Just got this early Valentine’s Day present (as much as a press release can be a VDay Present). So many great bands we may not even miss MMJ (okay, we’ll miss ’em). Tickets on sale 2/23 at noon…
New York, NY. Wednesday, February 14th, 2007: Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The sixth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 14-17 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2007 lineup will total over 100 bands and 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Friday, February 23rd at 12:00 PM EST.
The largest and most revered music and camping event in the country, Bonnaroo has elevated the American rock festival to an unprecedented level. As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unprecedented amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event offers attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy club, cinema, silent disco, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality craft vendors. Since its inception in 2002, Bonnaroo has swiftly earned its status as the country?s premier music and arts event. According to the New York Times, ?Bonnaroo has revolutionized the modern rock festival.? The event is famous for the incredible energy that emerges from its crowds, who make the Bonnaroo pilgrimage to immerse themselves in its unique camping community and witness four days of historical music moments. Honoring the festival?s unique spirit, Rolling Stone called Bonnaroo ?one of the 50 moments to change the history of rock and roll.?
Bonnaroo?s 2007 music lineup is once again a wildly diverse set of top-notch acts from established veterans to cutting-edge artists. This year, Bonnaroo will host the recently reunited rock legends the Police, along with other revered acts such as Tool, Widespread Panic and the first announced appearance by the White Stripes after their lengthy break. The festival?s most far-reaching lineup yet also features Manu Chao, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand, the Decemberists, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, the String Cheese Incident, Regina Spektor, the Flaming Lips and Damien Rice amongst scores of others.
Alternative arts entertainment has always been an integral part of the Bonnaroo experience. Comedy is a hit among Bonnaroo fans, who pack in to see sets at Yet Another (Comedy) Tent, the festival?s on-site comedy club. The 2007 festival offers the best crop of comedians yet. This year?s laugh lineup includes crude and hilarious sets by David Cross, Dave Attell and Lewis Black, who is returning to Bonnaroo for the second year in a row.
With this year?s stellar comedy lineup, Bonnaroo organizers continue to increase the quality and quantity of non-music entertainment options at the festival. ?Being a four-day, 24-hour event has put us in a unique position to create entertainment options that go way beyond what a fan gets to experience at a normal concert or festival,? says Superfly?s Rich Goodstone. ?You can come to Bonnaroo and catch a set by a headlining comedian, create your own mix CD, taste beers at our brewer?s festival, hook up with an environmental organization or see a new documentary film?and that?s just scratching the surface.?
Along with its exceptional programming, the Bonnaroo organization is dedicated to producing a festival that is as environmentally friendly as possible while raising awareness among patrons about green products, technologies and issues. A leader among American festivals in environmental initiatives, Bonnaroo continues to take significant steps toward reducing or eliminating its environmental impact, including aggressive recycling programs and the use of post-consumer supplies and bio-diesel generators. In 2006, Bonnaroo diverted 60 percent of its waste from landfills and replaced over 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel with bio-diesel. The festival is aggressively seeking ways to make Bonnaroo 2007 even greener.
As always, organizers are focused on providing Bonnaroo fans with the best possible overall experience. To that end, principles recently purchased the property on which the event has taken place since its inception, a move that secures the festival?s long-term stability. The purchase will enable organizers to gradually upgrade infrastructure, creating an increasingly comfortable environment for performers and attendees. With these logistical initiatives, not to mention the festival?s vital programming strategies, Bonnaroo is sure to maintain its significance in the American cultural landscape for years to come.
Official festival website is www.bonnaroo.com
2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
The White Stripes
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
The Flaming Lips
The String Cheese Incident
Bob Weir & Ratdog
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers
Kings of Leon
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Black Keys
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Keller Williams (WMD?s)
Sasha & John Digweed
Old Crow Medicine Show
The Hold Steady
North Mississippi Allstars
Fountains Of Wayne
John Butler Trio
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
The Richard Thompson Band
Cold War Kids
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Tea Leaf Green
Sam Roberts Band
Elvis Perkins in Dearland
James Blood Ulmer
The Little Ones
Lewis Black & Friends
More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival go on sale Friday, February 23, 2007 at 12:00 PM EST through www.bonnaroo.com