Bonnaroo’s Lineup Shows What Festivals Become in the Age of Spotify

With acts ranging from Deadmau5 and Mumford and Sons to Billy Joel and Slayer, the music fest seems to be suffering from multiple personality disorder.
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With acts ranging from Deadmau5 and Mumford and Sons to Billy Joel and Slayer, the music fest seems to be suffering from multiple personality disorder.
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If there was any debating the fact that today’s music scene is all over the place, the lineup for this year’s Bonnaroo Festival should settle the matter once and for all. Headlining the festival, which runs June 11 through 14th in Manchester, Tennessee, are Pinot-pickled piano man Billy Joel, pint-sized rap wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, earnest neo-folky Mumford & Sons, and rodent-headed EDM titan Deadmau5. There is something for everyone and – to flip it around – something for everyone to hate. 

The lineup shows how far afield the festival has wandered since its early days as a jam band oasis. Now, fans have a range of choice that simulates nothing so well as the experience of streaming music online. Attendees can stroll from stages dominated by indie darlings (Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, The War on Drugs, My Morning Jacket), hip hop faves (Run the Jewels, Childish Gambino, Shabazz Palaces, Dej Loaf), baby boomers (Robert Plant, Tears for Fear), METAL!!! (Slayer, Brown Sabbath (which is exactly what you think it is)), singer-songwriters (Sturgill Simpson, Strand of Oaks) and, yes, noodlers (SuperJam! Featuring Ed Helms!). By the end of the festival, Billy Joel will probably know who Kendrick Lamar is. It’s a sign of how far we’ve come and the very strange place we’re going.





Check out the full lineup for Bonnaroo 2015:





Billy Joel



Mumford & Sons



Deadmau5



Kendrick Lamar



Florence and The Machine



Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters



My Morning Jacket



Bassnectar



Alabama Shakes



Childish

Gambino



Flume



Hozier



Slayer



Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals



Belle and Sebastian



Spoon



The War On Drugs



STS9



Ben Folds



SuperJam

!



Atmosphere



Atomic Bomb! Who Is William

Onyeabor

?



Tears for Fears



Brandi

Carlile



Twenty|One|Pilots



The Bluegrass Situation



SuperJam

featuring Ed Helms & Special Guests



Flying Lotus



Earth Wind & Fire



Caribou



Gary Clark

Jr

.



SBTRKT



Punch Brothers



Medeski

,

Scofield

, Martin & Wood



Tove

Lo



Run the Jewels



Dawes



G-Eazy



Trampled By Turtles



Sturgill

Simpson



Moon Taxi



AWOLNATION



Sylvan

Esso



Bela

Fleck & Abigail Washburn



Guster



Jamie XX



Against Me!



Odesza



SOJA



Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester



Bleachers



Rudimental



Mac

DeMarco



Tycho



The Very Best



Freddie Gibbs &

Madlib



Shakey

Graves



Shabazz

Palaces



Gramatik





Unknown Mortal Orchestra



Jungle



Benjamin Booker



Houndmouth



The Growlers



Glass Animals



Ana Tijoux



SZA



Courtney Barnett



Rhiannon Giddens



Royal Blood



Tanya Tagaq



Woods



Hurray For The Riff Raff



Iceage



Temples



Between The Buried & Me



Rustie



Ryn Weaver



Dopapod



Pokey LaFarge



Priory

Bahamas



Strand of Oaks



Phox



Gregory Alan Isakov



Brownout Presents BROWN SABBATH



The Districts



Madisen Ward & Mama Bear



DMA's



Catfish & The Bottlemen



Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen



Pallbearer



Dej Loaf



Christopher Denny



Hiss Golden Messenger



King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard



Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas



Unlocking the Truth

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