Day two of the 11th annual Bonnaroo opened and closed with an invasion of artists from across the pond. Singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka started things off with some slow jams, and Laura Marling put her audience in a trance of broken-heart ballads and whimsical folk tunes. Two Door Cinema Club put on one of the best shows of the day, getting fans so excited, one decided to hang from the This Tent’s rafters just to get a glimpse during the summer anthem “Something Good Can Work.”
Later on St. Vincent rocked That Tent and Feist took over the Which Stage to add a little bit of girl power to this years’ testosterone-filled lineup. ’Roo vets The Avett Brothers got thousands to stomp along with Scott and his banjo during songs like “Go to Sleep.” The crowd sobered as the North Carolinian brothers paid tribute to bluegrass legend Doc Watson, who passed away on May 29, with a rendition of “Down in the Valley to Pray.”
Ludacris’ LED show wasn’t helped by the fading sun, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind, spilling well outside of This Tent. They still all rapped along with passion as he made his way through his greatest hits while money rained down on the screen behind him.
Once the sun set, Foster the People took over the Which Stage, and frontman Mark Foster danced around the stage at a frantic pace playing different instruments. He would reappear later to DJ the Silent Disco—only a select few heard what he was playing through their headphones, but a larger crowd just watched them dance.
As expected, the highlight of the day was Radiohead’s headlining performance. As LED lights rained down on the stage, Thom Yorke and crew played in front of a jigsaw puzzle of screens that projected their antics all the way to the back of the field. Afterwards, Major Lazer, Umphree’s McGee and Flying Lotus all kept late-night ’Rooers dancing through the night, while others ran back to their tents to warm up and relax for Day Three.