As rumored late last year, Phish and the Boss will be headlining Bonnaroo 2009. It’ll be the legendary jam band’s first time at the festival and they’ll be making up for lost time by playing two nights. Bruce Springsteen will be joined by his E Street Band, like last night but without the football references. It’ll be both acts’ only festival appearance this year. Roo’s eclectic roster also promises sets from the Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, NIN, YYYs, Erykah Badu, Al Green, David Byrne, Wilco, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, and TV On the Radio, who just leaked the entire line-up on their MySpace. Check it out after the jump.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello (Solo)
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Band of Horses
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross

(Thanks Alex for the TVOTR tip.) The big event takes place 6/11-14 in Manchester, TN. Tickets go on sale at this Saturday at noon EST. [Pic by Jeff Gentner/Getty.]

Comments (92)
  1. davedavedave  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0


  2. Fascist Baby  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    it’s nice to know the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are touring a bit again. gives hope the new album will be out soon.

  3. mars volta!!!!!!

    too bad im in Cali. sweet line up though.

  4. thats amazing. Bonnaroo > Coachella

  5. Ty  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    A little premature dave…… Sasquatch and lollapalooza haven’t been announced yet.

  6. John  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    Best lineup in human history.

  7. this is def better than coachella lineup

  8. epic lineup. But missing fleet foxes, bummer.

  9. andy  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    four words

    animal collective late night

  10. Reed  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    No MMJ or STS9, the two shows I most wanted to see at Roo this summer? Damn.

    But still, that lineup is pretty sick anyways.

  11. Black Jesus  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    Here is one vote for Coachella


    pretty stellar

  13. I respectfully disagree with everyone above- I think that Bonnaroo has better headliners without a doubt, but I prefer Coachella’s lineup top to bottom- but suffice it to say, neither is a slouch. And also, I’m in Jersey and poor, so I’m not going to either one, anyway.

  14. Rebecca  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    What are you guys even talking about? This whole line-up is basically a cut-n-paste of the last 2 Coachella lineups. Coachella’s line up is much better, more creative and features more innovative music this year.

  15. geep  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    makes coachella look like ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag.

  16. Morgan  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    haha is it really worth fighting about? Both are going to be an incredible experience for any attendie.

  17. *starts packing list*

  18. Holy Shit! Al Green!

    This is a good line-up. Even better than last year i would say.

  19. Val  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    I’m there. Not as “holy shit!” as ’07 but infinitely more “holy shit” than last year. I’ll see you kids in June.

  20. incredible lineup

  21. ugh the lollapalooza lineup is gonna be gay

  22. Maidenhead  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    If they can stop all the drug use I’ll be there; otherwise 250 dollars is pretty steep, regardless of the talent, to be around those idiots for three days.

  23. higgle  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Seriously, this line up owns Coachella, yes the headliners own C’s headliners, but more importantly they have B stagers like Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear, which coachella SNOOOZED ON

    so . much. better. it’ s. ridiculous.

  24. Michael  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    My thoughts exactly on STS9, except I just bought tickets for three nights at the Georgia Theatre in March. Kakow.

  25. xer  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    beats the shit out of FAILchella this year. amy winehouse? for fuck’s sake…

  26. Merle Haggard!

  27. !!!  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    what a magical lineup! I really want to go!

  28. Oh my fucking god, oh my fucking god, oh my fucking god, oh my fucking god……oh fy mucking dog, toe sly monkey slog, oh fi fe fi fo, ab ab aba ab……..g g g g g g g g g g ggg g ggg ggooo goood golly……. I just pooped in my pants.


  29. alex  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Jenny Lewis touring by herself, eh?

  30. Jacob  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Everyone knows that Springsteen is the late add to Coachella, right? With that in mind, this lineup doesn’t even come close to Coachella.

    Two nights of Phish cancel out one night of Springsteen. My Bloody Valentine and Springsteen on the same night – much less, in the desert – that is legendary.

    Oh yeah…Animal Collective sucks.

  31. Weird, just looking at the first 11 headliners, this festival could have happened anytime in the last 15 years (almost 30! if you take the first 9! ) …except for Wilco, of course.

    It looks a lot like a mid 90s Hullabalooza lineup at first glance.

  32. Harry  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Average Coachella: Pretending to act superior to another festival’s clearly great lineup out of some false sense of superiority (developed from the perpetual sense of inferiority west coast hipsters feel to New Yorkers and Europeans).

    Average Bonnaroo Ticket Holder: Doing back flips and acting like their the kid who found the golden ticket.

  33. lol  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Coheed and Cambria?!? LOL! Don’t they have a Dungeons & Dragons game scheduled in their cousin’s basement that night? They SUCK.

  34. celoshedafari  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    looks pretttttty siiick except for the two headliners hah and the whole TN deal… it’d be tight if bonnaroo and coachella just traded places…. (cough delta spirit yeeuh)

  35. Marlee  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    I’m sorry, did you say Ms. Badu and Al Green? dinggggggg dang doo

    Bonnaroo or Bust 2009.

  36. no MMJ leaves me with a hole in my heart but i will soldier through.

  37. birdstheword  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    I dunno, i feel like festivals kind of ruin one of the most important ideas of indie rock: music played to a few dedicated fans in a small venue. Festivals suck I saw the Fleet Foxes in a small venue (Local 506 in Chapel Hill) and i promise no festival could top that.

  38. On first glance, I’ve gotta give this to Bonnaroo over Coachella, and I’m one of those “average Coachella goers.” I’ve been to the last 4 coachellas, but this ‘roo has Bruce, and a better undercard (to me).

    I mean, there’s a good chance there will be big time adds to Coachella like Prince last year, but not a good chance one of those adds will be Bruce.

    We’ll see which, if either, I end up going to. But either way, I’m sad how good this lineup is.

  39. Does Phish really have to play twice?

  40. andy  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    bruce isn’t gonna be at coachella, in the press release it clearly states his only US festival appearance

    • Andy — that’s true, but remember in 2007, Coachella had the Rage reunion. In its press release, they were very explicit that it was a one-off show, that Rage had no other planned dates.

      They went on to do Rock The Bells and a full tour.

      So I don’t expect Bruce to be added to Coachella – Coachella likes to have unique headliners – but just because the press release said so, don’t make it the case.

      I broke down the two lineups, and in the end, I like Coachella’s better now. Not worth explaining here, but I wrote it up in my blog.

  41. megsullly  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Bonnaroo > Animal Collective > Coachella

  42. mark  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Fantastic lineup. I’m especially excited for NIN and David Byrne–two acts I’ve never seen before (shame)

    My wish list for round 2:
    Jack White
    Jeff Beck
    The Numero Eccentric Soul Revue with JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
    Joey DeFrancesco
    Ahmad Jamal
    Gene Ween Band
    Nashville Orchestra

  43. Michael_  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Macca + Moz + Leonard Cohen all on the same night
    The Cure + My Bloody Valentine + YYY’s all on the same night
    Potentially disastrous/hilarious sets by Amy Winehouse and the Brian Jonestown Massacre
    Metal, hardcore and punk (Mastadon, Genghis Tron, Henry Rollins, No Age, Fucked Up, Vivian Girls, Liars, Gaslight Anthem)
    More exclusive acts (Fleet Foxes, Throbbing Gristle, Paul Weller, X, Rollings, Public Enemy, Antony)


    Springsteen (Already doing a full US tour)
    NIN who’ve toured the US a handful of times in the past year
    Phish and the Beasties = Not interesting to me
    MGMT, Santogold, St. Vincent= Coachella leftovers
    Boring indie folk artists and jam bands
    Barely any punk, hardcore and metal (Coheed and Cambria? LOL)
    Shares most of its interesting bigger acts with Coachella (YYYs, TVOTR, Band of Horses, Girl Talk)

    Throw in cleaner showers and cleaner people and I’d rather be off to Indio than Tennessee.

    The only thing I give Bonnaroo is Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear. Everything else about the festival is a bore to my personal tastes.

  44. iiiiiiii  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    wouldn’t count out pavement for coachella…..

  45. Michael_  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Yup, glad you spotted that too. It’s all relative to what you’re into. One man’s garbage is another man’s gold.

  46. A.J.  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Can you imagine who Bruce could bring out for a guest spot? Elvis Costello? Al Green? David Byne? Emmylou Harris?

  47. A.J.  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Can you imagine who Bruce could bring out for a guest spot? Elvis Costello? Al Green? David Byne? Emmylou Harris?
    Also, I wonder what the late night possibilities are? I’m sure Girl Talk will be, but an Animal Collective late night would be amazing.

  48. American Dan  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Are you people all nuts? Yes, Bonnaroo has a better lineup top to bottom but I’m sorry, these headliners blow. I’d much rather see McCartney than any of the Bonnaroo headliners. I mean, he’s a Beatle!!!!!

    The Boss would be cool, but Phish is quite possibly the worst big-name band in the history of American popular music, NIN and the Beasties haven’t been good for 15 years and Snoop is nothing without Dre. Compared to last years Lolla headliners — or other Bonnaroo headliners from the past — this is pretty weak. Where’s MMJ? Or the Flaming Lips? Or any remotely interesting hip-hop artists?

    Hey, at least there’s no Jack Johnson, I guess.

  49. Brent  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    Phish will play two shows – a full two-set performance as well as an additional late-evening set – at the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

    I’m confused by that, does that mean they are playing 3 times?

    • C. Science  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

      Brent: I am guessing that it means that they will play a full performance of two sets (effectively a headliner) on one night, and then a single, long late night set (at like 2 a.m. or something) on another night.

  50. Great line up. I doubt anything will ever top ‘roo ’07 though.

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