So it was bit of a roller coaster ride for those of you following the Bonnaroo lineup announcements today, with new acts being added to the bill every 10 minutes or so via their MySpace page. In the end, the top of the bill headliners for this year’s festival are: Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, and Kings of Leon. With the exception of Stevie Wonder, who isn’t a regular on the festival circuit, in my opinion, this year’s headliners are a rather uninspiring bunch. But, like any other summer festival, the more interesting music usually happens before the sun goes down. Though not quite as deep as Coachella, Bonnaroo still boasts an impressive roster of “opening acts” including: The Flaming Lips, The Dead Weather, Phoenix, The National, Regina Spektor, LCD Soundsystem, The Avett Brothers, Tokyo Police Club, Japandroids, She & Him and The xx, just to name a few. All manner of tickets (and installment plans) are available now at bonnarootickets.com.
Check out the initial 2010 Bonnaroo lineup, including many of the more interesting bands, after the jump.
THE 2010 BONNAROO LINEUP
Dave Matthews Band | Kings of Leon | Stevie Wonder | Jay-Z | Tenacious D | Weezer | The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs perform “Dark Side of the Moon” | The Dead Weather | Damian Marley & Nas | Phoenix | Norah Jones | Michael Franti & Spearhead | John Fogerty | Regina Spektor | Jimmy Cliff | LCD Soundsystem | The Avett Brothers | Thievery Corporation | Rise Against | Tori Amos | The National | Zac Brown Band | Les Claypool | John Prine | The Black Keys | Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers | Jeff Beck | Dropkick Murphys | She & Him | Against Me! | The Disco Biscuits | Daryl Hall & Chromeo | Jamey Johnson | Clutch | Bassnectar | Kid Cudi | Baaba Maal | Kris Kristofferson | Medeski Martin & Wood | The xx | GWAR | Dan Deacon Ensemble | Tinariwen | Wale | Deadmau5 | The Melvins | Gaslight Anthem | Miike Snow | The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band | Dr. Dog | They Might Be Giants | Punch Brothers | Isis | Blitzen Trapper | Blues Traveler | Miranda Lambert | Calexico | OK Go | Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue | Martin Sexton | Lotus | Baroness | Dave Rawlings Machine | Mayer Hawthorne and the County | Japandroids | Jay Electronica | Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros | Ingrid Michaelson | The Dodos | Manchester Orchestra | The Temper Trap | Cross Canadian Ragweed | Big Sam’s Funky Nation | Carolina Chocolate Drops | Needtobreathe | Tokyo Police Club | The Entrance Band | Local Natives | Brandi Carlile | Mumford & Sons | Rebelution | Diane Birch | Monte Montgomery | Julia Nunes | The Postelles | Lucero | Here We Go Magic | Hot Rize | Neon Indian | B.O.B
BONNAROO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES 2010 LINEUP
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, KINGS OF LEON, STEVIE WONDER, JAY-Z, WEEZER, FLAMING LIPS PERFORMING DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, THE DEAD WEATHER, PHOENIX, JOHN FOGERTY, JIMMY CLIFF, TENACIOUS D, ZAC BROWN BAND, AVETT BROTHERS, NORAH JONES,
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, TORI AMOS, THE NATIONAL,
SHE & HIM, THE BLACK KEYS, STEVE MARTIN,
JEFF BECK, MICHAEL FRANTI
DAN DEACON, AGAINST ME!, LES CLAYPOOL,
THIEVERY CORP AND MORE
TICKETS ON SALE NOW EXCLUSIVELY AT BONNAROO.COM!
February 9, 2009, New York, NY — Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The ninth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 10 – 13 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2010 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets are on sale now exclusively at bonnaroo.com!
Perhaps bringing you the most diverse and ambitious lineup to date, the 2010 event draws world-class acts from a staggering range of musical worlds. This year the festival features the Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, Flaming Lips performing Dark Side Of The Moon, The Dead Weather, Phoenix, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, Avett Brothers, Norah Jones, LCD Soundsystem, Tori Amos, The National, Jeff Beck, Michael Franti, Against Me!, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Baaba Maal, The Melvins, Thievery Corporation to name but a small portion of the deep lineup. Wonder’s Bonnaroo performance marks a rare festival appearance for the legend, whose illustrious songbook continues to be as influential and significant today as ever. Bonnaroo veterans Kings of Leon are the first band in the history of the festival to start on a tent stage and work their way up to the coveted headlining slot. They were first booked to play a tent stage early in the day in 2004. They have gone on to perform at Bonnaroo several times, each appearance bigger than the last. This will be one of the very few appearances the band will make in 2010.
The largest and most revered music and camping event in the country, Bonnaroo has elevated the American rock festival to an unprecedented level. As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unparalleled amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event has offered its attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy theater, cinema festival, jazz club, silent disco, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality craft vendors. Since its inception, Bonnaroo swiftly earned its status as the country’s premier music and arts event. The Wall Street Journal called Bonnaroo “one of rock’s best festivals,” continuing to hail that the 2009 lineup “fairly bursts with some of the most gifted acts in rock and pop.” Entertainment Weekly called it “the best of all sonic worlds,” while the New York Times said, “Bonnaroo’s very loose mandate – and a wise one for any festival – is to choose performers who deliver in a live performance, with current hits and studio expertise as lower priorities. One of the pleasures of the festival is that it defies narrowcasting: It’s not an Americana festival, an indie-rock festival, a gathering of 2008-9 hitmakers or anything but what its producers and, presumably, ticket-buyers are happy to hear.” Rolling Stone called Bonnaroo “one of the 50 moments to change the history of rock and roll.”
Once again, Bonnaroo has created a couple of unique ticketing options for its fans. The festival is offering a special payment plan in whichtickets will be available for five (5) payments of $50.00 plus applicable fees. In addition, fans will have the option to purchase a Bonnaroo Green Ticket that will help to support the development and implementation of sustainable improvements at the festival for years to come. Festival organizers are constantly looking for ways to be aggressive with mitigating the event’s environmental impact and raising awareness about green issues.
As part of Fuse’s three-year deal with Bonnaroo, the network will be back as the exclusive television partner of the festival. Fuse will be reporting live from Bonnaroo throughout the weekend and will air a special, featuring interviews with the hottest bands and performances from this year’s star-studded lineup. www.fuse.tv
Official festival website is www.bonnaroo.com
More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.