Skrillex brings out a special guest, Phoenix can't wait to see Kanye, and more from the first full day at the 'Roo.
After Bonnaroo 2014 commenced with a half-day of music on Thursday, Friday (June 13) was an epic assortment of artists that began in the early afternoon and stretched well past midnight.
All eyes were on Kanye West as he made his long-awaited return to Bonnaroo, but the day was packed with highlights, from Sam Smith's first major U.S. festival performance to Jake Bugg covering a legend to Wayne Coyne catching some dance music to Skrillex taking off in his spaceship.Take a time-stamped look at the 20 hottest happenings on the festival's second day.
2:01 PM: "Game of Thrones" mania has spread to Bonnaroo, as a House Martell banner is seen waving under That Tent. That's not even one of the most well-known houses!
2:17 PM: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 look visibly frustrated after 15 minutes of sound problems, but when their set finally gets the go-ahead, the bass pops, the horns explode and all booties are shaking in the crowd.
2:40 PM: In his interview today with Billboard, Sam Smith admitted that he’s not much of a rock fan. However, he busted out a cover of one of the year’s most popular rock songs, the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know,” to break up a series of his own tracks. Hours earlier on the same stage, MS MR offered their own "Do I Wanna Know" rendition during their Thursday night performance. (Read a full review of Sam Smith's performance here.)
3:01 PM: Disclosure's "Latch," Take One: Sam Smith plays a stripped-down, soulful version of the dance cut.
4:12 PM: The famous (infamous?) giant Nicholas Cage head on a stick is spotted for the first time. The things we make to keep from losing our friends at Bonnaroo…
4:33 PM: Papa Smurf? In the crowd? Yeah, sure, Papa Smurf is in the crowd!
4:51 PM: Danny Brown's "Dip" gets the overflowing crowd at The Other Tent throwing elbows. One girl in the crowd narrowly dodges a big bruise on the forehead.
4:58 PM: Jake Bugg may only be 20 years old, but he knows the classics: the U.K. singer-songwriter serenades his onlookers with Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My" toward the end of his afternoon set.
6:09 PM: Janelle Monae slows things down with her soul jam "Primetime," and one can't blame her: the R&B renaissance woman was previously moving so quickly during "Q.U.E.E.N.," "Cold War" and "Tightrope" that her pair of backup singers needed to take long gulps of water during the interim between songs.
6:51 PM: In the press area, Phoenix guitarist Laurent Brancowitz confirms that, after their set ends on the Which Stage, they'll head over to catch Kanye West's headlining set. After all, Branc has never seen Yeezus in concert!
7:21 PM: The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne is enjoying the offbeat EDM stylings of A Tribe Called Red, dancing with a young blonde girl in the side stage area in between snapping selfies with excited fans.
7:23 PM: In the loading area behind the What Stage, Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend whir by on a golf cart. Just seven minutes remain until the band breaks into “Diane Young” to open their set.
9:14 PM: Phoenix prove they aren’t just about the four-minute synth-pop songs by busting out the seven-minute epic “Love Like a Sunset,” complete with a visual depicting a manic dash through the streets of Paris.
10:06 PM: Kanye West has taken the stage... meaning he's hours earlier to this set than he was to his infamous Bonnaroo set in 2008.
10:38 PM: Kanye declares himself “the number one muthafuckin' rock star on the planet," after comparing himself to Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Jim Morrison. However, he blames the three-hour set of another legendary rock artist -- Pearl Jam -- for making him late to his Bonnaroo performance in 2008, and the press for killing his subsequent performance.
11:02 PM: "What's the new cool?" Kanye asks the front crowd of his headlining set. "Let's just stop the music, and put on a Bruno Mars song right now." And then, Kanye spits out an inspiring little couplet: "They told me I would never play at the Super Bowl/At least not until I'm super old."
12:25 AM: Ice Cube offers a quick tribute to one of his "fallen heroes," Nate Dogg, by rapping the final bars of Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode" before launching into Westside Connection's collaboration with Nate, "Gangsta Nation."
1:09 AM: Disclosure's "Latch," Take Two: this time, the U.K. production duo welcomes Sam Smith on the stage to close out their sumptuous set with some live vocals.
1:19 AM: The Derek Trucks Superjam -- featuring Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Folds, Karl Denson and more -- is just getting rolling in its second hour, with the collective nailing Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours."
1:50 AM: Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is welcomed onstage by Skrillex, who has just conjured a handful of fans to purge their glow sticks when he and his glowing spaceship emerge on the Which Stage. How does Skrillex follow up Marley's appearance? By dropping a remix of "The Circle of Life" from "The Lion King," of course.