By Mark Jackson
Bonnaroo released the official lineup this week and as usual it was immediately meet with cheers and jeers. It seems no matter who a festival brings there are always people who have their own favorite bands and ideas of what a festival should be.
Bonnaroo has long been known for having a diverse lineup with a heavy sway towards alternative music and this year is no different, but you can see a move into the R&B genre as well. This is no big surprise and is to be expected with acts like Cardi B, Childish Gambino, and Post Malone gathering millions and millions of followers the festival is smart to see the trends and give the masses what they want.
Last year Bonnaroo made the brave move to convert the That Tent into a full blown EDM stage that rivaled in size and lights of the Who stage, this move seemed to pay off big time as there were thousands of fans who I believe never ventured far from that stage. I must admit this was one of my favorite stages after dark. The non stop dance music and bass drops kept the crowd going all night and into the early mornings. Another addition last year was the Grand Ole Opry set, a collection of performers and guest from the Nashville famous Grand Ole Opry House.
The farm has also expanded the entertainment from the confinement of Centeroo out into the Camping areas. “Bonnaroo has continually sought new ways to enhance the fans’ onsite experience and the 2019 event will emphasize this with an array of remarkable new features and improvements. In 2018, Bonnaroo made significant upgrades to the site’s communal areas, known as Plazas. Strategically located and well-lit public places throughout the campgrounds, Plazas include shade, free public Wi-Fi, showers, activities, charging stations, Clean Vibes Trading Post redemption centers, misting stations, medical, safety stations, information and portable restrooms. This year’s event features a “Sanctuary of Self-Love” campground experience curated by Hayley Williams of Paramore. Also, “The Yes Barn” presented by House of Yes and Little Cinema will once again feature jaw-dropping circus acts, mind-bending immersive cinema shows, wild theme parties, and Bonnaroo’s first-ever Pride parade.”
Here are just a few of this years headliners: Phish, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, Post Malone, Odesza, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers and The Lonely Island. Check out the poster above to see the entire lineup and then go get your tickets, they even have a layaway plan, so there is no excuse not the join the crowd down on the farm for Bonnaroo 2019…