This article is dedicated to all of you whose friends have trotted off to Bonnaroo without you. Whether you couldn't get off work, don't have the money or can't stand the thought of camping in 90-degree weather for 4 days, you've stayed behind while others are beginning to arrive at the festival as we speak.
It's okay, though, you can watch many of the big performances from the comfort of your own home, or office chair, or smartphone for that matter. Vevo will be streaming many of the shows live, beginning tomorrow at noon.
The VEVO crew will be covered in sweat, mud and sunscreen in Manchester to bring you as much from the grounds as we possibly can. Stinky or not, we’ll be tweeting to the high heavens about the fest, have a slew of live performances from the Southern event set to stream, and will blog every single thing we see onstage and off.
The festival actually kicks off today, but Vevo's coverage won't begin until tomorrow. Some of the solid shows today are Wavves, Best Coast, The Walkmen, Sleigh Bells, and Deerhunter. But to see those, Bonnaroo attendees have most likely had to endure some of the famous multiple-mile-long traffic jams entering the grounds.
Although Vevo's Bonnaroo site is not yet providing streaming video, it does have an "on the scene" section with a photo gallery, blogging from the festival grounds and flashbacks highlight videos and interviews.
Here's a taste of what concerts Vevo will be streaming (All times EST):
Tomorrow, June 10th - Florence + The Machine at 6:45 pm and My Morning Jacket at 8:15 pm
Saturday, June 11th - Ray LaMontagne at 2:30 pm, Alison Krauss & Union Station at 4:00 pm, Kylesa at 5:30 pm, Wiz Khalifa at 5:50 pm, Mumford & Sons at 8:00 pm and Arcade Fire at 9:30 pm
Sunday, June 12th - Cold War Kids at 5:00 pm, The Stroke at 6:45 pm, Explosions in the Sky at 8:15 pm and Widespread Panic at 8:45 pm
Ok, so what about the people who are already there/on the way/leaving shortly? Well, the weather looks to be a nice, cool 92 degrees today, 91 tomorrow, 90 on Saturday and 87 on Sunday. Although the recently updated Bonnaroo app can do a lot, unfortunately it can't lower the temperature or humidity.
The 2011 Bonnaroo iOS app features a full festival lineup and map feature with the added ability to plan your personal schedule of which shows you're going to attend. And with so much happening all at once, planning your schedule is crucial.
The app has full Facebook and Twitter integration and also features GroupMe for easy group messaging and uses Color to stream photos being taken in real time. It also features a "Roo Camera Booth" with new photo filters.
So whether you are enduring the crowd and heat in Manchester, TN, or watching from your temperate living room, this year's Bonnaroo looks like it have some great shows. Which performance are you most excited to see?