Exclusive Features
Anniversaries, Cover Stories, Editorials,
Interviews, Lists, and Comprehensive Rankings

Bonnaroo’s 2017 Lineup: One Day Later

on January 11, 2017, 3:00pm
view all
Next

The Good

U2

U2 // Photo by Philip Cosores

Photo by Philip Cosores

Booking U2 is one of the biggest coups of the year for any North American music festival. Bono and co. have been storming through stadiums and arenas for the last two decades, so seeing them “slum it” on The Farm is the type of rare opportunity that brings us back to the glory days of the music festival, back when headliners were unique and the actual experience would be unparalleled. What’s more, it’s a big catch for Bonnaroo as the Irish rockers have been rumored for Coachella multiple times over the years. However, unlike Coachella, whose booking of Beyoncé is a similar if not greater coup, Bonnaroo didn’t exactly design a lineup to support their newly mounted white whale. They’re kind of just … there. –Michael Roffman

__________________________________________________________

Superjam

Bluegrass Situation Superjam feat. Ed Helms & Friends // Photo by David Brendan Hall

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Well, at least there’s always the SuperJam. It’s almost unfair to call this one of the standouts, as it’s always an expected part of any ‘Roo. But it’s also a highly anticipated part, so give it some credit. Even a lackluster set like last year’s can turn in memorable performances from its ever-rotating slew of surprise guests. At this point, imagining who might be involved or what the theme might be (if there even is one) is pure guess work. Bono might step in to sing “Walk This Way” with Chance the Rapper backed by Big Gigantic and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band while Future Island’s Gerrit Welmers plays synth, Royal Blood’s Ben Thatcher pounds drums, and Flea slaps bass. Unlikely? Sure — but completely possible at the SuperJam. Things like this are why Bonnaroo will never die. –Ben Kaye

__________________________________________________________

The Weeknd

The Weeknd // Photo by David Brendan Hall

Photo by David Brendan Hall

It’s been a couple years since The Weeknd closed out Saturday night at Coachella, even though, technically, Jack White was the headliner that day. The set that the Toronto pop sensation brought to the Polo Fields was a statement that he was ready for the top of the posters, and it’s no surprise that’s exactly where he wound up. For Bonnaroo, they booked the guy as he sets out on his biggest tour, supporting his biggest album, and, so far, they’re the only US festival to do it. Bottom line: It’s good get an artist in their prime, especially when no one else is. –Philip Cosores

__________________________________________________________

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper // Photo by Ben Kaye

Photo by Ben Kaye

Yes, Chance the Rapper will be everywhere in 2017, but it’s Chance the Rapper, and headlining Bonnaroo is radically different than headlining, say, Governors Ball. Both are honorable feats, sure, but there’s a certain prestige that comes with topping one of America’s most enduring festivals, and it’s the type of feat that Lil Chano will most certainly stick at the top of his resume. Let’s also not forget that Manchester, Tennessee, is hardly a stone’s throw away from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, where he’s already headlined Pitchfork Music Festival. In other words, we expect to see him headlining Lollapalooza, but Bonnaroo? That’s a tougher hurdle to leap and one that will be a joy to watch. As he might say, “No problem.” –Michael Roffman

__________________________________________________________

view all
Next
17 comments