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Summer Festival Preview: Manchester, TN

For a long four days in June, Nashville won’t be Tennessee’s premier city for musicianship and performance. 
That distinction, the multi-stage music festival known as Bonnaroo , will belong to the city 
of Manchester. 
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place June 11-14. General admission tickets are set at $224.50 until sold out. After that, the prices will increase at approximately $10 as the festival 
grows closer. 
The tickets include the ability to bring an RV and camp on the 700-acre farm at which Bonnaroo takes place. Admission also grants access to the numerous activities and events that compliment the staggering line-up. 
Stand-up comedy, movie theaters and an arcade will make taking a break from the music exhausting.
Besides a rare tour stop by iconic jam band Phish, Bonnaroo boasts enough bands to appeal to everybody’s tastes. The line-up includes more than enough rock ’n’ roll bands to keep your ears ringing for the festival’s entirety. 
In addition, Bonnaroo offers alternative styles and exposes its audience members to music they might not know they like. Classic performers such as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails share the stage with less noticed acts including the stunning arrangements of Grizzly Bear, the frenetic chopped samples of Girl Talk and the long-traveled, but oft-forgotten 
Animal Collective. 
More notable acts include the hip-hop offerings of G-funk legend Snoop Dogg and the breakneck metal of Coheed and Cambria.
Bonnaroo brings together musical artists from all different styles and influences and gives them and the audience a chance to come together to celebrate musicianship as a whole. 
The festival fuses culture and background, inspiration and hardships. Bands such as The Knux, Alberta Cross, Cherryholmes, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Bon Iver, Lucinda Williams, The Stairs, Gomez, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Del McCoury Band and Delta Spirit lead an influx of new and old talent congregating in the warm month of June to pay homage to past congregations of music greats and to entertain their audiences thirsty for artistic expression. 
Bonnaroo has been a yearly event since 2002 and has seen acts from Bob Dylan to Dave Matthews to Kanye West grace the farmland of Tennessee. 
The tickets may be expensive, but in comparison to the entertainment value and the daunting collection of musical talent, spending four days in beautiful, rural Tennessee seems almost priceless. 
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