As advertised, Bonnaroo this year is bringing some great comedians and a slate of Phish, Springsteen, and more Phish: The reunited jam icons play a standard headlining set Sunday night (Beasties and Bruce headline Friday and Saturday, respectively), and a late night Friday set advertised as 11-2AM. But if Kanye’s time at Bonnaroo has given us anything aside from the durably derogatory “squid brains” zing, it has given us the knowledge that cutoff times don’t really matter for stage-closing acts at Bonnaroo. Expect lots of hippie zombies. The big conflicts seem to come Friday: Yeah Yeah Yeahs (4:45PM), Grizzly Bear (5PM), or Santigold (4:45PM)? Enjoy that. And it’s a good thing Merriweather is Animal Collective’s sunniest set yet, because they’re scheduled for 2:45PM that day (overlapping with St. Vincent at 3PM). Byrne and Beasties that night around 8:30 also might be a challenge… Saturday’s cluttered around 7PM with Wilco/Elvis Costello/The Decemberists sharing hours, while Sunday’s got a Andrew Bird/Okkervil faceoff at 4:30ish and a Neko Case/Band Of Horses one later in the night. Otherwise not too bad. Until you trying to work in the comics.
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