published Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Bonnaroo: Big festivals are good for fans


During one of the many thunderstorms that hit Manchester and the Bonnaroo site Thursday, I spent several minutes visiting with Steven Smith, one of the hosts for Fuse, which is the official television partner for the festival.

He’s got a pretty cool gig, spending the weekend interviewing everybody from Snoop Dogg to the Beastie Boys.

His job is traveling the country attending festivals like Bonnaroo. He’s a big fan of the multi-artist, multi-day events.

“America has finally caught on,” he said. “Europe has done them for years. Let the people come to you. They will come.”

Among his favorites are Coachella and the CMA Music Fest being held in Nashville this weekend.

“That is the most amazing thing ever,” he said. “I encourage all genres to do it like they do.”

The appeal for such events is that fans can see a whole lot of different acts in a relatively short amount of time, he said, something that has echoed by fans all weekend.

This is Smith’s second Bonnaroo and his goal this year is to see more comics in the Comedy Tent. On Friday, the line to get in to see such acts as Triumph the Insult Dog was easily 200 yards long.

One of the coolest things Smith has seen here is the view from the giant Ferris wheel in Centeroo.

“Up there it looks like an army attacking Mordor.”

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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