The Beat: Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tenn., June 12-15

"I've been doing this for a long time. The [older I get], the more I love doing it. This is my first-ever festival in America, and I know it's the best one," said Elton John during his Sunday headlining set to close out the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. The singer performed a duet with Ben Folds on the latter's "Grey Seal" and started a mass singalong to John's "Tiny Dancer." It was the perfect end to a raucous four days of music, jam-packed with five main stages and a diverse mix of artists impressing the overheated crowd of campers. Besides John, other artists, including Sam Smith, MS MR and Frank Ocean, had their own stand-out moments during their performances. Thousands flocked from headliner to headliner, with the eclectic lineup ranging from Jack White and Kanye West to legend Lionel Richie. A three-hour Saturday evening "Superjam" from Skrillex & Friends, though, truly ignited the festival during collaborations with Janelle Monae, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Cage the Elephant's Matt Shultz and Lauryn Hill on "Ready or Not," closing the show at 3:30 a.m.


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