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Kanye Blasts The Press, Slights Jay Z In Triumphant Bonnaroo Return

Six years after Kanye West’s infamous Bonnaroo debut — a performance that didn’t begin until 4:30AM BECAUSE OF PEARL JAM, SQUID BRAINS!! — the newlywed rapper returned to Manchester last night for what, by most accounts, was a strong headline set, though uneventful by Yeezus Tour standards. One notable outburst, which you can watch below,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 14, 2014 - 11:19 am

Skrillex, Janelle Monaé, Warpaint, Chance The Rapper, Thundercat To Join Forces For Bonnaroo Superjam

Bonnaroo has announced the lineups for a trio of Superjams at this year’s festival. The annual improv sessions have previously featured D’Angelo’s return to the public eye and the one-time-only collision of John Oates, R. Kelly, and Billy Idol, and at least one of this year’s two lineups seems primed to offer something memorable. That’d… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Bonnaroo Lineup 2014

Like last year, Bonnaroo is announcing the bulk of its fest lineup via a 30-minute B.L.A.M. (Bonnaroo Line-Up Announcement Megathon) webcast. The 2014 reveal is hosted by comedians Hannibal Buress and Taran Killam and features a super jam with the Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and special guests (I’m guessing Foxygen based on this Instagram). Bonnaroo… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 19, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Bonnaroo To Announce 2014 Lineup With Flaming Lips & Ben Folds Superjam

Bonnaroo has announced the date for when they’ll announce their lineup. If that sounds excessive to you, just wait a moment, because the day of the reveal may actually deserve that announcement of its own. February 19th, preceding the 9PM moment when we find out who will be heading down to Manchester, TN to play… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 6, 2014 - 4:47 pm

The 9 Best Things At Bonnaroo 2013

This year’s Bonnaroo curators covered important bases in terms of top-level talent: from iconic boomer-fare like Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, to iconic R&B fare like R. Kelly, to iconic hipster/hippie fare (a Bonnaroo speciality) in Animal Collective. And the undercard was ripe, too, with strong names from most every genre over four days o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 17, 2013 - 11:06 am

Watch Father John Misty Perform “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” Acoustic For Bonnaroo’s Hay Bale Sessions

Each year during Bonnaroo, the festival records a video series featuring stripped-down acoustic sets called the “Hay Bale Sessions.” Below, check out a session from this year’s fest: Father John Misty playing an acoustic version of “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings.”… More »

By: Liz Pelly / June 15, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Mumford & Sons Cancel Bonnaroo Headline Set

Along with Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, the hugely popular but controversial vest-folk revivalists Mumford & Sons were scheduled to headline this weekend’s Bonnaroo Festival. But now, that won’t happen, and Bonnaroo organizers will have to find someone else to fill tomorrow night’s headliner spot. Mumford & Sons have a good reason for the cancellation:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013 - 8:53 am

Bonnaroo 2013 Schedule

This year’s Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN 6/13-17) features headliners Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, as well as performances from the National, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, and many more. The specific schedule has now been released. Unfortunately for Weird “Al” Yankovic and R. Kelly fans, they play overlapping sets on Saturday… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 1, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup

Unlike Coachella, who had us waiting in suspense for weeks — analyzing the economics of the festival industry and trying to divine insight from fake posters — before dropping their 2013 lineup at night, totally unannounced, Bonnaroo is doing this the old-fashioned way: by having Weird Al host a live stream on YouTube. The Tennessee… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 19, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Danzig Tries To Fight Photog At Bonnaroo

Glenn Danzig has made an absurd amount of great music in his time on this earth, but he’s apparently not the guy you want to book to your music festival. With his Danzig Legacy show, the man performed at Bonnaroo over the weekend. And though his set reportedly wasn’t the fiasco that his Fun Fu… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Bonnaroo 2012 In Photos

The 11th annual Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival went down in Manchester, Tennessee over the weekend, with headlining sets by Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish. Rounding out the bill was a genre-spanning array of acts we’ve come to expect from this eclectic fest: The Beach Boys, Danny Brown, Bon Iver, Alice Cooper, Skrillex,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 11, 2012 - 10:41 am

Stream D’Angelo’s Surprise Bonnaroo Set

This year’s Bonnaroo-culminating “Superjam” was curated by the Roots’ Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, and during the 90-minute show he brought out special guest D’Angelo, the first time the R&B singer has touched an American stage in quite some time. The jam session — which also featured people like percussionist Frank Knuckles, bassist Pino Palladino, saxophonist Eric… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 11, 2012 - 9:58 am

Watch Radiohead Play Bonnaroo 2012, Hint At Jack White Collab

Radiohead played Bonnaroo last night, and though they didn’t play the new song they’ve been soundchecking, they did dedicate “Supercollider” to Jack White. “This song is for Jack White,” said Yorke. “We saw him yesterday. A big thank you to him, but we can’t tell you why. You’ll find out.” Do with that what you… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 9, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Bonnaroo 2012 Schedule Revealed

Though the full lineup has been out a second, today the Manchester, TN institution announced its full schedule. I’m sad to report that there’s a fifteen minute overlap between Foster The People’s and St. Vincent’s sets on Friday — which goes to show you, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t have it… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 15, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup

Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival, which comes to Manchester 6/7-10, just announced this year’s lineup on Spotify. This year, the headliners are Radiohead, the reunited Beach Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish. The bill also features tons of other big names: Bon Iver, the Shins, Aziz Ansari, the Avett Brothers, Feist, the Roots, Black Star,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Artist Polaroids From Bonnaroo 2011

Festival photography is generally delivered from the vantage of the photo pits, and so we did, but this year we decided to present a more unique perspective on Bonnaroo’s sights. With the help of Graeme Flegenheimer, we distributed Polaroid cameras amongst some charming artists and told them to shoot whatever they wanted. In the gallery… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 13, 2011 - 7:28 pm

Bonnaroo 2011 Photos: Sunday

This final batch of Randy Cremean’s photos from this year’s 10th annual Bonnaroo festival includes the Strokes, Cold War Kids, Robyn, Mavis Staples, a SuperJam featuring Dr. John and Dan Auerbach, and more. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 13, 2011 - 9:47 am

Bonnaroo 2011 Photos: Saturday

Eminem closed Bonnaroo’s 3rd day, which had kicked off with hip-hop heavy hitters Lil Wayne and Big Boi in the early hours and also hosted Wiz Khalifa in the late afternoon. Buffalo Springfield’s headline set on the Which Stage overlapped with Shady’s, making a joint cover of “He Got Game” an impossibility. Next time! Photographer… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 12, 2011 - 9:20 am

Bonnaroo 2011 Photos: Thursday & Friday

The 10th annual ‘Roo is underway. Here are Randy Cremean’s great pics of some of the notable sets from the first two days of this year’s fest in beautiful, boiling Manchester, TN. Featuring Sleigh Bells, Lil Wayne, Twin Shadow, Big Boi, Wavves and Best Coast (aww), Karen Elson and Jack White (hmm), Jim James’ hair,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 11, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Make Bonnaroo Debut

Montreal’s Arcade Fire and Manchester’s Bonnaroo musical festival, two of the biggest success stories in the past decade of indie rock, crossed paths for the first time last night. The Canadian collective’s critical and commercial hit Album Of The Year The Suburbs dominated much of the set that began on the What Stage before midnight. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 11, 2011 - 11:35 am