Bonnaroo is ten years old and still getting high. Earlier today the line-up for the Manchester, TN music festival was announced, with the likes of Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, the Black Keys and Lil Wayne enticing thousands of music lovers and inebriation seekers to once again flock to the rural countryside.
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment have put together one of the most eclectic line-ups to date. Though it looks to have moved farther away from the hippie/jam band-centric genre that put the festival on the map, some of the dreadlocked, cargo short-wearing population will still be wandering around, with bands like Widespread Panic and String Cheese Incident playing.
The people who were at the first fest would never have believe that the likes of Eminem and Lil Wayne would eventually be controlling the main stage. We could sit here trying to make witty comments all day about the wide range of bands playing, but it’s probably be best for you to just look it up yourself and make them in your head.
This year marks the return of Bonnaroo’s legendary Super-Jam. Currently scheduled to collaborate is Black Keys bluesman, Dan Auerbach, and Dr. John—the man who gave the festival its namesake back in 1974 with his album Desitively Bonnaroo. Other participants in the jam will be announced soon. Another interesting feature this year is the specialty venue “Global Gypsy Punk Revue,” whose curator is Gogol Bordello’s lead singer and professional mustache owner, Eugene Hutz.
But remember, Bonnaroo isn’t all about experimenting with drugs and only remembering the walk to see those bands that you love so much. The festival promoters have expanded Bonnaroo’s already eclectic list of amenities by adding more wholesome activities like sustainable agriculture classes, yoga classes, comedy shows, salons, restaurants and rows of craft vendors. It is a music and arts festival, after all.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 19, exclusively at bonnaroo.com.