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8 Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bonnaroo

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If you're a musician, you probably already know that Bonnaroo is a wildly popular four-day music festival held on a farm in Manchester, TN, every June. Ever since it was created by Superfly Productions in 2002, the fest has hosted world-renowned acts such as Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Beach Boys, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and countless others. With the 2015 lineup including superstar acts like Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, My Morning Jacket, Childish Gambino, and Spoon, it remains one of the most successful and relevant music festivals today. Consequence of Sound cited it as the "Festival of the Decade," saying, "Bonnaroo is not just a music festival. It is a community of people who share a deep understanding with one another." 

The festival is known for hosting a diverse array of music, including indie rock, world music, hip-hop, jazz, Americana, bluegrass, country music, folk, gospel, reggae, electronica, and other alternative music. Even though it's one of the largest music festivals in the world, there are plenty of surprising facts about the festival that you may not know. We enlisted the help of Katelyn Scott, coordinator of client services for Superfly and Bonnaroo, to get some insider info on what most people don't know about the fest.

9 Secrets From Indie Artists for Selling a Ton of Merch After Their Shows

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You packed the house. You had a fantastic performance. The entire crowd loved every minute of your set. Now you have to turn that enthusiasm into album and T-shirt sales. How do you go about doing that? That's a question I asked a few indie hip-hop artists who are masterful at the merch table in hopes of finding out some of their secrets to success. What I ended up learning from Jake Palumbo, Tah Phrum Duh Bush, Toussaint Morrison, Joey Batts, and N.M.E. The Illest is a little something I like to call The Nine Merch Commandments.

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Mar 31, 2015 09:00 AM

D. Edward

The SXSW Diaries: D. Edward

D. Edward. (Photo courtesy D. Edward)

I've been a full-time musician for over 10 years, mainly playing and touring with other groups and artists. As I've focused on my solo career over the past three or four years, attending conferences such as SXSW have become increasingly more important. This year, I'm going to as many music industry events as I can, and I hope by this time next year, I'll look back and say it was all worth it.

3 Pieces of Music Career Advice You Should Never Follow

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These days it seems like everyone has an opinion on how to make it in the music biz. With all the nonsense that's floating around, rich with all the latest buzz phrases and old-school ideologies, it's tough to weed out the good stuff from all of the outdated and futile information lurking in the depths of the internet and spewing from the mouths of washed-up professors and industry ancients. Here are three pieces of music career advice that you should never follow.

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Mar 30, 2015 12:00 PM

Sonicbids Staff

This Week's Most Read Articles on Sonicbids

The best thing about being a touring musician is, well, touring! The worst thing? You occasionally miss an article or two on the Sonicbids blog. Lucky for you, we always round up the top 10 most read articles of the week, just in case you were too busy schlepping guitar cases and missing exits on the freeway (c'mon, Google Maps!). Check 'em out!