Bonnaroo 2014: Kanye, Jack White, Elton John Among Headliners
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival finally released its 2014 lineup on Wednesday night, and like always, the festival being held in Manchester, Tennessee has booked a highly diverse group of acts to play on the site’s 10 stages during the four-day event that will take place from June 12 to 15.
Bonnaroo is known for including both established artists and breaking stars across a variety of genres. This year’s headliners include Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie, and Vampire Weekend. Some alternative and rock bands playing the event include the Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Cake, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and the Arctic Monkeys. Hip-hop acts aside from West include Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube, and Danny Brown. Electronic music will be represented by Skrillex — who’s set to host one of the festival’s famous jam sessions along with Die Antwoord and Kaskade. If you’re looking for country and blues, the Avett Brothers, Seasick Steve, and Yonder Mountain String Band are a few options. Soul and R&B singers including Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, and Bobby Womack are also set to perform.
The thirteenth annual Bonnaroo will also include a variety of activities outside of the performances, including a silent disco, yoga classes, the Roo Run, a 40-foot waterslide, and tents hosting films and comedy acts.
Choosing West as one of the headliners came as a surprise to some, as the last time he played Bonnaroo in 2008, he didn’t start performing until 4:30 a.m. on the final day of the festival and played a disappointingly short set. Afterwards, he posted a tirade online blasting the event’s organizers and Pearl Jam, the band that played before him.