Bonnaroo, the massive annual summer music festival in Manchester, Tennessee, has unveiled the lineup for its 10th anniversary event, and boy, oh boy, it’s a doozy: Grammy kings Arcade Fire, the Strokes, Eminem, Lil Wayne, My Morning Jacket, Big Boi, Mumford & Sons, and two of SPIN’s three Artists of the Year — the Black Keys and Florence + the Machine — are all scheduled to rock the four-day party, from June 9-12.
And they’re just a grain in the sandcastle, man. The bill also features this year’s only festival appearance from Neil Young’s reunited first band, Buffalo Springfield, plus sets from (deep breath…) Robyn, Girl Talk, Gogol Bordello, the Walkmen, Matt & Kim, Wavves, Best Coast, Sleigh Bells, Explosions in the Sky, Iron & Wine, Deerhunter, Beirut, the Sword, the Drums, the Black Angels, School of Seven Bells, Atmosphere, Scissor Sisters, Wiz Khalifa, and Cold War Kids.
There are plenty up-and-coming SPIN faves, too, including Chicago garage-rock outfit Smith Westerns, Ohio alt-country singer-songwriter (and Dan Auerbach’s protégé) Jessica Lea Mayfield, and sultry 22-year-old Brit crooner Clare Maguire.
And Bonnaroo wouldn’t be Bonnaroo without a few jam bands, and this year the fest satiates that jones with Widespread Panic and String Cheese Incident.
Some special sets celebrating Bonnaroo’s 10th anniversary are also being planned. Dr. John and the Original Meters will make a rare appearance to play their 1974 album Desitively Bonnaroo — the source of the festival’s name — and John will also appear with Auerbach in a superjam set. Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, meanwhile, will curate a special venue dubbed “Global Gypsy Punk Revue.” Expect lots of dancing like this.
And, in another sweet salutation to the fest’s anniversary, Ben & Jerry’s “Bonnaroo Buzz” flavor will be made available in supermarkets nationwide after making its debut in 2010 at the festival and in the ice cream maker’s retail stores.
Tickets will go onsale Feb. 19 via bonnaroo.com.
On a scale of one to 10, how awesome is Bonnaroo’s lineup? Have a look at the full bill below, then sound off in the comment section.
Bonnaroo Lineup:Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, the Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, String Cheese Incident, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, the Decemberists, Ray Lamontagne, Bassnectar, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Primus, Dr. John and the Original Meters, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Pretty Lights, Florence + the Machine, SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John, Explosions in the Sky, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Beirut, Big Boi, Scissor Sisters, Gregg Allman, Ratatat, Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz
Robyn, Warren Haynes Band, Deerhunter, Opeth, Atmosphere, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bootsy Collins & the Funk University, Wiz Khalifa, Matt & Kim, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mavis Staples, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Chiddy Bang, Jovanotti, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Loretta Lynn, Cold War Kids, the Walkmen, Devotchka, Wanda Jackson, Neon Trees, Portugal. The Man, Sleigh Bells, Amos Lee, Best Coast, Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter, the Sword, the Drums, the Black Angels, School of Seven Bells, J. Cole, Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea
Wavves, !!!, Junip, Freelance Whales, Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Deer Tick, Band of Skulls, Sharon Van Etten, Abigail Washburn, Omar Souleyman, Twin Shadow, Kylesa, Man Man, the Low Anthem, Alberta Cross, Railroad Earth, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Smith Westerns, the Head and the Heart, Karen Elson, Beats Antique, 22-20s, Phosphorescent, Clare Maguire, Hayes Carll