My crew and I pulled into the fest grounds just after 7 p.m. After
unloading and setting up camp, we headed over to Centeroo to spy the
We stopped by the Troo Music Lounge for a moment of Frank Turner's show but could hardly hear him because of loud music emanating from a distant stage.
It was the newly added Lunar Stage that ultimately owned Thursday night's crowd, with DJs Dieselboy and Afrojack fueling the party. Thousands of obviously intoxicated festival attendees meandered over as their heavy hitting, highly infectious beats overpowered Centeroo.
Other acts, the xx and Lotus, performed at the same time, which we
checked out briefly, but each time, we could still hear the Lunar
Stage party, and each time, we followed the heart-thudding beats (and
the herds of people) back that way.
Near the end of Dutch DJ Afrojack's performance, he said to the tranced fans, "When they asked me to play this festival, I was like, 'What the fuck is a Bonnaroo?' But I'm feeling you! I love you Bonnaroo!"
That was the night's highlight. Other high points included a 3 a.m. ride
on the ferris wheel, a fire dancing performance, and my air mattress
when it was all said and done.