It's that time of Bonnaroo 2016 when the Tennssee festival hits the halfway mark, huge sets by Pearl Jam, Ellie Goulding, Haim, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and more are imminent, and everything seems to be cooking with gas. Despte a little rain and distant lightning came that forced all of Bonnaroo to wait out the storm.
Here are 10 the coolest nono-obvious moments we caught at Bonnaroo on Saturday (June 11):
• Chance The Rapper’s Bonnaroo cameo tally is up to four: After playing with J. Cole and Bryson Tiller last night, the Chicago native showed up during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ set as well as Miguel’s late-night love fest, the latter of which held a cover of the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.”
• As they did at Governors Ball last weekend, Haim performed two new tracks at Bonnaroo, “Nothing’s Wrong” and “Give Me Just a Little of Your Love,” each with warm 80’s textures and huge choruses. Can you tell us when the second album is coming out, girls? Please!
• Before Pearl Jam’s headlining set, frontman Eddie Vedder decided to spend part of his afternoon jamming unannounced with pal Judd Apatow in the comedy tent. Appatow, unsurprisingly, was later side-stage for Pearl Jam’s performance.
• Vedder was busy making a fellow performer’s dream come true Saturday. pop star/Pearl Jam-super-fan Ellie Goulding had an extremely adorable face-to-face moment meeting her “hero.”
• Prior to launching into a new song titled “Game Show,” Two Door Cinema Club’s Alex Trimble assured the crowd that the new tunes signaled the band’s first album release since 2012. Trimble himself estimates that the new album will be out “before the end of the year.”
• The surprise early-afternoon set by Jason Mraz meant a big crowd in the midday heat, hits like “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up,” and… bad jokes! “I played a skinny jeans convention one time… it was tight,” Mraz quipped, in the first (but not the last!) skinny jeans joke during his set.
• Band of Horses were full of free and easy Americana during the band’s afternoon set on the big What stage, playing tracks from the really strong, hours-old album Why Are You Ok? But have you ever looked up into the rafters of that huge stage and seen the pigeons perched there? Watch out, Bonnaroovians.
The roaming bands of friends in matching outfits was in full effect at Bonnaroo 2016. Nevermind the pack of Super Mans, how about a pack of ‘Roo-Tang Clan fans decked out in Wu-Tang-tastic orange and black, with the hip hop collective’s logo and name bent to their own will.
It may have been hot and humid, but Chris Stapleton was a cool drink of watch as he made his way through choice cuts from Traveller from underneath his big, tattered cowboy hat. But his awww moment goes to duetting with his wife on the old standard “You Are My Sunshine.”
During a medley of country hits by other artists, Sam Hunt tossed out a playful rendition of Maren Morris’ recent hit, “My Church.” Fun fact: Morris is playing Bonnaroo on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the Hunt cover!