by Shelby Powers
February 19, the long-awaited lineup of the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo was released during a thirty minute “BLAM” (Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Mega-Jam), hosted by comedian Hannibal Burress and Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam. The BLAM also featured a super-jam cover performance of Usher’s “Love in This Club” by the Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and Foxygen.
This year’s festival boasts a diverse group of headliners, including Elton John, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, the Avett Brothers, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, The Arctic Monkeys, and Skrillex. Despite Elton John’s 30+ year career as a recording artist, this will be the 66 year old’s first ever appearance at a United States music festival. Rapper Kanye West is a controversial choice, considering the fact that his 2008 appearance at the festival was famously late; he took the stage seven hours after his scheduled time and put on a lackluster show.
Fans of all genres will find something to enjoy at Bonnaroo, with over 150 performers, 10 stages, and a comedy tent. Indie rock fans will enjoy Neutral Milk Hotel, Cage the Elephant, MS MR, Grouplove, and The Naked and Famous. Those who prefer rap should make an effort to see Danny Brown, Wiz Khalifa, ASAP Ferg, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube and Pusha T. If you are interested in being a part of an energetic and dancing crowd, see EDM artists such as Robert Delong, Kaskade, and Zedd. Or if perhaps you find yourself on the opposite end of the musical spectrum, and prefer an acoustic guitar to a DJ booth, don’t miss Amos Lee, The Head and The Heart, City and Colour, and Vance Joy. Soul and R&B fans will appreciate Janelle Monae, Bobby Womack, Lauryn Hill, and Frank Ocean. Actor and banjo aficionado Ed Helms and dubstep deity Skrillex will both be hosting their own Superjams, which are special performances featuring unique groupings of artists. No matter what your taste, a music festival such as Bonnaroo is a prime location to discover up-and-coming acts.
If being surrounded by your fellow music lovers, camping out, and neglecting your usual hygiene practices sounds like an awesome time to you, the festival is June 12–15 on “The Farm” in Manchester, Tennessee. Tickets are a hefty $284.50 plus some additional charges for accommodations, but for the thousands of attendees every year, the three unforgettable days of music, culture, and good vibes are 100% worth it.
For more information, check out http://www.bonnaroo.com/