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Bonnaroo’s 2014 Lineup: One Day Later

on February 20, 2014, 6:20pm
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Following its massive, earth-shattering lineup in 2009, Bonnaroo went through a bit of a swoon soon after with lineups that were good, but not great. When Coachella scored Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, and Pavement in 2010, Bonnaroo answered with Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, and Tenacious D. In 2011, Eminem performed lip-synced and in 2012, they booked Red Hot Chili Peppers. All music festivals have misses, but Bonnaroo isn’t just any ol’ music festival. It’s our Glastonbury and we have expectations, dammit. This is the festival, after all, that gave us Radiohead’s most memorable live performance to date, where The White Stripes headlined for the first time, and which once featured Springsteen, Phish, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, and David Byrne as its top five.

So when Bonnaroo dropped its lineup in 2013, our little group of festival fanatics here at CoS breathed a sigh of relief. Paul McCartney, Tom Petty… and one of the best middle-tiers ever seen by human eyes? They could have booked Mumford and Sons to play 14 sets that weekend and still would have earned Festival of the Year. All was right again in the world and in 2014, earth is still spinning properly on its axis.

I’m tired of talking about Kanye, but here’s the thing: he’s good. Damn good. His performance at Coachella is already something of legend and if you don’t think the guy is going to pour his entire heart into this Bonnaroo performance, you need to go and watch this performance. So they didn’t get OutKast… I don’t blame them. You’ll have 40 other chances to see Andre and Big Boi rattle through the same 25-song set. You get few chances to see a living legend at his or her prime.

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And that’s not even the best part of this year’s lineup. Ahem, Jack White. If you think for a second that Jack will hit the What Stage, play a 90-minute set, then hop into his Jeep Cherokee and roll back to Nashville, I have some MySpace stock to sell you. If I had to guess, Superjam “?” = Superjam “Jack White” and if that proves true, imagine the possibilities: The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Meg….. Ryan spoken word set.

Elton John and Lionel Richie? Two other living legends with live chops like few others. Our 2013 Live Act of the Year Phoenix HEADLINED Coachella last year; they’re listed seventh on Bonnaroo’s lineup. Damon Albarn — the man who brought us Blur and Gorillaz — will likely play Blur and Gorillaz songs. Arctic Monkeys? They seem to get bigger with each passing hour. The same can be said about Vampire Weekend. All in all, there are like nine worthy headliners on this year’s lineup.

Scroll further down the bill and you’ll see even more great gets, like Cut Copy, Chromeo, Janelle Monáe, CHVRCHES, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chance the Rapper, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mastodon, David Letterman’s latest favorite band Little Dragon, Sam Smith, Warpaint, Cloud Nothings, Darkside, First Aid Kit, Pusha T, one of my favorite bands from high school Bouncing Souls, Danny Brown, and Ty Segall to name a package. Of course, I would have been thrilled to catch a Foo Fighters late-night set, but Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will have to do. Boo hoo, right?

Wiz Khalifa and a few other hiccups aren’t enough to take away from what is otherwise an A+ bill. Last night, I said Bonnaroo is an early favorite to repeat as Festival of the Year in 2014 and 24 hours later, I stand by that opinion.

-Alex Young
CEO and Publisher

Click through the following pages to see our choices for Bonnaroo’s top highlights, surprises, omissions, and least interesting acts

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Bevo
February 22, 2014 at 3:49 am

I have been reading the blog comments to this post and it has been driving me crazy how negative everyone has been. Not because their opinion is wrong, but how they react to the article because they think it is wrong. So, I created a tool to make it more objective to rank this year’s festivals. Go to my blog to use the new 2014 Music Festival Calculator to determine which has the best lineup in your mind: http://wevebeentherebefore.blogspot.com/2014/02/2014-music-festival-calculator.html

concerned louisvillian
February 22, 2014 at 5:42 am

haha go to hell blogwhore

Anonymous
February 22, 2014 at 12:30 am

worst lineup in the history of Bonnaroo. so much hype for so big of a let down. anyone that is excited for this hasn’t been to Roo before 2012.

Lindsey
February 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I really like the way you put this! This year’s lineup has so much potential, and you’re right about OutKast, although I’m still bummed about it. However, Having Kanye is a huge deal because of his appearance at 2008′s Roo. You can’t ignore that. There’s going to be a lot of hecklers at his set, and even more people who won’t even show up. I’m afraid what some might do if he does the same thing as last time. People won’t stick around until sunrise waiting for him to make an appearance.

CL
February 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Capital Cities will absolutely change your mind. One of the best acts I’ve scene recently. Incredibly high energy, a huge dance party.

Anonymous
February 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

That picture makes the place look like hell. Never been, can you even see the stage without binoculars? Or x ray vision? (are those trees obstructing stage views?) I guess headliners don’t matter as much when you’re 5 miles off from the stage when they’re performing.

Anonymous
February 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Wow, some of these comments are almost as bad as Facebook. This is quite possibly my favorite Bonnaroo lineup ever. I’m so excited.

Abraham (@AbeVigoda10)
February 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Kanye is vastly overrated, it’s a shame that nobody has the guts to give an honest opinion about him. It seems like there is no middle ground between the “FUCK KANYE” crew and the “He’s a genius” devotees. He’s average. Completely average. He’s worked with some great producers which has resulted in some good beats. His lyrics are cringeworthy, and his flow is nothing new to hip hop. Is he horrible? No. Is he amazing? Nope. Just average. Which is why this is so disappointing. Headliners should be undeniably great. Instead he will be at 9pm on Friday, unopposed. Giving nobody any option to “just go to another stage”. He’s also unreliable to perform on time, thus is a threat to delay the entire late night Bonnaroo card. Phil Lesh fans are mad because he got cut off by 30 minutes because of Kanye, but what happens if Kanye decides to wait another 2 hours and 3 late night tents get delay/cancelled? He’s just not special enough to be worth the risk.

Anonymous
February 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

i think phil lesh’s set actually got cut by 2 hours. he originally had a 3-4 hour slot and kanye threw a shit fit and demanded to be the only person playing. this was after the first shit fit where he demanded a late night set for his glow in the dark show, which he had performed in every major city in the US. i don’t really care that much about phil lesh or his fans, but it’s pretty shitty to insist that anyone stop performing so you can be the only act on stage.

Anonymous
February 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I have to ask an honest question. Does anyone who hasn’t been to Bonnaroo, isn’t going this year and isn’t offended by the criticism of their beloved “farm” lineup… Think this lineup is good compared to other years? When you take 1/3 of the acts out of this lineup, does it stack up to a smaller festivals lineup in terms of bands you ACTUALLY want to see, not just those that are cool since you’re going anyway? Just curious.

Simon Krauss
February 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Also, gotta disagree with the Capital Cities vs. Lumineers discussion. Lumineers were pretty high on the lineup and pretty low-tempo. I expect that Capital Cities will put on a pretty good show and I’d be surprised if they were anything more than a tent closer

Simon Krauss
February 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

There are only two appropriate responses when a Bonnaroo lineup gets announced:

1. “Wow, this lineup is incredible! I can’t wait to be on the Farm!”

2. “Hmmm….I don’t know/don’t like some of these bands. This means I get to discover some great new bands and have a great weekend on the Farm!”

Anything other than these two responses just seems self-serving and annoying. Kanye won’t ruin the festival just like Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, GWAR, “any headliner that isn’t Phish or Widespread Panic”, that Van Halen cover band, or “any headliner that isn’t Arcade Fire or Daft Punk” ruined the festival previously.

Austin Silver
February 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

how anout the third? Those who call it the “Farm” and mean it, should be spayed or neutered immediately…

Anonymous
February 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

People that display their full name and a Playboy logo proudly should not be around young children.

Eski
February 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Excellently written! Incredibly impressed with the lineup they put together. This year’s Bonnaroo will be epic.

Juan
February 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm

You have to be the biggest idiot in the world. Kanye legendary? Bahahahaha and Outkast alright. Go fuck yourself, it’s you that is destroying real hip hop. Fuck you

Anonymous
February 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

“When Coachella scored Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, and Pavement in 2010, Bonnaroo answered with Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, and Tenacious D” That’s a misrepresentation of the 2010 headliners. Jay-Z was one of the headliners with DMB and KoL, not Tenacious D. Jay-Z was one of the biggest acts of that year after releasing Blueprint 3 and you’ve completely disregarded his presence when he was the biggest of the three headliners (not to mention Stevie Wonder’s set right before Jay-Z!).

Also it’s foolish to think people shouldn’t be disappointed that OutKast isn’t performing. You’re talking about the most successful and well known rappers from the south and bonnaroo failed to book them. This year is a great lineup for sure, but you can’t simply excuse OutKast’s absence by saying “You’ll have 40 other chances to see Andre and Big Boi rattle through the same 25-song set”. Didn’t people have the opportunity to see Kanye 30+ times on his Yeezus tour? You’re missing the point that OutKast hasn’t toured in years and bonnaroo failed to book them. Like I said, I agree it’s a great lineup, but your reasoning here is lacking.

Anonymous
February 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

It’s Ok, you named this festival of the year… last year. Must you parade your biased opinion this year too support last years choice? You are on glue if you think this steaming pile of last years festival circuit is an elite lineup based on the amount of money spent on this many acts to fill a poster. If anyone went to a festival anywhere last year they caught Vampire Weekend and Pheonix. Them touring those albums is old news, and I’ve seen both shows… don’t know how that is your album and live performer of the year… extremely, completely and without a doubt.. AVERAGE. Stop using this website to convey your personal and severely tainted opinion, start giving us the goddam facts.

Betsy
February 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

The ignorance on these comments are mindblowing. If you don’t like the lineup, don’t go. It’s that simple.

Anonymous
February 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

So for 2010 you mention KOL and Tenacious D as headliners….did you forget Stevie Wonder and Jay-z were there?

Jay
February 21, 2014 at 9:52 am

Kanye ??? That asshole can suck it ! I’m not going to the farm this year… Last year was amazing. This year’s line-up has no headliners….Elton ??? Ugh!

bry (@areyounormal)
February 21, 2014 at 8:38 am

i highly doubt damon albarn will play blur or gorillaz songs.

not an exciting bill at all. this really is a dreadful festival season.

PJ
February 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

Fuck Kayne. And why is Cage the Elephant so far down on the bill? They should be 3rd or 4th row, not 9th. Although this does speak volumes about how deep the lineup is.

Clint
February 21, 2014 at 7:28 am

Atrocious line up for bonnaroo standards, smaller festivals that are half the price are making it look like ameture you’re at the roo, what’s going on with the staff? And the Kanye thing seems to be taking just telling your patrons that you hate the, and think they’re stupid.

mitchell
February 21, 2014 at 6:45 am

you forgot to mention “skrillex superjam”….wtf?

Sean Kaufman
February 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

Speak for yourself about Jake Bugg. I’ve seen him twice and can’t wait to see him again on the farm!

concerned louisvillian
February 21, 2014 at 2:07 am

who said anything about jake bugg? in fact who ever does? in fact who’s ever even heard of him

Matt Maltbie
February 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Minus a big retro act that is still relevant (i.e. Elton John, Lionel Richie) and the very cool Superjams this lineup is about the same caliber as Governors Ball. Definitely the best lineup so far this festival season but not head and shoulders ahead.

Tina Hedgecoth Wheeler
February 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

line up is awful I’m not going this year and I’m sad cause i love it I’ve been 6 times

Anonymous
February 20, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Every year Bonnaroo is an early favorite for festival of the year. Seriously the most biased piece of crap I’ve read from you. How mush is Bonnaroo paying you to promote their crap?

Anonymous
February 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Respectfully disagree.

Ohhackked
February 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

Haha i was wondering the same thing….”It’s our Glastonbury” ??? HAHAHA. That convinced me that there needs to be some sort of disclosure about how these people are connected to Bonnaroo or the company that runs Bonnaroo.

“You’ll have 40 other chances to see Andre and Big Boi rattle through the same 25-song set. You get few chances to see a living legend at his or her prime.” —- Yeah, cause Kanye hasn’t been touring or anything….I’m seeing him the week prior at the X Games Austin. He’s been performing all over as well so that point is terribly moot.

“Phoenix HEADLINED Coachella last year; they’re listed seventh on Bonnaroo’s lineup” —- Would that mean that Coachella was more forward thinking than Bonnaroo? They had them first (which is a recurring theme if you look). Several other festivals have had Phoenix as a sub headliner.

Just rename your little blog to “Bonnaroo” and be done with it.

Anonymous
February 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Alex, you absolutely blew my mind with the Superjam Jack and Meg talk. How about we put the hate aside and have a Jack White/Dan Auerbach Superjam??? No one is talking about the Avett Brothers as a get here. They’re gonna kill it in front of a Bonnaroo crowd. Check out my review @ http://wevebeentherebefore.blogspot.com

bebop210
February 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

LOL only if Karen Elson get’s to sing… which means a restraining order has to get cancelled lol

Anonymous
February 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm

The Avetts are a little “been there, done that” by this point.

Austin Silver
February 20, 2014 at 9:05 pm

lol the cracks are forming.. so defensive about a little no talent has been like Kanye west…

Anonymous
February 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

How do you not mention Umphrey’s and TTB? Umprey’s played the best set of 2012 and will probably do it again. They are untouchable live!

Anonymous
February 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

It sucked yesterday and it still sucks today. There, I hope that clears things up.
F you kunt-ya west

Anonymous
February 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

“…but Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will have to do.” That hurt me…