published Friday, June 1st, 2012

Bonnaroo gets under way Thursday

It's not too late to buy tickets to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which kicks off Thursday in Manchester, Tenn.

Fans will actually start filing into their campsites Wednesday night for the event, which runs through Sunday night/Monday morning, June 10-11.

Music will begin Thursday at 4 p.m. when The Dirty Guv'nahs take to the This Tent. The festival will feature more than 100 acts including Radiohead, The Beach Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Bon Iver, The Shins and Feist.

Bonnaroo audiences have come to appreciate the diversity of the lineup, which this year also includes country star Kenny Rogers and shock-rock legend Alice Cooper.

Cooper said in a conference call with media from around the country that he was looking forward to doing a "real Alice Cooper show" in front of an audience that is likely unfamiliar with the guillotines and snakes he has used during performances for the last 45 years.

"That's the best audience we can play for," he said, "is an audience that hasn't seen us.

"Generally we get an audience that's an Alice audience. One of the reasons we're going out [on tour] with Iron Maiden is because that's probably an audience that's not used to Alice either."

Tickets to the festival are $259, which includes camping. Buy them online at

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.

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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