Once again Bonnaroo, one of America’s largest and most valued music festival, hit the nail on the head by acquiring a massive lineup. From June 12th until June 15th, the 700 acres of beautiful Manchester, Tennessee will be flooded by a mixture of young and old avid music fans led by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Elton John, returning rap guru Kanye West, and finally Jack White, one of the world’s best guitarists. Yes, it sounds like a goddamn blast already with just these three performers. Hell, I’d pay full price to sit in the sun and listen to these three guys for four days, but to make it even better here are a few others: Lionel Ritchie, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Skrillex, The Head and The Heart, Zedd, James Blake, Ben Howard, Slightly Stoopid, The Naked and Famous, MS MR, and Chance the Rapper. This isn’t even the entire list and my heart is beating faster than Dale Earnhardt Jr. a week ago (he won the Daytona 500 if you haven’t heard). Look up the lineup on Bonnaroo’s website if you need more than that because I’m not going to rewrite the entire lineup (kidding, it’s at the bottom). Since they released the lineup to the public, there have been people that are angry after hearing about the festival.
Obviously, some people are annoyed while others are ecstatic about the 2014 lineup. One friend (Garo C., BC ’14) said, “It looks like they are trying to appeal to more than just the hipster population going with a more diverse range of acts. I feel like there’s something there for everyone.” So he’s most likely going to buy a ticket and hang out with more than just hipsters now. Not such a bad thing though to be or hang out with a hipster, right? Anyways, the controversy that is lurking in this lineup is not just the diversity of the artists, but actually the return and headlining of Kanye West. Although his live shows are some of the best in the rap game today, in 2008 at Bonnaroo, his leading performance did not go over well, beginning with his “fashionably” late entrance to the main stage as the sun was rising- only 8 hours or so late, ending with an angry fit by the crowd. Crowds have argued that many other artists should headline due to Kanye’s carelessness and attitude in 2008, but their voices were not heard. Apparently, this infamous event is history now and Rick Farman, co-founder of Superfly (Bonnaroo’s promotional company), said, “First and foremost, we think Kanye is one of the most prolific and groundbreaking artists of this generation… He takes a lot of chances and he’s adventurous with the live space,” showing that all is forgotten between Kanye and Bonnaroo. Hopefully this year he’ll be adventurous enough to show up on time and give his fans what they want.
Another chance that Bonnaroo took in producing this allstar lineup was its idea to focus their SuperJam, a collaboration of artists as a performance, on EDM with Skrillex as the frontman. In previous years, like many other music festivals, Bonnaroo held stages for SuperJam collaborations consisting of jam bands, soul bands, and hip-hop, so this focus on EDM is a new twist to the festival.
Nothing is perfect, and Bonnaroo doesn’t have the capability to please every member of the audience so those who are going to buy tickets, be happy with what they have to offer. The lineup still is not complete and obviously due to change, but currently it seems like a damn good festival. If you’re at Bonnaroo raging face, jamming out to your favorite artist with your hippie friends, and Kanye or someone that you don’t care for steps onto the stage, just drink. Drink, drink, drink. It’s a simple solution to an easy-fix. A bad performance can become great (or just improve a bit) with a bit of alcohol or other substances. Normal nights throughout the year improve with some (obviously safe) drinking, so why not do it at Bonnaroo?
Check out the lineup, and once you do, click “Tickets” and treat yourself to some solid summer vibes. You deserve it (I hope I do). Above all else, if you do plan on attending this shindig, have fun and be safe. Nobody wants a festival to be shortened by some idiot overdosing on some obscure drug. That’s never fun, so have a blast, but safely.
If you’re too lazy to go to and look at the lineup, I was nice enough to write it anyways. Here you go. You’re welcome.
Elton John--Kanye West--Jack White--Lionel Richie--Vampire Weekend--The Avett Brothers--Phoenix--Skrillex--Arctic Monkeys--Frank Ocean--The Flaming Lips--Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds--Kaskade--Damon Albarn--Neutral Milk Hotel--Wiz Khalifa-- SuperJam with Skrillex & Friends--The Bluegrass Situation Superjam hosted by Ed Helms--Disclosure--Cut Copy--The Head and the Heart--Zedd--Ms. Lauryn Hill--Funkiest Dancer--Chromeo--Broken Bells--Tedeschi Trucks Band--James Blake--Bobby Womack--Umphrey’s McGee-- Ice Cube-- Ben Howard-- Slightly Stoopid-- Fitz and The Tantrums-- Cake-- Janelle Monáe-- Grouplove-- Amos Lee-- CHVRCHES-- Cage The Elephant-- Die Antwoord-- Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory-- Mastodon-- Capital Cities-- Jake Bugg-- Chance The Rapper-- Dr. Dog-- Yonder Mountain String Band-- John Butler Trio-- Little Dragon-- City and Colour-- The Glitch Mob-- The Naked and Famous-- Taran Killam-- Phosphorescent-- Drive-By Truckers-- Washed Out-- Danny Brown-- Warpaint-- Sam Smith --A$AP Ferg-- Darkside-- Seasick Steve-- Shovels & Rope-- Lucero-- Carolina Chocolate Drops-- The Wood Brothers-- The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, with special guests Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, DJ Logic and Shazad Ismaily-- Pusha T-- Meshuggah-- Poliça-- DakhaBrakha-- Goat-- ZZ Ward-- Seun Kuti--Blackberry Smoke-- MS MR-- Hannibal Buress-- First Aid Kit--Rudimental-- A Tribe Called Red-- Omar Souleyman-- The Bouncing Souls-- Greensky Bluegrass-- Ty Segall-- Sarah Jarosz-- Vintage Trouble-- Okkervil River-- White Denim-- Jonathan Wilson-- Robert DeLong-- Cloud Nothings-- Typhoon-- Thao & The Get Down Stay Down-- Valerie June-- King Khan & The Shrines-- Cherub-- BANKS-- Break Science-- The Black Lillies-- Real Estate-- The Lone Bellow-- Caveman-- Big Sam’s Funky Nation-- Jon Batiste-- La Santa Cecilia-- Classixx-- Allah-Las-- Cass McCombs-- Vance Joy-- Haerts-- J. Roddy Walston & The Business-- Those Darlins-- Deafheaven-- Lake Street Dive-- St. Paul & The Broken Bones-- The Wild Feathers-- The Preatures-- Blank Range