Of course we did a double take when we received the Bonnaroo lineup press release yesterday. But if the AP and the NME (now deleted) and the Chicago Sun Times (see here) had spent more than 30 seconds looking at it, a whole lotta faulty headlines could’ve been avoided.
The big mix up, as you well know by now: It’s Lez Zeppelin heading to TN this year. Not Led. (Although, Robert will be there with Ms. Krauss, so maybe a Lez Plant bit is in the air).
DeRogatis maintains “The press release was misleading, to say the least.” Let’s see if you have better eyes than major media editors. Full press release after the jump.
BONNAROO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2008 LINEUP FEATURING:
PEARL JAM, METALLICA, JACK JOHNSON, KANYE WEST, ALISON KRAUSS & ROBERT PLANT, MY MORNING JACKET, WILLIE NELSON, PHIL LESH & FRIENDS, B.B. KING, SIGUR ROS, THE RACONTEURS, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
LEZ ZEPPELIN CONFIRMED
COMEDY TENT TO HOST ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, JANEANE GAROFALO, JIM NORTON, MIKE BIRBIGLIA AND LATE NIGHT LIVE TALK SHOW WITH DAVID CROSS
EXCLUSIVE 2008 FESTIVAL COMMEMORATIVE DVD AVAILABLE TO FANS WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS
New York, NY. Wednesday, February 6th, 2008: Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to annousnce the initial lineup for the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The seventh annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 12-15 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 2008 lineup will total over 100 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 16 at 12:00 PM EDT.
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 unparalleled 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 theater, cinema festival, jazz club, 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.”
Continuing the Bonnaroo tradition of diversity and dynamism, the 2008 lineup draws top-flight acts from a staggering range of musical worlds. This year, Bonnaroo welcomes metal stalwart Metallica, the explosive Pearl Jam and acoustic rocker Jack Johnson, along with hip-hop star Kanye West, indie-rock staple Death Cab for Cutie and scores of other hot acts. Fresh talents like NYC buzz band Vampire Weekend and Austin electro act Ghostland Observatory will perform alongside revered legends such as Willie Nelson and the Band’s Levon Helm, who will bring his famous Woodstock-based Midnight Ramble show to thousands of festival fans. Other special collaborations include the slow-burning duo of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, roots-leaning couple Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and bluegrass darling Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet with Béla Fleck. The sprawling lineup also includes epic acts like Gogol Bordello, Against Me!, Sigur Rós and Bonnaroo favorite My Morning Jacket.
In addition to stellar music programming, Bonnaroo organizers continue to increase the quality and quantity of non-music entertainment options at the festival. Bonnaroo’s revered Comedy Tent will once again host a stellar lineup of first-rate standup sets in a seated, air-conditioned venue, including Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Mike Birbiglia, Jim Norton, Brian Posehn and the return of David Cross, who will host “Bonnaroo Late Time Chat About,” an original midnight talk show complete with a house band, comic skits and special guests.
As a unique, unprecedented offer to the festival’s fans, Bonnaroo is offering the option to purchase a commemorative DVD of the 2008 festival that will be sent to them in December. At an exclusive price for ticket buyers, fans will have the option of ordering the DVD at the time of purchasing tickets to the festival. These DVDs will feature exclusive performances and backstage footage from the 2008 festival, allowing fans to relive their Bonnaroo experience. The featured video will be handpicked to showcase this year’s performance highlights as filmed by Bonnaroo’s team of directors. The DVD will include full-color packaging and artwork and a 5.1 audio mix created from Bonnaroo’s pristine soundboard recordings.
Other exciting new features for 2008 will be announced shortly. As always, organizers are focused on providing Bonnaroo fans with the best possible overall experience, handling logistics with finesse and providing an unparalleled set of entertainment options for an over-the-top weekend of cultural indulgence.
Official festival website is www.bonnaroo.com
2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Phil Lesh & Friends
My Morning Jacket
The Allman Brothers Band
Death Cab for Cutie
Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road
The Bluegrass Allstars Feat. Luke Bulla, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton
Iron & Wine
Yonder Mountain String Band
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival
Broken Social Scene
Robert Randolph’s Revival
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Tegan & Sara
The Avett Brothers
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck
Phil Lesh / Larry Campbell / Jackie Greene
The Fiery Furnaces
Dark Star Orchestra
Minus the Bear
The Felice Brothers
The Lee Boys
Back Door Slam
Bonnaroo Late Night Chat About with David Cross
More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
If Led Zeppelin were really playing, you’d think they’d be towards the top of that artist list, no? But yeah — LEZ ZEPPELIN CONFIRMED is oversell, just A BIT.