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Friday morning light like fire across the Bonnaroo farm.
Some had been lucky enough to sleep, others were running on purely amphetamines at this point.
From within the tent city, people were starting to come alive again. Afternoon beckoned with haste.
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A quarter past noon set the kick-off for that day's lineup: The Kooks, Electric Guest, Michael Kiwanuka and Steven Bernstein's MTO Plays SLY premiered sets at the larger stages while The Soul Rebels Needtobreathe, tUnE-yArDs, Ben Howard, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Two Door Cinema Club, Afrocubism and Sam Bush picked up where they left off to in the late afternoon.
The folk, brother-duo of The Avett Brothers harmonized into the audience's souls as they played their set at the What Stage, 'Roo's main stage that afternoon. While Little Dragon, Fitz & The Tantrums, Trampled by Turtles, Feist, Ludacris, St. Vincent and Dawes closed out the daytime performances from underneath the tents: This, That and The Other.
Friday's sunset streaked across the sky as Foster the People took the Which stage for their headline opener. The band's set ended with their most popular single, "Pumped Up Kicks," and mixed in a up-tempo dance version with confetti cannons to send the people to that night's main show, Radiohead.
The close to 100,000 members of the audience were stoned with awe as the Friday night headliners took stage.
"Karma Police," "Just" and "Paranoid Android" are just a handful of top songs the band performed during this inclined show.
A camera angle sat on every member of the band where they were individually displayed on screens; as part of the light spectacle. The camera filming Thom Yorke, lead vocals, guitar and piano, sat directly in front of his face. Where mid-performance he stuck his eyeball up to the lens so that the audience could only see his pupil skip inside the geometric frames.
Beyond the gifted musicianship of Radiohead's members, and even farther beyond the bounds of how Yorke's lyrics grip our souls, was an execution of entertainment phenomena. We had all caught a glimpse into the heart and peaked beneath the skull at the ingenuity of a modern virtuoso.
What caught my attention about the lead vocalist was his wry approach to the masses of adoring fans. His stoned, dry voice would only speak in short excerpts. Only to be greeted by shrieks and laughs of joy.
At one point in the show, Yorke stated, "This is a new song.. I hope you like it. If not, oh well."
A sign of a good show is for a band to leave you before the energy does. Radiohead performed.
Shortly past midnight, the headliner closed out their set and released the cluster of adrenaline-based, music junkies onto the early morning entertainers featuring Major Lazer, Black Star and The Word, (with blues-men John Medeski, Robert Randolph and the North Mississippi Allstars.)
While other areas in this particular time zone were beginning to rest calm for the night, Bonnaroo still set the pace as the 2am and later shows with Umphrey's McGee, Flying Lotus, Ivan Neville's Dumpstapunk and Big Freedia began their closing sets for the night.
Meanwhile the Silent Disco, (a tent where headphones are handed out to hear the DJ spin and the illusion of music-less dancing), was packing out across the dance floor.
Not long after the trance of Flying Lotus' set ended Umphrey's McGee took the torch and led what was left of the festival inhabitants into the morning sun break.
The sky beckoned a new day as it grew out of the dim night into a what looked like a Jackson Pollock painting; smeared with red, yellow and orange contorted and gleamed through the cloud, messy but beautiful.
We, this subterranean beat, took it as a sign. With the pat and bend of feet; all those ushered back to their humble abodes in wait for the heart of Saturday in this weekend fiasco.
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