By Xan Gwaltney
Update February 9: Lineup Announced
Confirmed Acts Include: Jay-Z, Dave Matthews Band, The Flaming Lips, She & Him, Phoenix, The Black Keys, Tenacious D, Zac Brown Band, Damian Marley & Nas, and The Avett Brothers.
For the full lineup, visit the Bonnaroo Myspace page.
Original Article February 4
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — It’s February again, the time of year when students really start to feel bogged down by dismal weather and the rigors of academia. Many find themselves already looking forward to summer – the second weekend in June to be exact. That’s when the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival returns to Tennessee.
The name has become synonymous with summer fun since its inception in 2002. Each year since, it has showcased a wide variety of musical acts to the more than 75,000 that flock to Manchester, Tenn. for the mother of all four-day weekends. Some of the amenities included are an arcade, a cinema, a comedy club, and a “silent disco” where the not-easily-embarassed can dance along to music heard only in their headphones.
Carson O’Shoney, a junior from Franklin, Tenn. plans to be there for Bonnaroo 2010, as he has been for the last three. He calls it “the highlight of the year, every year.” Some of his fond memories from previous years include seeing The White Stripes, Metallica, Sigur Ros, and My Morning Jacket.
While this year’s lineup will not be officially announced until Feb. 9, the rumors have flown even more rapidly in the days leading up to the unveiling of the official lineup. Numerous websites and discussion boards are devoted to speculation on which big name artists will be entertaining the crowds. Among them is Inforoo.org, a site composed of discussion boards where fans can spread information and dispel theories. Radio personality DJ JD Farmhand has helped fans figure out some acts, and at the very least has fanned the flames of debate about who will be performing in Manchester June 10-13.
O’Shoney hopes to hear plenty of Pink Floyd this year, with abundant rumors indicating an appearance by band member Roger Waters performing their epic 1979 album “The Wall” in its entirety, and The Flaming Lips rumored to be performing Pink Floyd’s entire 1973 “Dark Side of the Moon” album.
He is also keeping his fingers crossed to catch former Beatle Paul McCartney and folk-rock legend Neil Young this year.
Kent Green, a junior from Memphis, attended in 2008, enjoying such diverse acts as Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Pearl Jam, Sigur Ros, and MGMT. This year, he plans to return to the festival and hopes to see hip-hop innovators Gorillaz and rap icon Jay-Z.
Festival creators and producers Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment will announce the official lineup February 9 on the official Bonnaroo website.