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Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish head Bonnaroo 2012

on February 14, 2012, 5:15pm

bonnaroo 2012 logo Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish head Bonnaroo 2012

The 11th annual Bonnaroo Music Festival runs June 7-10th in Manchester, Tennessee. This year’s bill is headlined by Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, and the reunited Beach Boys, with Bon Iver, The Shins, Dispatch, Foster the People, The Avett Brothers, Skrillex, Feist, and Aziz Ansari among the other heavyweights.

Other notables include The Roots, Ben Folds Five, Black Star, Alice Cooper, St. Vincent, Mogwai, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Flogging Molly, Childish Gambino, Ludacris, tUnE-yArDs, SBTRKT, Battles, Black Lips, Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, The Joy Formidable, Young the Giant, Kurt Vile and The Violators, EMA, The Antlers, Delta Spirit, Das Racist, The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Here We Go Magic,  Yelawolf, and Mac Miller.

Also playing are Umphey’s McGee, The Word (featuring Robert Randolph, John Medeski, and North Mississippi Allstars), Bad Brains, Mariachi El Bronx, The Devil Makes Three, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Gary Clark Jr., Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Kathleen Edwards, Phantogram, Two Door Cinema Club, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Civil Wars, City and Colour, The Kooks, Big Freedia, K-Flay, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Grouplove, White Denim, SOJA, Big Gigantic, Fruit Bats, Moon Taxi, The Soul Rebels, The Lonely Forest, ALO, Blind Pilot, Ben Howard, Trampled By Turtles, Mimosa, and Spectrum Road (featuring Santana, John Medeski, Jack Bruce, Cindy Blackman, and Vernon Reid.)

This year also promises another one of Bonnaroo’s trademark superjams; however, the participating artists have yet to be announced.

In all, over 125 bands and 20 comedians will perform across 13 stages during the four-day event. Additional artists and comedians will be revealed in the coming weeks. Below, you can watch the lineup announced by ESPN’s John Anderson.

Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, February 18th at Noon ET via the festival’s website.

Update: Here’s the poster:

bonnaroo 2012 poster Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish head Bonnaroo 2012


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he beezy
May 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I have gone the past 6 years and will be there my 7th time this June. I’m pumped because Bonnaroo is more than a lineup, it’s a whole atmosphere. However, I do agree this lineup is the weakest I’ve seen but the price of admission for the headliners alone is equal to the $ value of what you’re going to experience. I wish they had some more late night acts, they have just enough to make it good but they normally have horrible overlaps and this year they can’t afford that.

Really ?!? It’s COS man, relax
February 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

you are soooooooo right. he made a horrible mistake. thank you so much for pointing that out. now the whole world can rest easy because “LearnHowToSpell” (but not how to use a space bar, or form a fully functional sentence) has saved us from casual/lazy non-proofread comment sections on music sites everywhere. way to contribute to the topic at hand. 

February 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

Beach Boys will not make it to Bonnaroo. We all know about the “Brian Wilson” factor, and if you think they are magically going to sound better on a massive outdoor stage in the middle of June than they did at the highly controlled environment of the Grammy’s your wrong. If Wilson backs out cause of his perfectionist tendencies, then the whole thing is off….nobody would care about this without him, and nobody will care about “John Stamos and the Beach Boys” should he decide they don’t sound the way he thinks they should. Hope I am wrong, but would not be surprised….Allman Bros. could replace, making up for there cancellation a couple of years back. 

February 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

A question to those who feel this is a weak lineup. Who would have made it better?what are you looking for that is not included here?

February 15, 2012 at 3:43 am

This is going to be a lot of fun, but this is by far the worst lineup I have ever seen.

February 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

ahit lineup

Doug Murphy
February 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm


February 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Wow this lineup is so much weaker than I expected. Definitely no wow factor. Coachella by far has a superior lineup. The bottom of this lineup alone isn’t enough to get me to fork out the dough to get down there and deal with the long lines, heat, etc. Sasquatch is decent this year but not great. Damn I really wanted to avoid Lolla this year but I may not have a choice.

February 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

 Wow to your non-wow factor!  HAHAHAHA!!  I

ghost that never lies…
February 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

after 11 years it’s kind of hard to “wow” people unless they go insane with their budget.  Ignore the first four lines of this lineup and look at the bottom. Our festivals are turning into Europe where many bands hit the same fests. Obviously RHCP (who promised they weren’t doing any festivals) along with Radiohead look like our festival whores for the year.  But honestly, who cares.  You’re seeing RHCP and Radiohead.

 They really have some solid underground and up and coming artists.  Dawes, Gary Clark Jr, Two Door Cinema, Tune-Yards, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, The Antlers, The Joy Formidable, Tuneyards, Young the Giant, The Lonely Forest, The Black Lips, Alabama Shakes, Battles, Kooks, Das Racist, the war on drugs…. hell i could keep going but I have to get back to work.  The middle and bottom of this lineup is fantastic.  I would be beyond happy if half of these bands come to South Florida……Trust me, Langerado would have sold out if this was the bottom of the lineup.

February 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Overall nothing spectacular here. The Beach Boys are a good get, but the rest of it is predictable and for the most part we’ve seen most of it before. The first inclination, as with Coachella, was not a wow at all.

February 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

That’s what I’m hoping for. He tends to play every second year at least. he’s a bonnaroo vet. plus with his new solo album, and the fact that he’s a Tennessee native…

February 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Does anyone else think that the omission of Jack White from this list and the TBD superjam are connected.

February 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm


February 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Boring lineup

February 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Your mom is a boring lineup…

February 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm


Pam Malaguti
February 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm



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