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Bonnaroo’s 2011 Lineup: 24 Hours Later

on February 16, 2011, 12:00pm
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Well, the second installment of the festival season’s Big Four unveiled its lineup yesterday. Like rabid eight-year-olds on Christmas Eve, we waited impatiently for it Monday night, tapping our feet and gritting our teeth much to the chagrin of our loved ones, who only wanted to watch The Bachelor and enjoy Valentine’s Day. Questions crawled across our minds, stinging us with anticipatory venom: Did they actually get Radiohead? How is Jack White going to be involved? What was Ashley Capps tweeting about on Saturday night? Did they actually get Radiohead? Nothing could ease the tension; not whiskey, not sex, not drugs, not re-runs of Seinfeld. But then, alas, Tuesday came… and so our worries came to a halt.

Or did they?

Depending on the type of music fanatic you may be (there are really only two: insane or slightly insane), you’ve either come to the conclusion that you love the lineup, or you just “like” it. Regardless, you’re going to attend, so don’t fool yourself; however, disappointment can still sour the soul. Impressions change, though, and usually colossal lineups such as these need some time to sink in. We did it for Coachella, and although we initially pegged it as a rehash of 2010’s Lollapalooza, we came to believe the folks at Goldenvoice put together a pretty, pretty…pretty good lineup. You did, too–that’s why it sold out.

So, what about Bonnaroo? Well, it’s 24 hours later, and we’re pretty convinced. Here’s what we concluded…

-Michael Roffman

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