Posted Jun 15th, 2015 (6:15 pm) by Staff
Image by Derek Duoba

Rise and shine, music lovers! It's time for one last day on the farm, and while the itinerary isn't as full as it has been in the past few days there are still a handful of big name artists and up and coming acts that I've got to see.

MØ's recent collaboration with Major Lazer caught my ear a while back and I've been looking forward to her performance all weekend. Dancing wildly, jumping up and down, and sweating profusely, MØ manages to exceed my expectations with her undeniable vocal talent and many hip thrusts. She is a truly fearless performer and has no qualms about getting up close and personal with her fans, which she proves by hopping off stage and into the audience midway through her set. Besides performing her own popular electro-pop hits like "Pilgrim," MØ also connects with the 90s kids by jamming out on the nostalgic Spice Girls number, "Say You'll Be There."

It's a tough act to follow, but Spoon gives it their all. Frontman Britt Daniel's power stance is on point and with a guitar pointed at the sky he performs singles from the band's latest album, They Want My Soul, with confidence and style. The old classic "My Mathematical Mind" is another epic highlight in the set and it's climactic end leaves the audience in total awe.

I'm grabbing some grub from one of the many food trucks when I hear a crowd chanting "Freddie! Freddie! Freddie!" in the distance. Knowing it must be time for Freddie Gibbs to take the stage, I scarf down my curried chicken and speed off to The Other Tent. Freddie Gibbs is known for his technically proficient rapping ability and to witness such talent live is absolutely incredible. He also does a great job of engaging with the audience in between songs, which keeps us all hanging off of every word he says.

Speaking of raw talent, the English drum and bass band Rudimental is up next. The four producers are joined on stage by an eclectic group of gifted musicians including a sax player and a trumpet player. Three soulful vocalists take turns singing lead and backup, starting with the adorable Anne-Marie who gives us everything she's got during the band's recent hit, "I Will For Love."

So far, this last day at Bonnaroo is full of charisma and musical prowess but even the best of them can't compete with Florence And The Machine. Lead singer Florence Welch is ethereal, baring her soul in her bare feet for an adoring and attentive audience. As the sun begins to set, she runs freely from one side of the stage to the other, performing crowd pleasers such as the recent hit, "Ship to Wreck," and the triumphant classic that we just can't live without: "Shake It Off."

Over at The Other Tent, Caribou is moving and grooving to a pulsating bass beat and spaceship sounds. Band leader Daniel Snaith looks like a kid with a bunch of toys as he messes with effects and croons into the mic.

A small audience is gathered for Betty Who at the conveniently titled Who Stage. The Australian singer and songwriter dazzles the intimate crowd with her cleverly written pop tracks, most notably the dance anthem "All of You," and 80s influenced "High Society." The catchy tracks have lyrics that are easy to learn and Who has everyone singing the by the end.

I wasn't initially planning on catching Billy Joel's set but after a series of events I ended up singing "Piano Man" at the top of my lungs with everyone anyways. The Generation Xers that I've been noticing occasionally throughout the weekend have all congregated in the same place and I am surprised at how many of them are actually here. I guess that's the magic of Bonnaroo, though. Anyone can be a part of the Roo Crew, so long as they have a love for music and don't mind getting a little sweaty (okay, a lot sweaty).

Words by Addie Provost.
Photos by Derek Duoba

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