NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bonnaroo (BAHN-ah-ROO) is known for its eclectic lineup. This summer’s roster takes it to a new level.
Organizers announced Tuesday night a lineup that features the Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z at the head of a list that includes a little bit of everything.
The festival will be held June 10-13 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., about 60 miles south of Nashville.
Other top names in the genre-jumping lineup of 125 acts include Norah Jones, Weezer, Jack White’s newest band The Dead Weather, Nas (NAHZ) with Damian Marley, and the Flaming Lips will perform Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”
Bonnaroo also features a formidable comedy lineup led by Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black’s Tenacious D.
The headlining slot earned by Kings of Leon is a milestone for the Nashville-area band, which won a Grammy for record of the year for “Use Somebody” last month. They are the first band to start on a tiny tent stage at the festival, then go on to a headline slot.
Buoyed by their platinum-selling album Only by the Night, they’ll likely play in front of 60,000 to 70,000 fans.
Fans of lesser known, alternative music may be pleased to know that acts such as Manchester Orchestra, The Gaslight Anthem and Regina Spektor will also perform.
On the hip-hop front, up-and-coming artists such as Kid Cudi and Wale will also take the stage.
The festival also has a strong country flavor this year, with the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert and Dave Rawlings Machine. There will also be roots rockers like John Fogerty, the Avett Brothers, John Prine, The Black Keys.
There’s even a chance to see a few moonlighting actors with banjo enthusiast Steve Martin performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Zooey Deschanel’s She & Him performing.