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What We Learned from Bonnaroo’s Reddit AMA

on March 04, 2015, 9:40pm

This evening, Bonnaroo co-founders Jonathan Mayers and Kerry Black held a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), They answered questions about this year’s lineup, including which acts got away, changes to the festival site, and dream headliners.

Among the things we learned:

— Video screens have been added outside This, That, and Other Tents.

In addition to Grateful Dead, Prince was one of the acts invited to headline this year’s festival, but ultimately declined.

— Yes, Bonnaroo has asked Jack White to host a Superjam: “Whenever Jack is ready! We have discussed before of course and hope it will happen one day.”

Regarding additions to this year’s lineup, “We’re done announcing headliners for 2015….but lots of great artists, comedians and attractions to still announce.”

— Mayers wasn’t too high on Kanye’s headlining performance at last year’s Bonnaroo. “uhmmmm, how do i answer this without getting in trouble?” he said of the set.

— Festival organizers decided to release the 2015 lineup early “because we were ready earlier than in years past….and psyched to get the information out.”

— One of Bonnaroo’s big initiatives is “to create more experiences in the campgrounds.”

— “The increasing number of festivals has created more competition for talent which increases talent fees,” hence the higher ticket prices.

— Bonnaroo has already begun working on 2016’s lineup. U2 is on the shortlist.