Forget Coachella (Chili Peppers?!) — the real buzz festival, again, is Bonnaroo. This e-mail’s making the rounds, and while we’re skeptical, remember Radiohead’s farm gig was almost too good to be true too.

Sources close to the Manchester Times have recieved confirmation that The Police, Bob Dylan, and Pearl Jam have been confirmed to headline the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival. The lineup also includes Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Umphrey’s McGee, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Black Crowes, Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, Keller Williams Band, Hot Chip, America, TV on the Radio, Fountains of Wayne, Modest Mouse, Les Claypool, The Shins, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Toots and the Maytals, The Roots, The Decemberists, Of Montreal, Cat Power, Ozomatli, Perpetual Groove, Band of Horses, John Butler Trio, Nickel Creek, Medeski Martin and Wood, Lily Allen, Neko Case, Keiren Hedben (Four Tet) & Steve Reid, The Hold Steady, Earl Scuggs, Charlie Louvin, Man Man, Grizzly Bear, Konono #1, The Slip, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Uncle Earl, Annuals, Beirut, M. Ward, Cold War Kids, and Girl Talk. Superfly Productions plans to officially announce the lineup on January 31st.

Pray amongst yourselves.

UPDATE: Our sources at Big Hassle say there is NO truth to this. Boo.

Comments (32)
  1. That’s almost believable, and should it turn out to be the lineup, I am definitely there. Fingers crossed.

  2. doggie  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    damn. okay i need to go to this.

  3. Bonnaroo gets the irritating holier-than-thou hipsters, and Coachella gets… um, Red Hot Chili Peppers fans.

    Can’t we strike some kind of middle ground here?

  4. dango  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    The Police are playing the grammys, 11th Feb. plus have a 60 date world tour booked that includes Bonnaroo…

  5. dango  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    The Police are also playing the grammys, 11th Feb. plus have a 60 date world tour booked that includes Bonnaroo…

  6. hi  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    always with the anti-coachella, pro-bonaroo on this blog…

  7. i think i heard somewhere that the police are also playing the grammys on 11th feb, and that they have a 60-date world tour booked that includes Bonnaroo …

  8. annie onymous  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    jeez…i GOTTA get there somehow…

    anyone wanna buy a kidney? i have two of em!

  9. Julie  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    Franz will play too I have heard.

  10. Meh  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    This line-up of bland-rock represents everything that is wrong with music. I wouldn’t mind if the whole place went up in flames and took all the bands with it… except for maybe Arcade Fire, Lily Allen and Of Montreal.

    Coachella has Jarvis. Nuff’ said.

  11. julio  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    Beirut??? COld WAr Kids??? YUcK!!!! Welcome to Hipsteroo 2007. Watch this show have an all emo line-up in 2008, with mega sponsorship from Starbucks and MTV.

  12. Yeah, if this report is true, then Bonnaroo’s been reading Pitchfork a little too much. Most of those “Best New Music” bands faded out within a few months.

  13. Jay  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    It’s kind of creepy this post begins with something akin to “Hey kids! Forget Coachella- the awesome summer must-see music festival everyone’s talking is once about is again Bonnaroo! Sting rocks!”

    Wreaks of some behind the scenes shenanigans.

    Did Stereogum Inc. and its partners agree to cover Bonnaroo this year and not Coachella?

  14. Brian Jones...Alive!  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    Bonnaroo has dropped signifacantly since 2004. The past 2 years they grab the big name bands touring for that year and use it as the advertisment. Taking away what was good about the Roo in the past which was the lack of spotlight on any band appearing. Allowing all the bands big and small share one spotlight. By having The Police, Pearl Jam, and Dylan (whom I love but he should not be a headliner)headline this year Bonnaroo makes yet another giant leap to mainstream. More attention means more problems and less fun. Pitch Fork Fest in Chicago and the All Good Fest are stepping up to the plate this year.

  15. Jay, I go to Bonnaroo every year. I don’t think I could handle the Indio heat. Though if the Police played Coachella I’d definitely go!

    Did anyone go to ‘Roo last year and NOT have a great time? I even lost my wallet and I still loved it.

  16. Carly  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    Did these sources at Big Hassle have any OTHER information? Any names you could throw out there? How’s about a date for the released artist lineup? THROW US A BONE, SCOTT.

  17. The Hold Steady, Fountains of Wayne, Cold War Kids, and Charlie Louvin are confirmed off that list. Still, the validity of this is questionable but if it comes even close, it blows last year away. I’d rather spend a weekend at Bonnaroo than in the California desert with elitist hipsters.

  18. Yeah, forget Coachella. Why see the first (and probably only) American appearance by JARVIS FUCKING COCKER in 9 years, Air, Bjork, and the Rage reunion when you can instead see 10 acts from this years Coachella plus 10 acts from the last two, and 50 oldies acts and jam bands? I know there’s more acts that don’t belong this year than ever, but come on, get real.

    This is a hoax lineup, anyway. Tom Waits? Yeah, keep dreaming. It would be a pretty sweet lineup, but there’s no way it’s true. There has to be at least one jam band headliner, and if Bob Dylan didn’t headline years ago, why would he now?

  19. aj  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    I have consistently missed seeing Bjork and Air for the past 7 years, so maybe its time for a very long drive.

    However, Bonnaroo last year was incredibly fun. Its hard to forget something like Radiohead playing for 3 hours.

  20. JoeyT  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    Well Phil Lesh didnt headline before and headlined last year. So it’s happened.

  21. will  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2007 0

    hey stereogum whats wrong with the red hot chili peppers?………they are the best musicians of our generation with a possible few exceptions

  22. i’ll be there slingin posters again representing the American Poster Institute. last year was incredible and the fact that the (rumored) lineup looks great again does not disappoint.

  23. eric  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2007 0

    the best musicians of our generation? dude thats like the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard.

  24. Brian Jones…alive!, can we please let go once and for all of the childish notion that things that are popular are necessarily bad. If you want to see 3 mind-numbing days of bland-ass jam bands that all sound the same there are dozens of smaller festivals you can go to. I think Bonnaroo’s gradual move away from this format while retaining its rootsy vibe is what’s made it one of the best festivals. Last year’s Radiohead show was among the best shows I’ve ever seen, and the My Morning Jacket midnight marathon was a close second.

    Oh…and Nickelback, Bon Jovi, and Justin Timberlake would be a move toward the mainstream. There’s a different word for artists like The Police, Pearl Jam, and Bob Dylan, and that’s “legendary.” For good reason.

  25. munkivelli  |   Posted on Jan 26th, 2007 0

    so it looks like Pearl Jam is booked in Europe during bonnaroo this year so they won’t be there

  26. Brad  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2007 0

    That list sucks. where’s the widespread, allman brothers, moe., phil lesh, robert randolph, etc. Pearl Jam rocks but i wanna see jam bands at the roo not rock bands.

  27. 6TH year for me and the headliners are important, but go for the whole experience, no 3 bands ruin it or make it for me. Love my oldies, but learn to love about 20 unknowns too and the party is to die for…………..So many unexpected music surprises. But the rumored line-up would be icing…………

  28. john  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2007 0

    steve miller band is performing chattanooga the 15th…hmmmm?

  29. Troy  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2007 0

    Pearl Jam is in Europe during Bonnaroo, Bob Dylan turned it down before and would do it again (unfortunatly, he’s getting old and I doubt he’d still do something like that), and some of those other bands are outrageous! No Emo should be at Bonnaroo, that’s not chill…people come there to chill and listen to music, if they are there for other reasons, they shouldn’t be there at all! Line-up comes out Feb. 14, check the actual website for more, and the REAL line-up, rumors aren’t anything but bullshit. (granted some of those bands would be hella nice to see at the ‘Roo this year!)

  30. Ricker  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2007 0

    Please, Bonnaroo never indicated that they were putting on a ‘jam band’ festival. I hate jam heads and their tunnel vision when it comes to music. I also hate emo bands and their little pouting, make-up wearing fans but this is a MUSIC festival where rock bands should be booked equally as jam bands. Go to Langerado if you want nothing but jam band crap.

  31. read the site the “Police” it is…………5 years ago tickets went fast, can’t believe if they limit it to 70,000 that they will last with this headliner……………..Bonnaroo time is here again…………

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