Bonnaroo has a reputation as the biggest and craziest of the big modern rock festivals, and this year's lineup features a typically Bonnaroo mash-up of genres, including jam bands (Dave Matthews, Medeski Martin & Wood), big pop acts (Jay-Z, Kings of Leon), summer festival stalwarts (LCD Soundsystem, Flaming Lips), buzz indie bands of 2010 (Dead Weather, She & Him, Edward Sharpe), and legends from the classic rock era (Stevie Wonder, Jeff Beck, John Fogerty). The fun starts Thursday in Manchester, Tenn. And like every big festival these days, it's got its own iPhone app.
I found the Coachella iPhone app to be indispensable earlier this year, and the Bonnaroo app has similar features, including a map, personalizable schedule with live set time updates, and a way to put photos in a Bonnaroo frame and share them via e-mail or Twitter.
But the 2010 version of the app also has a feature I haven't seen in any other festival app: a live feed from Bonnaroo Radio, the Internet radio station for the festival, which plays tracks from bands performing there this year. It's a great way to learn about the acts who are playing--I wish I'd had something similar for Coachella--and to build anticipation while you're waiting to get into the show...as long as AT&T's data network holds up. It's also a nice way to track who's playing if you couldn't make the trip this year. Like all the best things in life, the app is free.