What a long strange trip it’s been.
After four days of battling the blistering heat, sleeping under the Tennessee stars, wandering about the 700-acre campground and singing along with musical legends, my body is begging for rest. My feet are worn, my eyes are slipping shut, my fingernails are buried under heaps of dirt. But I survived my first Bonnaroo, and live to tell the tales of an extraordinary weekend.
The eleventh annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival gathered more than 80,000 music lovers to the small town of Manchester, Tennessee for four days of peace, love, and music. While Woodstock may have pioneered the festival movement in America, Bonnaroo has taken over where the hippie extravaganza left off. Bustling with eco-friendly activism, throngs of naked bodies twirling around and mudslides forming across the farm, Bonnaroo successfully transformed technology-obsessed Americans into carefree and wild-spirited festi-lovers - if only for the weekend.
The small town of Manchester, Tennessee has welcomed the bulging crowds of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for eleven years - opening its quiet roads and grassy knolls to infiltration by hippies, hipsters, burnouts, ravers, rockers and every other category of music lovers imaginable. Giant RVs, cars stuffed to the brim with supplies and hitchhiking hopefuls invade the nearby Walmart en route to the festival, gearing up for four days of foregoing electricity and showers in favor of nature exploration and musical madness. Excitement flairs during the hours-long wait to the entrance, everyone eager to set up camp and start boogying down!
Ready to jam? Perhaps you have already heard about Dispatch’s sold out reunion tour, but have you heard there’s a new EP release in the works as well?
At last, Dispatch has returned to the recording studio after ten full years of absence. The Vermont trio’s forthcoming EP is due for a summer release; no specific date or title has been announced yet. Yesterday, Dispatch released the EP’s lead single “Melon Bend” online (free download available below in exchange for an e-mail address), and on iTunes today via Bomber Records.
Dispatch will be going on a short, summer tour in 2011. They will be making a stop at the Red Bull Arena, located in Harrison, NJ on June 18th. For those interested, the tickets will be on presale January 21st, 2011 at Ticketmaster.com
After their breakup in 2002, Dispatch reunited to play a few shows over the years, but this will mark the first time the band plays together since touring in 2009.
Known for their dynamic sound, Dispatch delves into many elements of music including: folk, ska, raggea, acoustic, and more. For fans, this is cannot miss.
Genre: Indie/ Alternative
“Somebody said, downstairs, that we were shooting for, I don't know, 20,000, 30,000 people would be considered a huge success. And we want to thank you guys for putting together one of the biggest audiences, I think, probably, in independent music history- 100,000 strong!” – Brad Corrigan
Originally known as One Fell Swoop, Dispatch began in 1996 when Chad Urmston Brad Corrigan and Pete Heimbold came together at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Drawing inspiration from acoustic folk-rock, reggae and funk, Dispatch continued to grow a loyal fan base without the support of a record label until they announced their break-up in 2002. A concert set for July 2004 marked the largest turn concert turn out for in independent music history with over 110,000 fans arriving. The three members continue their work in the music industry and occasionally reunite for special performances. In 2005, they performed in New York City for Corrigan’s Relief Project. While only scheduled for one show, Dispatch quickly added three more performances to the lineup after the first showing was sold-out. Talks of a reunion still linger.
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