For those of you who may have missed our story last summer, one of the highlights from Bonnaroo’s 10th Year Anniversary June 9-12, 2011 in Manchester, TN was the set by Florence and the Machine. And now, she and her band are set to take the stage at this year’s Coachella, 2012!
Last June, despite the 94-degree weather and humidity, Bonnaroo provided a unique experience as it brought together a line-up of indies artist and mega-acts, summer fashion styles reminiscent of a new-school version of the ‘70’s, plus art exhibitions, cinema, a comedy tent, and an array of eco-friendly programs.
Among the exhibitions in colorfully high form were a giant cuckoo clock that went off on the hour running backwards (as time takes on a different dimension at the ‘Roo), a colorful ferris wheel, an entire arcade area, massive water fountain, a post office made completely of recycled materials and adobe, surrounded by an edible garden, several stages with names What, Which, This, That, and The Other, an entire “academy” with classes from yoga to drum-making, belly dancing, shitake log demos, and a seed-swap.
Of course most people are there for the music and the line-up was diverse–from indie darlings such as Matt and Kim, Deer Tick, The White Buffalo, Lionize, Florence and the Machine, The Decemberists, and Robyn, to old-school performers such as Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Gregg Allman, Loretta Lynn, and Buffalo Springfield. Headliners included a huge range such as NOFX, Gogol Bordello, The Strokes, Girl Talk, Eminem, The Aracade Fire, The Black Keys, and Lil Wayne.
When Florence and the Machine took the stage, we were all mesmerized by her huge voice, entranced motions, and of course the amazing harp player in her band.
Stay tuned for more flash-back music moments of women musicians we’ve adored in the past year and who are gaining in fame for 2012.