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Big Fun Music Festival Bonnaroo in Tennessee
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Rebecca Lovell of Larkin Poe performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday, June 14, 2024, in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Big Fun Music Festival Bonnaroo in Tennessee

June 15th, 2024

People are at a big music festival called Bonnaroo in Tennessee. It's happening on a big farm. Many people come to hear music and see art. Bands and singers like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, and Pretty Lights are playing music. Many, many people are there, about 80,000. The music plays all day and all night, even when the sun comes up. Other singers are there too, like Megan Thee Stallion and Maggie Rogers. People are watching movies, laughing at jokes, and having fun all day. It's very hot. People need water and shade from the sun. They bring tents and things to make shade. People can watch some of the music on TV on Hulu. Bonnaroo is a very big and fun place for music and art. It has been happening for over 20 years. Every year, lots of people come to have fun and listen to music.
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💭 Discussion Questions


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. Where is the big music festival called Bonnaroo happening?
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. What do people do at Bonnaroo?
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. Can people watch the music on TV?

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🌐 Cultural context


Bonnaroo is a large annual music and arts festival in the United States. It features various genres and artists, attracting a diverse crowd for entertainment and community.

🧠 Further reading


Re'im music festival massacre
On October 7, 2023, a group called Hamas attacked Israel. They hurt a lot of people at a music festival called Supernova Sukkot Gathering. It was a Jewish holiday called Shemini Atzeret. The festival was near a place called kibbutz Re'im. They also took some people and we don't know where they are now. Early in the morning, people saw rockets and heard a warning siren. Everyone tried to run away. Men with guns and on motorcycles and trucks came and started to shoot at the people. Some people tried to hide but they were found and killed. Some tried to get away in their cars but there was too much traffic and they got stuck. The music festival started on October 7th, too. It was a big party with dance music in the desert. It was 5 kilometers from the place where the festival was. This was part of a big party they do everywhere in the world. It started in Brazil 23 years ago.

Music technology (electronic and digital)
People make music using computers and electronic things. They use these things to play, write, make different sounds, and record music. Long ago, a man named Thadheus made the first electric music thing. Another man, Leon, made an instrument that you play without touching. Later, people took sounds and changed them to make new music. Robert Moog made a thing called a synthesizer that made new sounds. A woman named Wendy used this to make music from an old composer, Bach. In the 1980s, people made it so that music things could talk to computers. This made making music easier. In the 1990s and 2000s, more and more people liked to dance to music made with computers.

List of festivals in Nigeria
In Nigeria, there are lots of festivals. These festivals are very old and come from the time before big religions came to the country. People in Nigeria have many different cultures and they celebrate special days in their own way. The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation is trying to tell people more about these festivals. They think the festivals can bring tourists and money to Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture said there are over 365 festivals in Nigeria! There are book festivals in Nigeria. People come to read and talk about books. Some book festivals are in Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kaduna, and other places. Film festivals are also popular in Nigeria. These festivals show movies from Africa and other places. Some are in Abuja, Lagos, and Kaduna. Music is big in Nigeria, too. There are music festivals where people listen to songs and dance. These festivals happen in different parts of Nigeria. Cultural festivals show the traditions of Nigerian people. They have festivals for fishing, art, and different Nigerian cultures. These festivals happen all over Nigeria and they are very colorful and fun. So, in Nigeria, festivals are important. They help people remember their culture and bring people from all over to enjoy and learn.