As promised last week, Bonnaroo kept to its new Tuesday and Thursday update schedule, releasing the third in its Lineup Clue Game series. As fits the new Tuesday formula, this clue was a physical one and involved some scavenger hunting by Bonnaroo fans.
At 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, Bonnaroo posted a picture indicating that Clue #3 was posted to a tree at the entrance to the Woodland Cemetary in Des Moines, IA. It didn't take long for local Bonnaroo fans from the Inforoo message board and Facebook to get to Des Moines and get the clue, which reads as follows:
Joy on the North end, Spiritual shaking abounds, But does one believe?
As always, the frustratingly difficult haiku is being dissected and investigated by dedicated Bonnaroo Clue sleuths. The entire clue seems to hold religious overtones, which has led many to believe it could lead to Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Others have seen a Christmas reference in "Joy", "The North End", and "does one believe?" This has led to a lot of guesses that popular Bonnaroo 2011 Thursday night artists Sleigh Bells would be making an appearance.
Others still have taken meaning from the placement of the clue in a cemetery and guessed ghostly or death themed bands such as Deadmau5, Ghost, or Grateful Dead alumni band Furthur.
If you'd like to play along with the Bonnaroo Clue game, there are several ways to do so. First, you can go to the Bonnaroo Facebook page, where commenters under the clue are making guesses. Second, you can participate via Twitter by using the hashtag #rooclues. Third, for the truly dedicated clue sleuth, the folks at the Inforoo fan site have a thread dedicated to the clue and have some of most seasoned and successful clue solvers working on the clue.
Who do you think Clue #3 refers to? Let us know in the comments section. Happy hunting!