Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup


List of confirmed, rumored and expected acts

Bonnaroo 2014 Headliners

It will be tough to beat last year’s lineup, the headliners for Bonnaroo 2013 were Paul McCartney, Jack Johnson and Tom Petty & The Hearthbreakers (how can you top a Beatle?). But there are several legends in the running for Bonnaroo’s 2014 headliners:

Bonnaroo fans rejoiced when the Coachella Lineup was announced on January 7th with a reunited OutKast as Friday night’s headliner.

Although Coachella and Bonnaroo typically do not share headliners, OutKast’s confirmation to play 40 music festivals in the spring and summer makes them a likely headliner. The Atlanta-based duo of André 3000 and Big Boi will be in New York the weekend before Bonnaroo for a headlining gig at the Governors Ball Music Festival, so a trip down to Tennessee afterwards is expected.

Elton John

Sir Elton is in the midst of a world tour and comes stateside on March 13th for a show in Dallas, Texas. From there, he plays a few shows in Louisiana before taking a month-long residency at the Colosseum at Ceasars Palace in Vegas, which ends on April 26th.

Elton’s next show after Vegas is scheduled for June 21st in the UK, meaning he has a  gap that seemingly accommodates a Bonnaroo appearance for June 12 – June 15. Another rumor circulating is that Billy Joel will join Elton on stage (they played a few shows together in 2004) and Billy Joel’s tour dates make this rumor that much more possible!

Elton John has never played at Bonnaroo (or Coachella, or Lollapalooza, or Outside Lands) but this could be his year. Let’s hope it is!


Like Elton John, Prince has been on the wish-list of Bonnaroo fans year-after-year but has never made an appearance. But it looks like the stars are aligning for 2014.

Prince is assembling a band and creating a show for his headline appearance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans in early July, which would mean the same band could be made ready for Bonnaroo only a few weeks earlier.

Prince has played festivals before, he was crowd favorite at Coachella 2008. Will we be seeing him on What Stage this year?


Expected to play Bonnaroo 2014

Cage The Elephant

Cage The Elephant

Cage the Elephant

Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant played Bonnaroo in 2009 and are currently touring the country promoting their new album “Melophobia.” Their confirmed appearances at Coachella and Firefly means that a spot Bonnaroo 2014 lineup is probable.

Need even more evidence? Cage the Elephant drummer Jared Champion hinted at playing Bonnaroo.


Sleigh Bells


The Brooklyn-based duo are on a heavy tour schedule this spring/summer promoting their third studio album “Bitter Rivals.”

As far as the festival circuit goes, Sleigh Bells are scheduled to play Coachella, Firefly and the Governors Ball. All signs point to Bonnaroo 2014.


Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds


On January 16th Bonnaroo released their 4th lineup clue on their Instagram account. The picture shows a red and blue birthday hat on a tiled floor.

Could this be a reference to “The Birthday Party”, the band that brought Australian rocker Nick Cave into the limelight in the 1970s?

Nick Cave would be a great addition to the Bonnaroo lineup, and he’s never played the festival before! The Bonnaroo forum community seems to believe he will be there despite the face that he’s absent from the lineup for Firefly or the Governor’s Ball.

Bonnaroo 2014: Full Lineup Prediction

Acts in Bold are strongly expected to play

  • A$AP Ferg
  • Adventure Club
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Aloe Blacc
  • Aluna George – Source
  • Andrew Bird
  • Arctic Monkeys – Source
  • Atlas Genius
  • Austra
  • Avett Brothers
  • Band of Horses – Source
  • Bassnectar – Source
  • Beady Eye
  • Beck – Source
  • Ben Folds – Source
  • Big Gigantic
  • Billy Joel – Source
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Blondie
  • Blood Orange
  • Bob Weir & Ratdog
  • Break Science – Source
  • Broken Bells
  • Bronze Radio Return
  • Cage the Elephant – Source
  • Caitlin Rose
  • Capital Cities
  • Chance the Rapper – Source
  • Chic w/Nile Rodgers
  • Childish Gambino – Source
  • Chromeo
  • CHVRCHES – Source
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Cut Copy
  • Damien Jurado
  • Damon Albarn – Source
  • Danny Brown – Source
  • Daughter
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Dawes
  • Dead Weather
  • Deafheaven – Source
  • Deer Tick
  • Deerhunter
  • Deltron 3030
  • Diarrhea Planet
  • Die Antwoord
  • Dillon Francis
  • Disclosure – Source
  • Dr. Dog
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Elton John – Source
  • Eric Church
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Fishbone
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Flume
  • Flying Lotus

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  • Foo Fighters
  • Foster the People – Source
  • Four Tet
  • Foxygen
  • Frank Ocean
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • fuck Buttons
  • fun.
  • Gary Clark Jr
  • Gaslight Anthem
  • Girl Talk – Source
  • Glitch Mob – Source
  • GMT
  • Goldfrapp
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Grimes
  • Griswolds
  • Grouplove
  • HAIM
  • Half Moon Run
  • Head and the Heart
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Interpol – Source
  • J. Roddy Watson & The business
  • Jack White
  • Jagwar Ma
  • James Blake – Source
  • James V McMorrow
  • Jamestown Revival
  • Janelle Monae – Source
  • Jason Isbell
  • Jenny Lewis – Source
  • Jessie Ware
  • John Butler Trio – Source
  • Jonathan Wilson
  • Josh Ritter
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Source
  • Kanye West – Source
  • Kid Cudi
  • Kurt Vile – Source
  • Lakeside Drive – Source
  • Lana Del Ray
  • La Roux – Source
  • Leagues
  • Lettuce
  • London Grammar – Source
  • Lorde

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  • Mac Demarco
  • Martin Garrix
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Mikal Cronin
  • MMJ
  • Modest Mouse
  • Mogwai
  • Moon Taxi
  • Motorhead
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Neko Case – Source
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Source
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Okkervil River
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Omar Souleyman
  • Outkast
  • Papadosio
  • Patty Griffin
  • Paul Simon
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • Phantogram – Source
  • Pharrell
  • Phish
  • Phoenix – Source
  • Prince
  • Pusha T
  • Real Estate

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  • Robert Delong
  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band
  • Savages
  • Schoolboy Q
  • Shlohmo
  • Shovels and Rope – Source
  • Sky Ferreira – Source
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Sleigh Bells – Source
  • Speedy Ortiz
  • Spoon – Source
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
  • Tall Tall Trees
  • Teagan and Sara – Source
  • The Cult
  • The Flaming Lips – Source
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • the Glitch Mob
  • The Head and The Heart – Source
  • The Hold Steady
  • The Internet
  • The Knife
  • The Kopecky Family Band
  • The Men
  • The Naked & Famous – Source
  • The Neighbourhood – Source
  • The Nauts
  • The Revivalist
  • The Shins
  • The Strokes
  • The Wild Feather
  • Thoa and the Get Down Stay Down – Source
  • Those Darlins
  • TOOL
  • Toro y Moi
  • Treetop Flyers
  • Trombone Shorty
  • TV on the Radio
  • Vampire Weekend  – Source

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  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Ty Segall
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Umphrey’s McGee – Source
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Washed Out
  • Wick-it The Instigator
  • Widespread Panic
  • Wild Child
  • Willy Moon
  • Wiz Khalifa – Source
  • Wye Oak
  • Yonder mountain string band
  • Young the Giant – Source
  • Zed’s Dead
  • Zedd


Artists Not on Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup

Of course, not every artist can play Bonnaroo. Here is a list of artists that have conflicts during Bonnaroo weekend:

  • Arcade Fire – Playing the Northside Festival in Denmark
  • Black Sabbath – In Europe
  • Franz Ferdinand – Also at Northside
  • The National – Northside Festival in Denmark
  • Pearl Jam – Europe
  • Kings of Leon –  Europe
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Also in Europe


Inforoo forum Lineup Pool

The fans have spoken! There is a lineup pool over on the Inforoo boards and 24 forum members each submitted 25  artists they think will be at the 2014 Bonnaroo. Here are the artists that tallied the most votes:

  • Disclosure (22)
  • Cage the Elephant (18)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (18)
  • Bassnectar (16)
  • Robert Delong (14)
  • Andrew Bird (13)
  • Vampire Weekend (13)
  • Elton John (12)
  • Lorde (12)
  • Chance the Rapper (11)
  • Chromeo (11)
  • The Flaming Lips (11)
  • Arctic Monkeys (10)
  • Break Science (10)
  • Lady Gaga (10)
  • MGMT (10)
  • Neutral Milk Hotel (10)
  • Umphrey’s McGee (10)
  • Beck (9)
  • Prince (9)
  • Glitch Mob (8)
  • Washed Out (8)
  • Foo Fighters (7)
  • My Morning Jacket (7)
  • Outkast (7)
  • Widespread Panic (7)
  • CHVRCHES (6)
  • Kaiser Chiefs (6)
  • Broken Bells (5)
  • Dr. Dog (5)
  • Jack White (5)
  • Run the Jewels (5)
  • Capital Cities (4)
  • Dave Matthews Band (4)
  • Eric Clapton (4)
  • Foxygen (4)
  • Grimes (4)
  • Neko Case (4)
  • STS9 (4)
  • The Revivalist (4)
  • Alabama Shakes (3)
  • Grouplove (3)
  • Jagwar Ma (3)
  • John Butler Trio (3)
  • Kid Cudi (3)
  • Muse (3)
  • Pearl Jam (3)
  • Pharrell (3)
  • Schoolboy Q (3)
  • St Vincent (3)
  • The Black Keys (3)
  • The Head and The Heart (3)
  • The Knife (3)
  • The Men (3)
  • TOOL (3)
  • A$ap Ferg (2)
  • Beady Eye (2)
  • Big Gigantic (2)
  • Cloud Nothings (2)
  • Cut Copy (2)
  • Danny Brown (2)
  • Drake (2)
  • Fleetwood Mac (2)
  • Foster the People (2)
  • Frank Ocean (2)
  • Gaslight Anthem (2)
  • Gaslight Anthem (2)
  • Kaiser Chiefs (2)
  • Lana Del Ray (2)
  • Lana Del Ray (2)
  • Mogwai (2)
  • Mogwai (2)
  • Moon Taxi (2)
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse (2)
  • Phoenix (2)
  • Rhye (2)
  • Sleater-Kinney (2)
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (2)
  • STRFKR (2)
  • the Glitch Mob (2)
  • Thee Oh Sees (2)
  • Twenty One Pilots (2)
  • Tyler, The Creator (2)
  • Adventure Club (1)
  • Aloe Blacc (1)
  • Arcade Fire (1)
  • Atlas Genius (1)
  • Austra (1)
  • Avett Brothers (1)
  • Avicii (1)
  • Bassnectar  (1)
  • Billy Joel (1)
  • Blackberry Smoke (1)
  • Blondie (1)
  • Blood Orange (1)
  • Bob Weir & Ratdog (1)
  • Bronze Radio Return (1)
  • Calvin Harris (1)
  • Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in the comedy tent) (1)
  • Chic w/Nile Rodgers (1)
  • Childish Gambino (1)
  • Damien Jurado (1)
  • Damon Albarn (1)
  • Darkside (1)
  • Daughter (1)
  • Dawes (1)
  • Dead Weather (1)
  • Deafheaven (1)
  • Death Cab for Cutie (1)
  • Deerhunter (1)
  • Deltron 3030 (1)
  • Diarrhea Planet (1)
  • Dillon Francis (1)
  • Drive-By Truckers (1)
  • Duo de Twang (Les Claypool) (1)
  • Earl Sweatshirt (1)
  • Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (1)
  • El-P & Killer Mike (1)
  • Ellie Goulding (1)
  • Elvis Costello (1)
  • Eric Church (1)
  • Explosions in the Sky (1)
  • Fatboy Slim (1)
  • Fishbone (1)
  • Fitz and the Tantrums (1)
  • Fleet Foxes (1)
  • Florence and the Machine (1)
  • Flume (1)
  • Flying Lotus (1)
  • Four Tet (1)
  • Frightened Rabbit (1)
  • fun. (1)
  • Gary Clark Jr (1)
  • Girl Talk (1)
  • GMT (1)
  • Goldfrapp (1)
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals  (1)
  • Griswolds (1)
  • HAIM (1)
  • Half Moon Run (1)
  • he Flaming Lips  (1)
  • Head and the Heart (1)
  • Heart (1)
  • Ice Cube  (1)
  • Imagine Dragons (1)
  • J Cole (1)
  • J. Roddy Watson & The business (1)
  • James Blake (1)
  • James V McMorrow (1)
  • Jamestown Revival (1)
  • Janelle Monae (1)
  • Jannele Monae (1)
  • Jason Isbell (1)
  • Jonathan Wilson (1)
  • Josh Ritter (1)
  • Justin Timberlake (1)
  • Kanye West (1)
  • Kasier Chiefs (1)
  • Kurt Vile (1)
  • Lauryn Hill (1)
  • Leagues (1)
  • Lettuce (1)
  • LOTUS (1)
  • Martin Garrix (1)
  • Melissa Etheridge (1)
  • Miike Snow (1)
  • Mikal Cronin (1)
  • MMJ  (1)
  • Modest Mouse (1)
  • Motorhead (1)
  • Mumford & Sons (1)
  • Neil Young (1)
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse (1)
  • Nile Rodgers (1)
  • Nine Inch Nails (1)
  • Okkervil River (1)
  • Old Crow Medicine Show (1)
  • Papadosio  (1)
  • Patty Griffin (1)
  • Paul Simon (1)
  • Peter Bjorn and John (1)
  • Phantogram (1)
  • Portugal. The Man (1)
  • Prince  (1)
  • Pusha T (1)
  • Real Estate (1)
  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band (1)
  • Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) (1)
  • Savages (1)
  • Shovels and Rope (1)
  • Sigur Ros (1)
  • Sky Ferreira (1)
  • Sleigh Bells (1)
  • Speedy Ortiz (1)
  • T.I. (1)
  • Tall Tall Trees (1)
  • Tennis (1)
  • The 1975 (1)
  • The Allman Brothers Band (1)
  • The Avett Brothers (1)
  • The Black Cadaliacs (1)
  • the Cult (1)
  • The Gaslight Anthem (1)
  • The Hold Steady (1)
  • The Kopecky Family Band (1)
  • The Naked & Famous (1)
  • The Nauts (1)
  • The Shins (1)
  • The Strokes (1)
  • The Weeknd (1)
  • The Wild Feather (1)
  • Those Darlins (1)
  • Treetop Flyers (1)
  • Trombone Shorty (1)
  • TV on the Radio (1)
  • Ty Segall (1)
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra (1)
  • Warpaint (1)
  • Washed Out  (1)
  • Wick-it The Instigator (1)
  • Wye Oak (1)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs (1)
  • Yonder Mountain String Band (1)
  • Zed’s Dead (1)
  • Zedd  (1)



It is (almost) Pure Joy @ Bonnaroo 2013

For one weekend each year, Manchester, Tennessee becomes the musical capital of the United States  thanks to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Before the music royalty moved in, a warm-up like no other took place on Thursday night. Bonnaroo’s 2013 headliners include greats from rock music history, but Thursday was a celebration of artists – not necessarily new ones – making their mark in the present. Every band was allotted one hour for their set, making for a frenetic schedule of non-stop stage-hopping. It did serve to bring the festival to dizzying life, however, and created a level playing field for a showdown between acts longing to prove themselves.

Looking at the lineup of Bonnaroo over the past few years, it seems as if the organizers booked their roster by throwing everything at the wall and seeing what stuck. Well, this year, everything stuck. On the top two lines of the bill, there’s a Beatle, an Icelandic electronic music goddess, the guy who made Trapped in the Closet, hip-hop’s most infamously disconnected group actually getting their shit together, an EDM titan, two AAA indie rock groups, enough acoustic guitars to make an electronic music devotee keel over, and Tom Petty.

And that’s just the top two lines.

Bonnaroo has always been kind of a hodgepodge, but that’s what makes it stand out from every other festival. (It also has no noise curfew, which always leads to some very interesting late night developments.) There’s no telling what exactly is going to happen (see: Jónsi continuing playing despite breaking a string on the first song of Sigur Rós’ 2008 set, My Morning Jacket’s now-legendary 4+ hour set, any number of the bands who have played into sunrise), but the surprises are half the fun. Whatever happens this weekend at What, Which, This, That, and The Other (Bonnaroo’s oh-so-cleverly named stages), it all starts here:

Aside from seeing a handful of big-ticket bands on the (relative) cheap,  meeting tourists in the campgrounds, and paying way too much for a slice of pizza, one of the best things (well, maybe not the last one) about music festivals is walking around and discovering new bands. Most festivals put all of their buzz bands on during the early afternoon; Bonnaroo does that too, but also dedicates a whole, headliner-free extra day to (relatively) up-and-coming artists playing in the Farm’s three tents. Sure, there are some kinda big acts here – Father John Misty, Killer Mike, Japandroids – but for those who don’t follow music blogs or listen to awesome radio stations, it’s a day of introductions.

BONNAROO 2013 –   Thursday Highlights


JD McPherson – 6:30 – There were other bands that played before him, but for many, JD McPherson and his band was the start of the weekend. Aside from having the best slicked-back hair of any band all weekend (they must have been taking advantage of all of the Garnier Fructis promotions at the Farm), the Oklahoma rock and roller and his band were tighter and more experienced than a lot of the day’s groups, which made him a perfect choice for his evening timeslot. “Firebug” drew the biggest cheers, but the whole set – which was occasionally co-led by bassist Jimmy Sutton – had the Farm movin’ and shakin’ to the weekend’s first great set.


Ariel Pink – 7:00 – Watching Ariel Pink do his thing onstage as the Tennessee sun sets isn’t most people would expect to see, but it happened on Thursday evening. Although a lot of people were put off by Pink’s relatively challenging performance, but his performance was strangely mesmerizing to the faithful and a few curious passersby. If the goal of only putting lesser-known acts on today was to help them gain traction, Ariel Pink failed miserably. But if his goal was to put on one hell of a unique show at a festival where R. Kelly will play right after  Jack Johnson, he was already one of the weekend’s highlights.


HAIM – 7:30 – The Los Angeles sister trio probably had the least amount of available recorded music of any band on Thursday’s bill, but that didn’t stop Danielle, Este, and Alana Haim (and drummer Dash Hutton) from using their full timeslot. After two songs, the band decided to “just jam out”, which would have been an issue if the band wasn’t so locked-in with each other. Quite possibly the best rehearsed band on Thursday, each sister took turns showing off her vocal and instrumental chops, while also showing off their fraternal chops with some friendly (and, occasionally, hilariously vulgar) stage banter. The band also brought a child on stage, who sported large yellow headphones, to serenade him and tell him they wanted to be his mommy. Hopefully, by the time their debut album drops in the fall though, they’re not going to have to rely on jamming and chitchat much longer.


Django Django – 9:00 – Even though Purity Ring’s hiccupy, seizure-inducing light show is one tent over, Django Django are bringing just as much intensity, and converting more people. It was great to see people who hadn’t heard of the band five minutes before walking over throw down to “Hail Bop”, “WOR”, and “Life’s A Beach”, especially since the band has never played anywhere near Tennessee. “I think we’re going somewhere, Bonnaroo,” said Vincent Neff right before “Cairo”. Neff’s “we” meant the band and the audience, but it would be hard to disagree with him if he was just talking about the band.


Japandroids – 10:00 – Every festival has its share of bands who fall prey to sound issues, and unfortunately, Japandroids were that band on Thursday night. (They also struggled with sound issues at Sasquatch.) It’s doubtful that they cared though, because they wasted no time tearing through most of Celebration Rock to a fervent crowd who shouted every word back at a volume nearly as loud as Brian King’s voice. The lack of a good sound mix definitely hurt the set, but it was more than a little inspiring to see the audience go wild regardless.


Father John Misty – 10:30 – “Hello ‘Banaru.’ How do you feel about being asked how you’re doing once an hour for the last five days?” A little over a year after hitting the road behind Fear Fun, Father John Misty has become a top-notch live performer. Even though he’s toured basically nonstop for the last year, he didn’t seem weary at all on Thursday night, sashaying and jumping around onstage while his band pulled out song after song from Fear Fun and nailed it. “Only Son of the Ladiesman” and “I’m Writing A Novel” were early set peaks, but “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” – probably his biggest song – isn’t just a small indie crossover hit now, it’s an anthem, and it’s Tillman’s rock star moment. When he dropped the mic and silently walked offstage at the song’s conclusion, it was impossible not to see him doing this on a bigger stage in the near future.


Alt-J – 11:30 – There’s no way of telling how many people were at Bonnaroo that night, but it was very possible that every last one of them was at Alt-J’s set. Just like their stage-clogging performance at Sasquatch, the crowd is massive, but the sound in This Tent was vastly improved from Japandroids’ set, so the size of the audience wasn’t an issue. The band barely have enough material to fill an hour, but they kept light on banter and time-fillers nonetheless, serving out An Awesome Wave in strong, muscular slices. They’ll need some more material before they return, but for now, the band did just about everything they could right on Thursday night.


Allen Stone – 12:00 – When Allen Stone played Capitol Hill Block Party last year, the crowd’s reaction was borderline rapturous, and despite going against the last half of Alt-J’s set and playing without a home court advantage, the Seattle singer got the same audience response. Stone’s greatest strength as a performer is that he knows how to work a crowd; he knows when to get them to cheer, to jump, to scream, and knows how to make them do it even when he isn’t asking for it, which is a skill that most of the night’s other artists couldn’t have managed.

Andrew Duhon

Andrew Duhon played a set of tunes from his excellent new album, The Moorings in front of a lounging café crowd. Duhon was backed by pedal steel and upright bass, flexing his country bonafides, but it was the fingerpicked, Ryan Adams-esque songwriting that impressed the blissed-out audience, many of whom took in Duhon’s set from supine positions. Others swayed to Duhon’s harmonica and beardy intonation on highlights like “Gonna Take a Little Rain” and “Just Another Beautiful Girl”.

Check out Unruly Hearts playlist for Bonnaroo 2013

June 13 – 16 Manchester TN: Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup

We'll see you there!

We’ll see you there!

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2013 began on
Thursday, June 13
and ends on
Sunday, June 16

Lineup subject to change

Crazy Heart: A Q&A With Ryan Bingham

American Songwriter

Ryan Bingham has lived an itinerant life. Before becoming a professional musician, Bingham spent several years on the bull-riding circuit, a job that he says involves as much “bullshit” as the music biz. Today, the Texas-reared songwriter is best known for penning “The Weary Kind,” the Academy Award-winning song for the 2009 film Crazy Heart.

We sat down with Bingham at Bonnaroo, where he treated us to a performance of “Bread & Water,” a cut off his first album Mescalito. During our interview, he talked about his development as an artist, the inspiration behind the “The Weary Kind,” and why the state of Texas produces a special kind of songwriter.