Two Men With More Than $30,000 Worth of Drugs Arrested at Bonnaroo

Two men were arrested Friday at Bonnaroo after more than $30,000 worth of drugs were found inside of their vehicle. According to a report from the Tennessean, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department were tipped off by campers at a campsite in the festival.

Deputies conducted a search after obtaining a search warrant and found, among other things, several bags of marijuana, scales and drug paraphernalia inside of the car. The deputies also found more than a pound of mushrooms packed in 138 bags, 11 pills of molly, 11 ecstasy pills, and one bag with a half-gram of ketamine. The street value of the drugs is more than $30,000, the Tennessean reported.

Daniel W. Loper and Ryan Alpeus Wiggins were arrested and charged with two counts each of manufacturing, delivering, selling and possession of controlled substances. The arrests were just two of more than a dozen arrests at the festival over the past four days.

On Friday, a man caught with fake drugs at Bonnaroo said he was “doing God’s work.”

Man Caught With Fake Drugs at Bonnaroo: “I Was Doing God’s Work”

A man caught with more than 1,000 fake narcotics was arrested yesterday at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, local publication The Tennessean reports. When confronted by police, he claimed he “was doing God’s work.”

The man, 45-year-old David E. Brady of New York, was reportedly wearing “bags of mushrooms” around his waist when spotted by police on the festival grounds. Upon searching him, they counted 22 bags of fake mushrooms, along with “1,000 hits of fake acid, 20 bags made to look like cocaine, and an incense stick made to look like black tar heroin.”

Brady was charged with two counts of possession of counterfeit controlled substances. He is being held in the nearby Coffee County jail on $120,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 11.

Meanwhile, Bonnaroo continues its second of four days today with performances from Major Lazer, U2, Portugal. The Man, The xx, and more.

Live Nation to Offer $799 All-Access Pass to Over 90 Festivals Worldwide

If you love of music festivals and just happen to have a spare $799 lying around, Live Nation has a proposition for you.

The live events titan earlier this week introduced a “festival passport,” which for $799 grants its owner general admission to over 90 music festivals around the world, including Bonnaroo, EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, Lollapalooza Berlin, The Warehouse Project, and Falls Festival—even if the event has previously sold out. However, as it’s noted in small print on the official website, if the festival offers on-site camping, the pass holder must email Live Nation two weeks in advance to reserve campground space. The pass doesn’t include any airfare, lodging, food, parking, or transportation.

If you can afford all of that, Live Nation’s festival passport goes on sale Monday, May 22 at 10 AM PST.

Last summer, Live Nation partnered with IdentoGO, the company that conducts TSA pre-checks at airports, to issue festival entry fast-passes to pre-registered attendees with TSA pre-check.

Bonnaroo Goes EDM With A New Stage Dedicated To Dance Music

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Bonnaroo hinted at an expanded EDM and electronic music presence earlier this year when they announced acts such as Flume, Major Lazer and The xx were scheduled to perform at the festival.

Now, the Tennessee festival has shed more light on this year’s festivities with the announcement of “The Other.” Previously known as “The Other Tent,” one of three “tent” stages at the festivals, “The Other” will be dedicated to dance, electronic and hip-hop.

The festival is, “pulling down the tent and cranking up the bass in this newly expanded stage & area dedicated exclusively to the best of dance, electronic and hip-hop,” a recent press release announced. “Dance your heart out all night at this fully loaded new stage, and experience mind-blowing visuals, earth-shattering bass, and the kind of late night sets that you’ll remember for years to come.”

Featured acts at “The Other” lean EDM and include Marshmello, Claude VonStroke, and Skepta, among many others.

Tickets for Bonnaroo are available here. In 2015, we wrote about how Bonnaroo was “dance-lite.”

Flume, Major Lazer, And More To Play Bonnaroo 2017

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Australian producer Flume, Diplo-led trio Major Lazer, and the English band The xx are among the biggest electronic acts set to play Bonnaroo 2017. The long-running music festival’s full lineup was released today, and also featured Marshmello, Future Islands, and Yellow Claw. It will take place from June 811 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Daft Punk-collaborator The Weeknd, Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke, and synth duo Crystal Castles are also on the bill.

Last year, the festival celebrated its 15th anniversary and brought LCD Soundsystem, m83, and Big Grams to play. Along with, events like Burning Man and Detroit’s Movement, Bonnaroo is one of a handful of festivals where yoga and rave culture seem to be merging.

Tickets for the festival are available now.

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Can Doing Yoga At Music Festivals Change How We Think About Partying?

It’s nearing sunset on a May evening in the jungle of Uvita, Costa Rica, and I’m exhausted, having spent the last five hours interviewing hippies about happiness and partying till sunrise at this year’s Envision Festival. Resisting the urge to nap in a nearby hammock, I force myself into a large tent structure the festival calls a “temple” to attend a yoga class with about 40 other festival attendees. Our instructor, who hails from Trinidad, cheekily warns us that many of postures we’ll assume will be “extremely inconvenient.” When I finally emerge from the tent at the end of the sessiona grueling 90-minutes of intense body twisting, soundtracked by calming trip-hopthe sky has darkened into night, and I feel rejuvenated, limber, and totally energized.

The thought of a sweaty, kale-chomping bohemian busting a downward dog while some dreadlocked DJ drops a Thievery Corporation track is enough to trigger most people’s gag reflexes. But at hippie havens like Burning Man, Brooklyn nightclubs, and festivals like Detroit’s Movement and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo, yoga and rave culture seem to be converging, and they’re changing the way people think about partying.

Over the last few years, both the yoga and music festival scenes have been growing in numbers, particularly amongst younger crowds. According to Forbes, the number of people who practice yoga in the US went from 20.4 million to 36.7 million in 2016; per a similar study from the Huffington post, 40 percent of yoga practitioners are under the age of 34. Meanwhile, a 2015 Billboard report found that a whopping 32 million people now go to at least one US music festival every year, up 44 percent from 2014, including 14.7 million millennials.

Envision festival. Photo by Jack Pasco Photography.

Amidst rampant headlines about drug-related deaths at electronic music festivals, the appearance of yoga classes at these events may offer a welcome new spin on dance music’s public image. For many of the yoga instructors, DJs, and promoters leading this growing movement, lacing your downward dogs with heady electronic bleeps is bound to make you become a safer raver, or at the very least, encourage you to embrace a more health-conscious lifestyle

“I think a festival can give them a profound experience. You become more perceptive to your mind, body, breath, and energy over time.”

With its emphasis on self-study and understanding one’s limits, yoga may also be useful to partiers struggling with addiction. Elena Bower is a top instructor who was once both a global yoga ambassador and sponsored athlete for Adidas. Now two years sober, she cites yoga-centric music events like Wanderlust as being instrumental in helping people find self-control in a different context than they’re used to. “Yoga nourishes in what happens in the aftermath of a club night,” she says. “I can only speak for my own experience, but my practice really helped me find my way back home to myself every time.”

It’s possible that doing yoga at music festivals and clubs is just a passing lifestyle fad that will be soon tossed aside like a ratty pair of Lululemon pants. DJ Tasha Blank even lamented the absurdity of people trying to trademark the concept of deep house yoga. But even if this is just a trend, it’s one that’s disrupting the way that ravers and live music spaces coexist, offering a new way to experience dance music. A great DJ set can remain stuck in your brain for dayseven months or yearsbut it’s no rival for the one that soundtracks your first flawless headstand.