Rise & Shine: Boston’s Night Lights in the running to play Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

When the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival lineup was announced earlier this year, you probably had the same reaction as we did: Where the Boston bands at?

That apparent dearth of Massachusetts talent can be rectified in the next two weeks, as homegrown alt-pop band Night Lights are in the running to play the Tennessee festival via a SonicBids online competition [click the link to vote].

Night Lights advanced past the first round last week and are currently up against some “indie folk” band from Oregon in Round 2, which concludes its voting tonight at midnight.

We asked Night Lights singer/guitarist Mau Jimenez about the Bonnaroo battle last week in Austin, when the band played our SXSW party with Berklee College of Music.

“It would be huge for us,” says Jimenez. “There are bands that are built for bars and smaller stages but we’ve tailored our sound, and we prefer our sound, to be for festivals. We fit perfectly here at SXSW and we’re having a lot of fun with it, so Bonnaroo is definitely something we’d be looking forward to.”

Night Lights are not the only Boston representative in the competition currently, as indie band Wonder City has also advanced to the second round. Vote for them here.

Earlier this month, we premiered Night Lights’ latest music video, for “Hit The Water,” and you can watch that below. They play Friday night at Great Scott in Allston with V:Music standout Verite and Iris Lune.

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