The summer music festival season has been great so far and on Thursday, Jun. 11, things are going to get even better. The team here at MTV has touched down at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival; and we're excited to see everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Mumford & Sons, but it's not just the music that makes Bonnaroo so special.
We've been eagerly anticipating this one for the past 365 days (give or take a few), since last year's trip to Manchester, Tennessee and you can say we've been a bit number obsessed. We've been so fascinated by the math of Bonnaroo that we hit up Rick Farman, one of the masterminds behind the festival, and picked his brain to come up with this cool by the numbers piece.
Prepare to be amazed.
According to Bonnaroo.com, 189 acts including Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Bleachers, Mumford & Sons and Tove Lo will all take the stage this weekend.
In addition to 189 musical acts, Bonnaroo will also showcase 18 comedians including Chris Hardwick.
From Thursday to Sunday, Bonnaroo will be open 24 hours a day with music and different festival experiences.
The Bonnaroo Festival grounds are as big as 375 football fields. That's about 10 times more football fields than the entire NFL has.
The Bonnaroo Works Fund supports communities by contributing funds to promote positive growth in the arts, education and environmental sustainability. They have given more than $7 million to 100 different organizations.
Bonnaroo is expecting over 80,000 music lovers. With a festival population that large Bonnaroo becomes the seventh largest city in Tennessee for the weekend.
That's the number of keys (house keys and car keys) that were tallied in the lost and found at the end of last year's festival.
Over the past two years Bonnaroo has sold power from the festival's solar panels back to Tennessee. How much? 110,774 KWh. Can you feel the power?
On Saturday at 9 a.m. festival-goers can take part in the third annual Roo Run, a 5k race and costume party.
The Bonnaroo Works Fund provides energy efficient upgrades to low-income families in Tennessee. That's $0.
Bonnaroo's crowd is almost evenly split between men and women. 49% of ticket holders are female, 51% are male.
Bonnaroo composites waste on site and since 2008 festival organizers have turned over 325 tons of compostable waste.
92 percent of the festival goers are college educated. Knowledge is power.
55 percent of Bonnaroo festival-goers travel 500 miles or more to get to the Manchester, Tennessee.
Festival goers also travel from over 37 countries including Canada, Japan, U.K. and Australia.
Last year, Bonnaroo reduced its use of single-use plastic items and kept 400,000 water bottles out of the landfill. Give them a round of applause.