everyone else I knew who went this past summer spent around 6 or more hours waiting in line to get into the fest.
That's no so bad, plus there is Bonnaroo radio to listen to - after all they are trying to park 50,000+ cars in 48 hours, you have to expect some traffic.
Don't like it? VIP has no traffic.
Factor in that getting into centeroo can be a total hassle,
There are two entrances, and if you try to go in at the wrong time you can stand in line for like (OMG) 10 minutes.
Don't like it? VIP has no in/out lines.
navigating the HUGE fest grounds ain't too easy,
I can walk from "The Other Tent" to "What Stage" in less than 10 minutes - that's the furthest you'll ever have to walk inside Centeroo - again, not that bad.
and if you're camped far away it can be a pain in the ass to walk 30 minutes in the hot sun JUST to get to centeroo.
They have shuttles now.
Don't like it? VIP camping is right behind the main stage.
Not to mention, good luck getting close to the main stage. That is, unless you want to stake out a spot and not move for 5 hours...
Unless you're trying to walk right up to the stage during a headliner, you can always get close enough to get to a spot where you can see the stage and the sound is perfect.
Don't like it? The VIP area on the hill is a good place to catch the show.
I like the small fests.
I associate small fests with mediocre jambands, mostly because that's who play them. You don't see Neil Young, Herbie Hancock or Radiohead at small fests, and that's why Bonnaroo is best.