Evey year, it seems the Bonnaroo headliner gets a little more special. But AC Entertainment will have to pull off something spectacular in 2014 to top this year’s news that an ex-Beatle will be the Middle Tennessee music festival’s big draw. That’s right: Paul McCartney is Bonnaroo’s big name in 2013.
He’ll be joined at the top of the bill by Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Björk, and Wilco. The rest of the lineup, in alphabetical order: A-Trak, Alt-J, Amadou and Mariam, Animal Collective, AraabMuzik, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A$AP Rocky, Baroness, Beach House, Bombino Bernhoft, Big K.R.I.T., Mike Birbiglia, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Boys Noize, Action Bronson, Sam Bush and Del McCoury, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Calexico, Cat Power, Charli XCX, Clockwork, Conspirator, Cults, Deap Valley, Death Grips, Diiv, Django Django, Fatoumata Diawara, Dirty Projectors, Divine Fits, Earl Sweatshirt, Father John Misty, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Foals, Four Tet, John Fullbright, Futurebirds, Wolfgang Gartner, the Gaslight Anthem, Gov’t Mule, Milo Greene, Grizzly Bear, Haim, Glen Hansard, Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation Superjam, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Holy Ghost!, Billy Idol, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jim James, Japandroids, Jeff the Brotherhood, R. Kelly, Killer Mike, Kendrick Lamar, Local Natives, Lord Huron, the Lumineers, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Matt and Kim, John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension, J.D. McPherson, Nas, the National, Aoife O’Donovan, Of Monsters and Men, Paper Diamond, Passion Pit, Noam Pikelny and Friends, Portugal. The Man, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pretty Lights, Purity Ring, Reptar, Porter Robinson, Sea Wolf, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, the Sheepdogs, Soul Superjam featuring Jim James, John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Stepkids, Allen Stone, Swans, the Tallest Man on Earth, Tame Impala, Daniel Tosh, Trombone Shorty, Frank Turner, Twenty|One|Pilots, Two Gallants, the Vaccines, Walk the Moon, Patrick Watson, Matthew E. White, Trixie Whitley, Wilco, Wild Nothing, Wu-Tang Clan, the xx, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Dwight Yoakam, and ZZ Top.
Bonnaroo 2013 will be held June 13-16 in Manchester, Tenn. Tickets start at $234.50 (sets of two VIP passes are available for $1,449.50) and go on sale Saturday, Feb. 23.