The announcement of the Bonnaroo lineup rolled out on an exhausting Tuesday afternoon on the festival’s MySpace page and more effectively on its Twitter feed, essentially making lunch and publication deadlines an afterthought—and also serving as a reminder of just how lumbering and obsolete an old-fashioned newspaper can sometimes seem. A day later and it’s already old news, right?
The biggest names—the Flaming Lips, John Fogerty, Jay-Z, Phoenix, Dave Matthews Band—were interspersed throughout the day with the names of other performers, keeping the anticipation running high. Some commenters at the MySpace page were frustrated by the official announcements, which took the form of a Flash sequence updated every five minutes. The entire roll-out process, in fact, prompted enough complaints that “#lineupfail” became a popular tag on Twitter.
The full lineup, which is the most pop- and indie-rock (which amounts to about the same thing these days) heavy so far: The Avett Brothers, the Flaming Lips, Weezer, Medeski Martin & Wood, John Fogerty, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Ingrid Michaelson, Phoenix, the xx, Regina Spektor, Mayer Hawthorne, Wale, Steep Canyon Rangers with Steve Martin, Norah Jones, Bassnectar, OK Go, Monte Montgomery, Jay-Z, the Punch Brothers, Thievery Corporation, GWAR, She & Him, Jimmy Cliff, Tokyo Police Club, Kid Cudi, Japandroids, Dr. Dog, Baaba Maal, Neon Indian, the Zac Brown Band, the National, John Prine, Dave Matthews Band, Dave Rawlings Machine, Local Natives, Dropkick Murphys, Manchester Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Jay Electronica, the Postelles, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rebelution, Damian Marley and Nas, Needtobreathe, Tenacious D, the Black Keys, Jamey Johnson, They Might Be Giants, the Entrance Band, Lotus, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Clutch, Tori Amos, the Melvins, the Dodos, Kings of Leon, the Dead Weather, Rise Against, Deadmau5, Martin Sexton, Blitzen Trapper, the Gaslight Anthem, Mumford and Sons, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Baroness, Julia Nunes, Here We Go Magic, Tinariwen, the Disco Biscuits, Diane Birch, Lucero, Isis, Miranda Lambert, Kris Kristofferson, LCD Soundsystem, Brandi Carlile, B.O.B., Darryl Hall with Chromeo, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Blues Traveler, the Temper Trap, Michael Franti and Spearhead, the Dan Deacon Ensemble, Les Claypool, Mike Snow, Against Me!, Calexico, Hot Rize, and Stevie Wonder.
The ninth edition of the festival is scheduled for June 10-13 in Manchester, Tenn.