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We Bought a Roo: Bonnaroo ’12 Lineup Led By Radiohead, Chili Peppers, Phish, and Skrillex

Good news, Roo fans: It turns out the Bonnaroo lineup poster that leaked yesterday was actually not too far off the mark! Notable appearances this year include Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the newly reunited Beach Boys (hopefully not in tandem with the also-playing Foster the People) and the freshy Grammy’d Skrilli Vanilli — er, we mean Skrillex. The hip-hop roster is especially strong this year (including the Roots, Black Star, Ludacris, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Das Racist, Kendrick Lamar and a bunch of frat-rap whose name we dare not speak), and no shortage of SPIN faves will be peppering the muddy expanses, including our Grammy buddy Bon Iver, tUnE-yArDs, Battles, SBTRKT, Kurt Vile, Mogwai, Kathleen Edwards, EMA, Big Freedia and — holy cow — Bad Brains! See you in the dustiest circle pit ever!

This year’s ‘Roo will take place June 7-10 in the usual home of Manchester, Tennessee. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Remember ‘Roos past in our gallery of the 2011 fest’s best photos!

The official, preliminary Bonnaroo 2012 lineup:

Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Bon Iver, The Beach Boys Featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce, Johnston and David Marks, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Foster The People, Skrillex, Aziz Ansari, Dispatch, Feist, The Roots, Alice Cooper, SuperJam, Black Star, The Word featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars, Ludacris, Ben Folds Five, Flogging Molly, Spectrum Road featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John, Medeski, and Vernon Reid, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, Major Lazer, tUnE-yArDs, Afrocubism, Flying Lotus, Umphrey’s McGee, Little Dragon, St. Vincent, City and Colour, The Civil Wars, Young The Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, Punch Brothers, NEEDTOBREATHE, Fitz & The Tantrums, Bad Brains, Yelawolf, Dawes, Battles, Danny Brown, The Black Lips, SBTRKT, Phantogram, Kendrick Lamar, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, The Kooks, The Joy Formidable, The Antlers, Kathleen Edwards, Mimosa, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Alabama Shakes, Das Racist, Delta Spirit, Gary Clark Jr., Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Laura Marling, Trampled by Turtles, Mogwai, The War On Drugs, Ben Howard, Grouplove, Blind Pilot, ALO, The Devil Makes Three, White Denim, EMA, Here We Go Magic, K-Flay, The Lonely Forest, Mariachi El Bronx, Big Freedia, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Soul Rebels, Kvelertak, SOJA, Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly, Big Gigantic, Sarah Jarosz, Orgone, Darondo, Fruit Bats, Moon Taxi