Fill in the Blank, ,with an audience spilling out the sides of This Tent heartily belting out “You have no right to be depressed/you haven’t tried hard enough to like it!”

The remainder of the set similarly played out just as it has at countless other recent fests, save for one key moment. Before the band launched into one of their catchiest, “Destroyed By Hippie Powers”, drummer Andrew Katz shared a story about a fan who had been messaging him videos on social media for six months showing “her and her friends just smashing the fucking cowbell” to that tune. As she was present in Friday’s audience, he decided to bring her up on stage to let her rip on it. The result – a young fan overcome with emotion, leaping around everywhere as she lived out a dream with her favorite band – was heartwarming and hilarious enough to make a typically stoic Toledo crack a huge grin. With this, the band created a quintessential Bonnaroovian moment: everyone in the audience could relate to the excitement of a fantasy coming to fruition, so the tent’s overflowing positivity – emanating equally powerfully from the band and their crowd – only enhanced Car Seat Headrest’s already consistently superior indie rock chops. –David Brendan Hall

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