With the frying Tennessee heat and the two biggest stages open for business, Bonnaroo 2016 got completely underway Friday (June 10). LCD Soundsystem's joyous What Stage performance was one of the night’s biggest headlines, but so much happened on day two of the fest it would have taken an army of fans to have seen it all. Here are 11 of the coolest moments we witnessed Friday:
1. Hours after her own set, Halsey joined the Chainsmokers to perform their new song “Closer,” driving the "New Americana" crowd into a frenzy.
2. There’s a pretty good chance at least a couple of babies will be born nine months after Leon Bridges’ sunset set in the Other Tent. Turns out there were plenty of couples hitting it under the trees as his smooth retro R&B croon glided out to touch everybody. We hope those couples were paying attention when he went out of his way to point out “Lisa Sawyer” is about his mom. The sax-fueled good vibes, which carried into “Golden Room” and “Hold On,” were fun on the ground, but the perfect experience was riding the Bonnaroo ferris wheel next door watching the twilight make the festival glow from a birds-eye view.
3. In the backstage artist area, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford was playing ping-pong with a buddy, while SNL’s Vanessa Bayer was spotted chatting with friends under a tree prior to her festival performance.
4. Pearl Jam will headline the massive What Stage tomorrow, but tonight bassist Jeff Ament was at Bonnaroo early to watch LCD Soundsystem hold court with a throbbing, euphoric dance party lit by an oversized disco ball for the massive glowstick infested crowd.
5. LeBron James jerseys, Kyrie Irving jerseys, Tristan Thompson jerseys… the Cleveland Cavaliers were well-represented at Bonnaroo prior to the team’s pivotal Game 4 in the NBA Finals, which was in the festival’s Cinema Tent on Friday night (sadly for the jersey-wearers, the Cavs lost the game to Golden State).
6. Andra Day gave a personal shout-out to Kendrick Lamar during her afternoon set, saying that his Section 80 track “No Make-Up (Her Vice)” helped her deal with “identity issues” about her public presentation, before offering a soulful cover with some top-notch rapping.
7. In the hot afternoon sun, Nashville native Aubrie Sellers — daughter of country hitmaker Lee Ann Womak — walked the line between country and rock in the New Music on Tap lounge. Self-professed to be on the “little bit country” side, her “Losing Ground” proved a highlight that lit up the dark tent.
8. Kamasi Washington wasn’t going to let his afternoon set at the This Tent stay mellow for long. While the chill horns took the edge off the Tennessee heat, within one song he and his band had turned up the heat (and the brass) inspiring the thousands gathered to shake their asses and work up a sweat.
9. As temperatures approached the mid-90s on Friday, festival goers flocked to the mushroom fountain in the center of the festival grounds for some impromptu shower. During Ibeyi’s chilled-out afternoon set, dozens of fans could be seen dozing off in the shade in order to stave off the heat.
10. Out on the Who Stage, Public Access T.V. drew a scruffy crowd eager to dance a little, sway a little, and get themselves going on the New Yorkers’ likable post-punk riffage, which ended up sounded just as at home on The Farm as it does in Manhattan.
11. The Which Stage boasted acts like M83 and Tame Impala… as well as a group of wiseacres with a playground parachute that they kept tossing into the air as if they were in kindergarten. Shout-out to the seated people below the parachute who didn’t get annoyed by the multicolored nylon fabric bouncing off their heads.
If you can't be at Bonnaroo in person, be sure to watch the official Bonnaroo Livestream on Fuse.tv throughout the weekend. Bonnaroo 2016 rolls on tomorrow and Sunday, but in the meantime, check out Fuse's recent Fuse First video with Leon Bridges: