Infrastructure improvements planned for the grounds of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will not be completed in time for this year’s festival, set for June 8-11, officials have announced.
The festival annually draws about 80,000 music lovers to Coffee County. This year it will be headlined by Irish band U2. The lineup is due to be released today (Wednesday).
Last year, Coffee County received a grant of $500,000 awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission to extend water lines from Manchester to allow for permanent structures to be built on the festival grounds.
This amount of $500,000 will be matched by $650,000 from the owners of Bonnaroo, $100,000 from the City of Manchester and $150,000 from Coffee County for a total of $1.4 million to be invested in the project.
The project is still in its initial phases and is not expected to be completed before June 2018, according to Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell. The lines will begin roughly at the Highland Drive, cross Highway Drive and go through the subdivisions in the area and end at the Animal Health Clinic, which is located at 1722 Hillsboro Blvd. in Manchester.
“The engineer has been cleared to complete his design for the project,” said Bryan Pennington, director of Manchester Water Department. “Scot St. John is the design engineer for the project.”
Lineup announced; U2 to headline
While the lineup for this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is to be announced today (Wednesday), it was announced Monday that the band U2 would headline the festival.
The Irish band will celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree” album, which entered the U.S. album charts at No 7 and reached No 1 three weeks later, becoming the first U2’s album to reach first place at the charts in U.S.
According to www.u2.com, U2 members will be on the road this summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their career-defining album. Bono (lead vocals), the Edge (lead guitar), Adam Clayton (bass guitar) and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums) will be performing the album every night as part of their tour. The tour will start on May 12 and will include the band’s first appearance at Bonnaroo. In July, the tour will bring U2 to Dublin, 30 years after the original performance of “The Joshua Tree” in June of 1987.
Presale of tier-one tickets started on Nov. 25, and music lovers could take advantage of getting 4-day general admission tickets for $274.50 plus fees. As of today, the general admission tier-two tickets cost $299.50 plus fees. When tier-two tickets are sold out, the price of tier-three tickets will go up to $324.50 plus fees, and tier-four tickets will cost $349.50 plus fees. These tickets will give music lovers admission to the four days of the festival. Each vehicle will require a separate parking pass or camping pass. A day parking pass comes at a price of $39.75 plus fees, and a separate camping pass costs $59.75 plus fees.
A Le Bon Souvenir tent will cost $575, which will be set up upon campers’ arrival and will be theirs to take home after the festival. This price includes a souvenir two-person tent, two souvenir air mattresses, two sleeping bags and a car camping pass. For information on fancier options, which come with a higher price, visit www.bonnaroo.com/tickets.
What to expect
The festival offers various stages, eclectic music, fun activities and great food from more than 125 food vendors. Not only will visitors be able to enjoy the music but they will be able to enjoy great food, including gourmet pizza, burgers, spinach mozzarella dumplings, fish tacos, barbecue and donuts.
Other activities include the Silent Disco, Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Barn, The Solar Stage and The Kalliope Stage.
To learn more about the activities offered by Bonnaroo, visit www.bonnaroo.com/experience/activities/.