Bonnaroo came out with their 2017 lineup at 8am this morning, and it has a lot of people talking. Depending on who you talk to, you might get widely differing opinions about this years festival in Manchester, Tennesse. Let’s break it down.
The headliners for 2017 include U2 (performing Joshua Tree in it’s entirety,) their first US festival performance in over ten years, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance the Rapper.
The top line is a dramatic shift from the top line in 2016 which included Dead and Co, LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam, and J Cole. It could be argued that Bonnaroo is trying to remain afloat after abysmal ticket sales in 2016, their worst turnout in the festival’s sixteen year history.
However, Bonnaroo tends to do things much differently than other festivals. While some may disagree with the top line it will ultimately go down as monumental in the grand scope of the festival’s history. The headliners are more diverse than most other festivals, as they always have been. Surely all of these performers will bring the heat this year.
The festival focused heavily on EDM in 2017. Performers like Major Lazer, Flume, and Marshmello will all take the stage come June 8th. The festival also features Lorde, Travis Scott, and The XX: all of which are fresh off of an album or have plans to release an album in 2017.
The sub headliners are slightly less original than the top line. We could almost expect performances from these artists at Bonnaroo. In fact, they almost have to book these acts to increase ticket revenue. Nevertheless, we are excited to see what each act brings to the table at the farm.
The undercard features an eclectic mix of artists ranging from indie (Car Seat Headrest, Jon Bellion, Rainbow Kitten Surprise) to EDM (Getter, Claude Von Stroke, G Jones, Rezz) to Hip Hop (Flatbush Zombies, Kevin Abstract, D.R.A.M.) and the staple Jam/Jazz bands (Umphrey’s McGee, Preservation Hall, and Greensky Bluegrass)
Albeit it is more focused towards EDM, the undercard is diverse in nature and supports the headlining acts well. We would love to go from Kevin Abstract to U2 to a Claude Von Stroke late night set. With Bonnaroo, you truly never know what surprises might pop up.