After an unforgettable 10th year celebration in 2011, festival organizers have come back with one of the most eclectic and striking lineups to date, drawing from an astounding range of music scenes to create what is sure to be another incomparable weekend for the ages. The breadth of the programming is consistently innovative each year and has become one of the key signature aspects of this legendary festival, whose uniquely open minded yet discerning and passionate community thrives on its intelligent diversity. A consistent power in music discovery, Bonnaroo once again will expose its fanbase to legends, current favorites as well as new artists who are about to break. Featured acts in 2012 include: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys Featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, Bon Iver, The Shins, The Avett Brothers, Skrillex, Black Star, Alice Cooper, Feist, Flogging Molly, Childish Gambino, Ben Folds Five, The Roots, Bad Brains, The Civil Wars, St. Vincent, Alabama Shakes, tUnE-yArDs, Punch Brothers, Flying Lotus, Dawes, The Joy Formidable, Das Racist, Grouplove (Our Best New Band for 2011), Gary Clark, Jr., Kurt Vile & The Violators, Big Freedia and more.
As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unparalleled amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event has offered its attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy theater, cinema festival, broo’ers festival, silent disco, salon, sustainable gardening lessons, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality food and craft vendors. Rolling Stonemagazine called the 2011 event “epic,” saying the weekend was full of “surprise and wonder.” Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield intoned, “If Woodstock were like this, we never would have left.”
Festival organizers are also excited to announce their new partnership with YouTube creating Bonnaroo365, a new entertainment channel on YouTube featuring original programming, daily content and legendary live festival performances all created and curated by the Bonnaroo producers. Bonnaroo365 will be an unprecedented destination for the community to celebrate “Good Stuff,” the literal definition of Bonnaroo. This extension of Bonnaroo represents its transition from being mainly an annual terrestrial event to having a presence in the day-to-day life of likeminded entertainment fans worldwide. Specific programming details and schedules will be released in the coming months.
For a preview of this year’s lineup, fans can checkout the Bonnaroo’s 2012 lineup playlist on Spotify via this link: http://spoti.fi/b0nnar00-2012
Official festival website is www.bonnaroo.com
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Beach Boys Featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David
The Avett Brothers
Foster The People
The Word featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars
Ben Folds Five
Spectrum Road featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski, and Vernon Reid
City and Colour
The Civil Wars
Young The Giant
Two Door Cinema Club
Fitz & The Tantrums
The Black Lips
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires
The Joy Formidable
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Gary Clark Jr.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Trampled by Turtles
The War On Drugs
The Devil Makes Three
Here We Go Magic
The Lonely Forest
Mariachi El Bronx
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
The Soul Rebels
Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly
More artists to be announced soon.