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Bonnaroo going virtual this month with a mix of new and archival performances

Entertainment Weekly logo Entertainment Weekly 3 days ago Christian Holub
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Bonnaroo is recalibrating. The annual summer music festival in Tennessee had to reschedule this year's iteration due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, but on Wednesday revealed plans for putting on a virtual program. “Virtual Roo-Ality” will be a free three-night broadcast on YouTube, featuring both new performances and archival ones from Bonnaroo's past.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: 'Virtual Roo-ality' will be a free three-night streaming program on YouTube later this month. © Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic 'Virtual Roo-ality' will be a free three-night streaming program on YouTube later this month.

Those archival performances are at the top of the Virtual Roo-Ality poster. They include Alabama Shakes from 2015, James Brown himself from 2003, Run the Jewels from 2015, and the Beastie Boys’ historic final concert performance from 2009.

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Bonnaroo isn't just about music, it's also about vibes. The Virtual Roo-Ality programming also includes a “Sanctuary of Self Love” bloc curated by Hayley Williams, featuring conversations about mental health and diversity. Director David Lynch is part of that lineup, for a conversation about meditation and creativity.

Virtual Roo-Ality will stream live on Sept. 24-26 beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET each day, exclusively at the official Bonnaroo YouTube channel. A full schedule is "coming soon," according to Bonnaroo's website.

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