The time has come for our favorite festival announcement of the year. If you’ve been following us for a while, I’m sure you’ve heard us gush over the glories of the Bonnaroo music festival on more than one occasion. If you are new to LxL and continue to follow us, I promise this won’t be the last you hear of it either. Today the full lineup was finally released. Rumors of Paul McCartney and and Wu-Tang Clan came true, while others such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s fell short. One thing that I have found with music festivals is that each year the immediate reaction to an actual lineup announcement seems to be increasingly less exciting than the anticipation and wonderment of who will be there. Not that I am not excited about this year’s lineup, because I am, but I think that everyone’s expectations always seem greater than what they should be. This is mostly due to rumor-mills, fake posters, and people’s assumptions based on who is touring at the time, who is coming out with and album this summer, or who recently had just toured. All that to say, there certainly exists some major disappointments such as the lack of Jack White (again), no Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and no sight of Thom Yorke’s new collaboration Atoms for Peace.
Regardless, here we have it. A mix’n'match of hot new indie artists, some interesting solo/duo combinations, a few rarities, and some classic big guns. Let’s break this lineup down in a Bonnaroo 2013 pre-cap:
-Reasons to Go-
Despite his recent attempt to join a the infamous 90′s grunge band Nirvana, he still is an end-all, be-all legend of music. Between his classic tunes, and some of his better solo work, this is bound to be a crowd pleaser for sure. As long as he gives us no Kisses on the Bottom.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
You may think Tom Petty is nothing exciting, but put him in a festival scene will thousands of people that know every word to most of his songs, have a few brews, and try not to have a good time.
- Reasons to Stay -
Both individually could land quite a high spot on any regular lineup. To anyone’s knowledge this could be the last time you ever get to see their wonderful collaboration live, and for that Bonnaroo, we say thank you.
More than likely, this will be the best sounding show at Bonnaroo. Full of energy and new material from last year, these guys are sure to satisfy.
- Reasons to Arouse Your Curious Cat -
I’m very interested in finding out which cults they belong too. Scientology, Movementarians, Quakers? Myself? I was born a snake handler and I’ll die a snake handler.
Father John Misty
I’ve watched enough live videos of this onstage weirdo to know that I am going to love his live show. I’m really just wondering if/hoping that Aubrey Plaza will be in attendance.
After a surprisingly good/weird two comeback albums, I think it’d prove very interesting to see these guys play live.
I’m sure he will sound good, I’m more or less just curious to see if he will defecate on anyone.
- Reasons to Hang Out in the Beer Tent or Silent Disco Instead -
As I said in my Lolla pre-cap from last year, I am fan of PP on MP3, but when you get this guy live onstage he stinks like a skunk. Not only does he not even come close to replicating his own voice (realistically, how could you), but his backing band appears to be having less fun the audience that is listening to Michael attempt to sing. Maybe over the years he has gained some confidence in his voice. For the attendees sake, I hope so.
Yea, yea, yea, I’ve heard all the claims for these guys being one of the best bands around right now. To me they are just lesser copies of better bands. If you are going to go the maximalist rock route, bring in more than two people.
“But Wilco is the best band of our generation, blah blah blah” Give me a break. Wilco at a music festival seems like the equivalent of nap time at an amusement park. I’ve never seen them live, and I doubt that changes my view on them, but we will see.
- Reasons to Get Folked Up -
These guys might end up being as (if not more) repetitious as Mumford and Sons, but for now, I am still focused on the silver lining. (Anyone?)
- Reasons to Get a Lil Gangsta -
Nas is one of the more knowledgable music minds in hip hop. I cannot wait to see how that translates onstage.
Usually I don’t associate acts like A$AP into being prime live attractions. That was until I saw his performance on David Letterman.
- Reasons to Laugh -
I still have never been to a comedy show at Bonnaroo after being there 4 times … that may change this year.
- Reasons to Love Bonnaroo -
Unarguably the greatest set times in the modern music festival scene belong to Bonnaroo. Most acts you see last at least an hour or more. Some have to potential to last up to three.
Unlike Coachella, you don’t have any rich pre-teen daddy’s girls being dropped off for the day from LA. Bonnaroo is a full on commitment and one that is generally only made by serious lovers of music and fun. I like music, and I certainly also like fun.
Overall, it seems like it should be a very enjoyable year. Of course, bands I neglected to mention like Mumford and Sons still exist to muddy up the schedule a bit. Luckily there are still a few more surprises such as Cat Power to make up for it though as well. Thanks for reading, and hope to see you at Roo!