U2 are too big for festivals. The band headlined Glastonbury in 2011, but other than that, they have spent the past few decades avoiding huge multi-band bills. It makes sense. They are, after all, the rare band that can pack a stadium on its own; they don’t need to see their name on a poster with a few dozen other groups. But now it’s looking like the band will, for the first time ever, headline next year’s Bonnaroo festival.
Yesterday, U2 shared a Christmas video promising some “very special shows” to honor the 30th anniversary of their classic album The Joshua Tree and teasing the release of the new album Songs Of Experience. And now Billboard reports that those special shows will likely include a North American stadium show next spring, and a European trek afterward. The site also quotes sources close to the band, who say that U2 will headline next year’s Bonnaroo, which runs 6/8-11, and that they’ll also play two shows at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.