Health problems and a scheduled surgery to start my 2016 caused me from offering my thoughts on the barrage of festival lineup announcements. Let’s catch up!
From livestream programs and fan involvement Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has used a variety of methods to announce each year’s much-anticipated lineup. For its 15th anniversary edition, which takes place June 9-12 at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee, the roster of more than 150 artists playing on 12 stages will be part of an exclusive airing of “Conan” at 11 p.m. EST on Jan. 19.
For those who can’t wait a sneak peak of POSSIBLE music acts appearing at ‘roo was accidentally revealed for two hours last Wednesday via the festival’s app. Although, the names disappeared — the internet being the internet –the list, minus headliners, has made the rounds on social media and other outlets.
It includes Death Cab For Cutie, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, HAIM, Ween, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, M83, Miguel, Clutch, Chris Stapleton, Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges, Chvrches, Brett Dennen, Papadosio, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Sam Bush Band, Sara Watkins, Purity Ring, Waxahatchee, Tyler, The Creator, J.Cole, Ellie Goulding, Lamb of God, Lettuce, Third Eye Blind, Kurt Vile, St. Lucia, Steep Canyon Rangers, Vulfpeck, The Wood Brothers, Zeds Dead, Judah and the Lion, The London Souls, Lord Huron, Lucius and FIDLAR.
Prior to this, rumors mentioned Pearl Jam and Dead & Company as two of the fest’s headliners.
We shall see what is correct when the OFFICIAL Bonnaroo lineup will be announced on “Conan.”
As far as my time on the farm last June, what I’ll remember most were the impressive performances by female artists:
–Florence and the Machine was so mesmerizing that I’m surprised I was able to leave the photo pit when instructed to do so.
— Courtney Barnett rocked in ways that reminded me of Patti Smith and Polly Harvey and made me want to immediately obtain her whole catalog (Yeah, I know I’m late getting on the bandwagon!)
— Brandi Carlile was energetic, charismatic and charming
— Kacey Musgraves blended true country with kitsch and made me hate Bro Country even more than I already did
— Rhiannon Giddens’ voice was simply beauty wrapped in rootsy sounds
— Abigail Washburn vocals were just as beautiful when she visited high lonesome sound of bluegrass as well she sang in Chinese during her set with Bela Fleck.
For more information, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/.