Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork and Wilco will be some of the headlining performers at Bonnaroo 2013. The line-up for more than 100 artists was announced between 1 and 2 p.m. Tuesday on Bonnaroo’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/bonnaroo365).
The 2013 line-up is consistent with line-ups in the past, combining old legends with young acts and a wild mix of genres, as well as concerts seen as one-of-a-kind events. One of the events in the 2013 line-up is a jam featuring Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), John Oates (of Hall and Oates), Zigaboo Modeliste (of legendary New Orleans funk band The Meters), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and others.
McCartney, of course, is the biggest name in the event. One of only two surviving Beatles, McCartney has been active on the touring circuit recently. Considering that headline acts often have special guests appear with them, there’s always the hope that McCartney could have fellow surviving Beatle Ringo Starr as a guest, marking a rare appearance that the two have appeared on stage together.
Bonnaroo began in 2002 on the same farmland in Manchester, Tenn., where it has been held ever since. The festival was an immediate success and draws between 70,000 and 90,000 music fans to Coffee County each year. This year’s festival will be held June 13-16. The festival has become one of the most successful festivals in the world.
Previous headlining acts have included Radiohead, The Police, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Metallica, Phish, Widespread Panic, Tool and Bruce Springsteen.
Related database:Bonnaroo through the years
Other acts performing this year include: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, R. Kelly, ZZ Top, A$AP Rocky, Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Amadou & Mariam, Matt & Kim, Dirty Projectors, 1980s star Billy Idol and comedian Daniel Tosh.
Over the past few years the line-up announcement has been made in a variety of unusual ways, including once letting the artists themselves announce their appearances through social media. Weird Al Yankovic was enlisted as host of this year’s announcement, and let callers viewing YouTube announce many of the acts as the event streamed live. Approximately 17,000 viewers were watching early in the announcement.
A significant number of tickets were sold last year at a discount price, prior to any information on which artists would perform. Regular tickets go on sale at noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at www.bonnaroo.com. Ticket prices are tiered with prices escalating after a designated number of tickets are sold. Prices are $260.80, $280.80 and $295.80, plus shipping charges. VIP packages are available for $1,530.40, per pair, plus shipping charges. Various add-on packages are available. Tickets regularly sell out before the festival begins.
A complete list of Bonnaroo acts announced on Tuesday, Feb. 19
Mumford & Sons
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
David Byrne & St. Vincent
Of Monsters and Men
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Soul SuperJam ft. Jim James with John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more TBA!
Ed Helms Bluegrass Situation Superjam with special guests
Portugal. The Man
Sam Bush & Del McCoury
Matt & Kim
John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension
Noam Pikelny & Friends
Amadou & Mariam
Father John Misty
The Tallest Man On Earth
Walk The Moon
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
JEFF The Brotherhood
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
Matthew E. White
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