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Here’s a really great fake Bonnaroo lineup + the latest rumors

on February 12, 2014, 3:37pm

One week from today, Bonnaroo will reveal its 2014 lineup. Right on cue, a dedicated Bonnaroovian has whipped up a *fake* lineup poster, based around some of the current rumors.

fake bonnaroo lineup

To answer your first question, yes, Kanye West is rumored to headline Bonnaroo. The same Kanye West who famously alienated an entire music festival when he showed up 10 hours late to his 2008 performance. The current rumor of Kanye’s possible return comes from Bonnaro’s unofficial message board Inforoo and a user who has successfully predicted several headliners in the past.

Jack White also appears increasingly likely to play Bonnaroo in 2014, as he’s now booked for two other US festivals in the weeks prior. Plus, the Nashville native is long overdue for an appearance at the festival, as he last played back in 2010.

As for Elton John? Again, a rumor that came out of Inforoo, and based on the musician’s current tour schedule, it does add up.

The rest of this great, seemingly realistic lineup is based on information culled from various sources, everything from first-person artist confirmations (Andrew Bird, Cage the Elephant) to tour routing (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) to realistic guessing. For example, Phoenix is from France and is playing Governors Ball, chances are they’ll stick around a week and also play Bonnaroo. The same can be said about Vampire Weekend, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Broken Bells, Childish Gambino, Spoon, AlunaGeorge, and Jenny Lewis, who are all set to appear at Governors Ball. Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Girl Talk, and Tegan and Sara are playing Delaware’s Firefly Festival one week after Bonnaroo.

Bonnaroo itself has hinted at several acts through its series of Roo Clues, including Janelle Monáe, CHVRCHES, Washed Out, and The Naked and Famous.

Personally, I could see there being another big name at the top of the bill (maybe a late-night set from Foo Fighters or Beck), because Phoenix as the fourth billed act seems like kind of a stretch. Also, there’s nothing to indicate that M83 is ready to perform live again. And just personal bias, but how is Louis C.K. not billed higher than Kevin Hart?

Anyhow, read it, critique it, pray for it, feel free to discuss it in the comments below. And make sure to check back often to Festival Outlook over the next seven days as we’ll continue to offer updates on the latest lineup rumors and confirmations.


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Greg Rothstein
February 20, 2014 at 3:41 am

its pretty crazy how similar this is to the actual poster!

February 18, 2014 at 3:23 am

what about Outkast?

Noah Parker
February 16, 2014 at 8:51 am


February 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

What About Outkast? There doing 40 festival shows this year on a reunion tour and their playing Firefly the next week? Such close proximity

Brett Marks
February 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I would be really awesome if Foster of the People played Bonnaroo!! I can’t stop listening to their new single “Coming of Age”!!!


February 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I am planning to go to Bonnaroo this year for the fifth time and would be VERY disappointed by this top line. These would be maybe the worst headliners in Bonnaroo’s history depending how you feel about Widespread Panic. Phoenix is not a worthy headliner even for Thursday night. I was at the Kanye atrocity and would rather see Outkast. And Elton John is lame. My ideal headliners this year are: Rolling Stones, Outkast, Daft Punk and Black Keys. I know that isn’t realistic, but I am really hoping for Daft Punk and Outkast.

Hanna L.
February 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

Outkast HAS to be there, right? If they’re playing 40 or so festivals, they’re not missing ‘Roo.

February 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Outkast definitely won’t be at Roo this year. They are already scheduled to play at a fest over seas on the same weekend. Bummer

February 14, 2014 at 3:35 am

Outkast is in New York the week before, and Delaware the week after. They’re no travelling to europe in between that, since they’re going over there in July. That would be a pretty stupid travel schedule, lol.

February 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

with all due respect, even though this a fake lineup, i think more people have heard of kevin hart than louis ck…that is why i think he would be higher…kevin hart is in a few movies these days and more visible…didn’t say better or anything, just more known

February 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

kanye, elton john, frank ocean, darkside, disclosure and chance the rapper are all confirmed for bonnaroo. dont worry about how i know.

Greg Rothstein
February 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm

but… how do you know?

February 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm

If Kanye West is headlining,COUNT ME OUT!!!! Any of the other predictions that have been bandied about, Prince,Neil Young,Foo Fighters,Elton John, Jack White, yeah I’m all in. Kanye HELL NO

February 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

anyone who thinks the knife is playing bonnaroo is a fucking idiot.

February 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I would hope for a bigger name at the top–Prince.

Michael Richard Baier
February 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

That would be a pretty dope lineup. I pray for M83 for sure. But, I completely agree with one thing…Kevin Hart should NOT be billed higher than Louis C.K.!


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