This year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival just got a bit bigger with the addition of the Lunar Stage lineup. Big things are also happening with the fest’s philanthropic arm, Bonnaroo Works Fund, which announced it’s upping its support to help Nashville flood victims.
Bonnaroo takes place June 10-13 near Manchester, Tenn., with headliners including Kings Of Leon, The Flaming Lips featuring Stardeath And White Dwarfs, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z and Dave Matthews Band.
During the day the Lunar Stage will give fans a chance to watch the World Cup games in between sets. A giant screen will be set up outdoors with the game on display starting at 6:30 a.m. Once the sun goes down the stage will turn into an open-air dance party led by electronic artists and DJs.
The Lunar Stage lineup features DJ sets from The Crystal Method, Hercules and Love Affair along with performances by Kaskade, Sharam, Mark Knight, Timo Maas, Lee Burridge, Danny Howells, Afrojack, LA Riots and Dieselboy.
Fans that can’t make it to the fest this year are invited to check out Bonnaroo’s YouTube channel to watch a live webcast with over 20 performances as well as a collection of Bonnaroo’s best performance clips available after the event.
Earlier this month the Bonnaroo Works Fund, which supports local, regional and national nonprofit organizations, donated $10,000 to the Middle Tennessee Red Cross to assist with flood relief.
Heavy rainstorms and subsequent flooding the first weekend in May damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and took the lives of more than 34 people in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. About 50 Nashville schools were damaged along with the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and LP Field.
Festival organizers are encouraging friends and fans to continue to donate through the Bonnaroo Works Fund with the promise that the fund will match all donations, dollar for dollar up to $30,000 through June 6. All donations go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Bonnaroo has also partnered with Jonathan Sexton of Jonathan Sexton & the Big Love Choir for another donation matching opportunity. Sexton will be at the post office at the Bonnaroo Festival site giving out hugs from noon on Friday, June 11 to noon on Saturday, June 12. The singer is hoping to embrace more than 7,800 fans to break the Guinness World Record for the most hugs in a 24-hour period. The fest hopes fans will also share the love with Music City through a donation to the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville “Restore the Dream” Fund. Bonnaroo is matching donations up to $10,000.
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