Bonnaroo 2013 Streaming Live via Ustream Starting Friday

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This week, thousands of music (and, uh, candy - don't kid yourselves) fanatics have begun to descend upon Manchester, Tennessee for the annual Bonnaroo Music Festival. The music kicks off today, with Thursday's acts including Purity Ring, Killer Mike, and Japandroids.

If you were unable to attend Bonnaroo this year, well, that sucks. But you can watch it all online for free - if you're more about the music than the experience.

Just not today. Ustream is taking over the Bonnaroo streaming duties this year, and their coverage begins on Friday. They'll have two channels up and running throughout the weekend, and plan on streaming over 40 shows.

The stream comes as a Ustream partnership with AOL's Cambio, who will provide exclusive content during the festival.

"This is the first time viewers everywhere will have access to the lineup of Bonnaroo performances through Ustream's interactive, socially integrated platform – so we want to ensure as many music fans as possible get the chance to check out their favorite bands," said Brad Hunstable, CEO of Ustream. "Cambio’s unique mix of content will offer music fans a highly engaging experience, enriched by the global community at their fingertips through our Social Stream during the webcast.”

You can check out the stream here (it's off air until 4:00 Friday).

Video streaming by Ustream

In 2011, the Bonnaroo livestream was sponsored by VEVO. Then they passed the torch to YouTube in 2012.

Here's the {tentative} schedule for Ustream's Bonnaroo stream:

4:00pm-5:00pm — Local Natives
5:00pm-6:15pm — Of Monsters and Men
6:30pm-8:00pm — Wilco
8:00pm-9:00pm — Passion Pit
9:00pm-10:00pm — Paul McCartney (first hour)
10:00pm-11:30pm — Jim James
12:00pm-2:00am — Superjam with RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Solange, and Chad Hugo featuring Lettuce plus special guests

4:00pm-4:30pm — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
4:30pm-5:30pm — Calexico (partial set)
5:30pm-6:45pm — Grizzly Bear
6:45pm-7:30pm — Glen Hansard (partial set)
7:30pm-9:00pm — Wu-Tang Clan
9:00pm-10:15pm — Foals
10:30pm-11:30pm — The Vaccines
11:30pm-12:45am — The xx
12:45am-2:00am — Conspirator

3:45pm-4:45pm — Lord Huron
4:45pm-6:15pm — Nas
6:15pm-7:15pm — Four Tet
7:15pm-8:15pm — Matt & Kim
8:15pm-9:30pm —The Lumineers
9:30pm – 11:30pm — Mumford & Sons

4:00pm-5:15pm — Portugal. The Man
5:15pm-6:30pm — Dirty Projectors
6:30pm-7:00pm — Solange (partial set)
7:00pm-8:30pm — Beach House
8:30pm-10:00pm — Gov’t Mule
10:00pm-11:30pm — A-Trak
11:30pm-12:30am — Japandroids
12:30pm-1:30am — ALO with Special Guests

2:30pm-3:30pm — Delta Rae
3:30pm-4:30pm — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
4:30pm-5:30pm — Kendrick Lamar
5:30pm-6:30pm — Allen Stone
6:30pm-8:00pm — The National
9:30pm-10:45pm — Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

2:45pm-3:45pm — Father John Misty
3:45pm-4:45pm — Big K.R.I.T.
5:00pm-6:30pm — Swans
6:30pm-7:45pm — Tame Impala
7:45pm-9:00pm — A$AP Rocky
9:00pm-10:00pm — Divine Fits

Josh Wolford
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