Was anyone else surprised to see the bleachers were gone when you went to the which stage? Were you even more surprised to see that VIP had access to the stage left pit?
I didn't discover this til Sunday but ended up staying there for all of Ben Folds Five & the Shins.
Only complaint was that I got wookie attacked during the Shins by some crazy lady. She was mad at me because I wouldn't yell for one of the security guys she kept annoying. Then she proceeded to thwack me in the back of the head for a few minutes until I asked her to please not ruin this experience for me. She moved and I noticed her GA wristband. Freakin wookies.
The screen on the Which Stage (added last year or new?) was awesome. It made it much easier to feel connected to the show even if you were far back.
My thoughts on the VIP "pit" area. My favorite spot at the venue has always been the misting tent close to the wall on that side. Breaking that off with defensive infrastructure to enhance exclusivity sucks IMO. Of course, I didn't have a VIP wristband. However, gates, security guards, and physical barriers basically in the middle of the viewing area made it feel awkward.
They moved the screen from the left side to the right and turned the stage a little bit. I'm not a fan of this stage at all. I think it's really hard to find a good spot unless you get there super early. The sound isn't that great and there's too much bleeding over from the tent and vice versa if you are stuck on that side.
Post by mauldinite on Jun 12, 2012 15:31:12 GMT -5
This area made the extra dough for VIP 100% worth it. This was my first time in VIP, and being able to walk up to Which Stage and get within 20 yards at any point in any set was unbelievable. I hope they never change this setup.
The Which Stage has never been a fav or mine. Last year I was very disappointed by the lack of volume at Buffalo Springfield. I couldn't get into the Which pit on either side at all last year because the security guys were saying they were both for Super VIP only. This year people walked right into the right side pit without a line including for Foster The People and Skrillex who both had massive crowds. For me, seeing the Kooks and Black Lips from the pit made me enjoy Which for the first time.
I loved, loved, loved the new setup! I arrived 10 min before the Shins and walked all the way up to the barricade in the side area. I could've gone through the little walkway to the pit area but chose to stay on the side since I was leaving early. Wish I would've seen more shows at Which and saw that pit pathway earlier, but I got killer pics of Mr. James Mercer! I really hope they keep this setup!
I really liked the set-up this year. We really didn't use the pit since the viewing area was so close to the stage anyway and moving the screen to the right side made things just about perfect. I did ask about the bleachers on Thursday and was told that they had been delayed and should be installed by Friday. Since that never happened I'm guessing they weren't really in the plan to begin with.
The VIP viewing area turned the Which stage from the worst stage to at least tied with What as the best viewing experience. That viewing area was absolutely fantastic. I had to recast my schedule to take advantage of this fantastic development.
On the flip side, the tents are now unwatchable for me (I didn't go last year, so this may not be new). My favorite part of Bonnaroo has always been the tents and being able to slowly scoot in along the front by the speakers. With those areas turned into fenced off uber-VIP, the tents are now a giant PITA. I kept trying to see bands that I wanted to see in all of the tents, but ended up leaving because they were so unpleasant. Oh well. I guess it may just finally be my time to move on from Bonnaroo. It's been a fantastic decade. Thanks Superfly. I hope the next generation enjoys it as much as I did!
This was my first year in VIP and I must admit the viewing area was awesome. I'm local though and it is really hard to do VIP when you know so many people there. My VIP experience was free, courtesy of AC Entertainment. I used the VIP pit quite regularly but it was at the expense of not hanging out with anyone. I'm cool with that though since I see them all year. The Which stage VIP was awesome but honestly I wouldn't pay for it unless VIP got access to the tents as well.
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Well, I e-mailed Bonnaroo to ask about the Which Stage "pit" and, much to my surprise, they replied! However, much NOT to my surprise, they didn't answer my question at all. I asked if VIPs will still have access to the pit or if the bleachers will return, and they said that VIPs have access to the What Stage hill and the Centeroo lounge.
Man, what is it with festivals and being so evasive and mysterious with VIP amenity info?
I took a few photos of the Which VIP area before Delta Spirit -the first act of the day on Sunday. So the crowd was small. Didn't go in there for any of the bigger acts but the VIP area seemed huge to me. The VIP area does not actually go up against the stage. I believe the very front area is for roll like a rockstar, etc. But as the band was taking the stage and the front area was no where near full -they opened a gate and let VIP's move up.
Here is from the front edge of the VIP area looking back at the VIP tent:
Here is the view of the stage from the very front of VIP area:
This is the smaller pit they let us move into right in frontof the stage
The Which stage pit is a huge selling point for us. I really hope they don't change it this year. Regardless, there will be SOME form of VIP viewing at Which, but the opportunity to just walk up to a front-ish area is unbelievable.