Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Coming Tuesday
Ashley Capps, the co-founder of A.C. Entertainment and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, confirmed via his Twitter account Wednesday that this year’s 10th annual Bonnaroo lineup would be released this Tuesday, February 15th.
The unveiling continues Capps’ trend of releasing the Bonnaroo schedule in early to mid-February. (Call it a a late Valentine from one of music’s greatest lovers and supporters.)
Last year, for the first time ever, the lineup was announced piecemeal style on the festival’s Myspace page, as multiple artists were confirmed each hour all while drawing suspense, anticipation and most importantly, website visits, into a day-long affair.
This year’s festival takes place June 9-12, continuing the tradition of a four-day weekend of live music’s finest, Thursday through Sunday. The 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee will surely draw some of the year’s biggest acts, with sparse artist confirmations already in check, including Big Boi, Black Star and Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. Bonnaroo veterans My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic are strongly rumored to be included in this year’s special tenth anniversary celebration.
Speculation is that Plant’s return to the farm, after a 2009 stint with Allison Krauss, could spell for a special Led Zeppelin performance. Former Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones made the Manchester music pilgrimage in 2007, playing alongside ?uestlove of the Roots and Ben Harper as part of festival’s “Superjam.”
Unquestionably, Bonnaroo’s specialty in selecting acts focuses on classic choices, such as Widespread Panic, the Dead, or Dave Matthews, and melds them with the year’s most prominent acts.
Last year’s lineup included breakthrough artists Neon Indian and the Temper Trap, while including major acts with recent album releases, such as LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, The Dead Weather and Phoenix.
Based on that formula, Hot Hot Music has developed a core list of anticipated artists for your guilty, gossipy pleasures…
Cake, Daft Punk, Roger Waters, The Black Keys, Broken Bells, Scattered Trees, Abigail Washburn, Surfer Blood, The Tallest Man on Earth, Wanda Jackson (feat. Jack White), Beach House, Broken Social Scene and even….Eminem?
Hey, your dreams can never be too big…