MANCHESTER, Tenn. – Fans have already begun lining up in anticipation of this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Coffee County. More than 80,000 people have been projected to attend the four day event.
People began arriving in Manchester as earlier as 12 p.m. Tuesday. Officials opened the gates just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol have already begun preparing for the massive crowds expected to exceed 80,000 people this year.
In 2013, law enforcement responded to 17 traffic collisions during the four day festival, including one that killed 28-year-old Brandon Wilson and 25-year-old Deja Morris, both of Indiana. MORE: Pair Killed In I-24 Pileup Identified; Truck Driver Cited
Nine DUIs were also issued.
Even though most attendees will be camping out on location, organizers said they are seeing big demands for day passes. For the second year, a shuttle service will run from Nashville for those who don't want to spend the weekend in Manchester.
Those who've made the trip to Coffee County from all over the country said camping out during the entire weekend is really essential to the Bonnaroo experience.
“People are camping out here, people are playing games -- it's one big party. We’re already here,” said Andrew Large of California.
The first concert has been scheduled for noon Thursday. The festival concludes Sunday at 10 p.m.