Bonnaroo 2014 Day Three Recap: Music Times Checks Out Cake, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Jack White And More
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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2014: Day 3
12 p.m. -- Wake Up
12:30 -3 p.m. -- Seeing as today the sun decided to come out and melt all of us, we decided to wait until the late afternoon to head into Centeroo. That way, we could last all night and not be exhausted from the heat.
4 p.m. -- Cake at The Which Stage
Cake brought an energetic show despite the heat, concentrating on sing-alongs including "Sheep Go To Heaven," their cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," "Never There," "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," and "The Distance."
5:25 p.m. -- Damon Albarn at The What Stage
For me, this was the best performance of the weekend. I had never seen him live, and boy does he get weird on stage with his crazy eyes and the smile he kept flashing the audience.
With a music career spanning 25 years, he performed a set to please fans from an assortment of his projects. He started off with songs off his debut solo album, Everyday Robots, with tracks such as "Lonely Press Play," "Everyday Robots," "Photographs," and "Hostiles," among others. He also brought out a special choir for "Mr. Tembo."
However, nothing got the crowd more excited than when he performed his Gorillaz hits, bringing out De La Soul's Vincent Mason for "Feel Good Inc." and Del tha Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood."
A brass ensemble also took part in the set, helping out on "Broken" and "Kids With Guns."
7:15- 8:40 p.m. -- Wandered around Centeroo, got a massage, and ate an ice-cream cone
8:45 p.m. -- James Blake at That Tent
The crowd slowly made its way to James Blake's set as the sun had just gone down. He progressed through tracks such as "Air & Lack Thereok," "I never Learnt to Share," "Overgrown," "I Am Sold," and "Life Round Here," closing out with "Retrograde" and "The Wilhelm Scream."
His set also included a few covers including Feist's "Limit To Your Love" Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You," and Bill Withers' "Hope She'll Be Happier."
10:45 p.m. -- Jack White at The What Stage
Perhaps the highest energy headliner of the weekend, Jack White took the stage about an hour outside of his home base in Nashville. He started and finished the set with White Stripes tracks "Icky Thump" and "Seven Nation Army" and played a few tracks off his latest album, Lazaretto, including "Three Women," and "Alone In My Home." He also dipped into tracks off Blunderbuss, such as "Love Interruption" and "Freedom at 21." White played past the firework finale with an extra half-hour's worth of music. His "rants" were a bit more inspiring than West's the night before, though they both put the press on blast. Before leaving the stage, White noted a few acts he wanted fans to see, such as Nick Cave and Arctic Monkeys.
Even after the set ended, you could hear chants of "Seven Nation Army" across the field. Sorry Kanye, Jack White is the real rockstar.
1 a.m. -- Skrillex Super Jam at This Tent
With Jack White's set lasting longer than expected, I ended up late to the SuperJam and arrived with the party in full swing.
Backing the set were members of Big Gigantic, Thundercat, and Zedd with rotating guests taking the stage throughout the night — some announced, some unannounced.
We heard Janelle Monae, Warpaint, A$AP Ferg, Mystikal, The Door's Robby Krieger, Cage the Elephant's Matt Shultz, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Damian Marley.
Toward the end of the set, Skrillex told the audience it was his first time playing with a live band in years. "I wouldn't even call this a live band," he added. "It's like an alien race of music."
2:45 a.m. -- Kaskade
Kaskade kept the night going with hours of dance music. At this point in the morning, it was hard to pay attention to what exact songs he was playing. The only concern was dancing.
5 a.m. -- Kaliope Stage Dance Party
The sun was already up, but the party was still going down at Kaliope Stage with a variety of DJs, including an appearance by Skrillex.