Strictly sharing on a need-to-know basis for those interested in making the trip to Manchester, TN for the 10th annual Bonnaroo music festival. Of course, the Internet reacted with glee, slamming the official site’s servers so heavily until the mechanical mice crashed this morning once the announcement was made. The lineup is pretty large, including a good dose of rap along with acts I’d like to see live – Sleigh Bells, Dam-Funk, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, etc. – but not enough for me to make the 45 minute drive. Yes, only 45 minutes and I’ll well familiar with the area, having grown up nearby and that’s probably part of the reason I’ll never be drawn to Bonnaroo. Manchester’s not my cup, having seen too many fine gentlemen who I call friends being detained and ultimately arrested, receiving Fed cases as parting gifts. That and the idea of standing around in dirt among throngs of druggies & drunks = not my type of hype.
In fact, I pretty much view the festival much like white folks in Atlanta looked at Freaknic in its heyday: Looks like fun, but maybe not meant for us.
Anyways, an amended version of the press release is below and visiting www.bonnaro.com is always an option for full deets. They even got Conan to do a video-drop, which can also be seen by scrolling down.
“The 10th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 9 – 12 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2011 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 12noon eastern exclusively at bonnaroo.com.
“The 2011 event marks the 10th year for the legendary festival, which began in 2002 as a remarkable idea to serve a passionate yet underappreciated and overlooked fanbase, and ended up becoming the premier multi-day concert destination of the summer whose dynamic and eclectic programming paved the way for the age of the great American music festival. This year’s lineup is yet another fine example of the incomparable eclecticism for which Bonnaroo has become famous. Featured acts include: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket and Lil’ Wayne, String Cheese Incident, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Florence + the Machine, Girl Talk, Primus, Big Boi, Gregg Allman, Robyn, Deerhunter, Sleigh Bells, Amos Lee, Opeth, Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Wanda Jackson, The Walkmen and an exclusive festival performance by Buffalo Springfield featuring Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale. This year’s lineup will again cement Bonnaroo as a force in music discovery, exposing its fans to legendary artists, current favorites, as well as breaking acts.”