The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is happening this weekend, but for those who can’t be there in person, dozens of the performances will be streamed on YouTube. The video website has partnered with Dell to share the shows of more than 45 artists during the festival.
The YouTube coverage begins on June 8 at 11 a.m. PT on a channel devoted to Bonnaroo. The live stream will include headlining artists Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish. In advance of the shows, YouTube is promoting playlists of videos by some of the artists to be webcast, including Soja, the Punch Brothers, the Debo Band, and fun. The webcasts will cover genres from hip-hop to retro soul, according to YouTube.
Webcasts of concerts are hardly a new phenomenon: Jack White did it earlier this year, and Coachella also took to YouTube with live streams of its 2012 festival. A video stream on your computer may not have the same immediate electricity of a live performance, but it’s certainly a steal compared with the cost of entry and travel to Tennessee farm country.