Bonnaroo 2011: Lineup, Clues, Rumors, Speculation, Wishes, Etc…

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2/15/11 update: The Official Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup has been announced.

Summer Festival wanderlust is in full force this week as Wakarusa, Mountain Jam and an expected Jazz Fest lineup are released this week…

The powers-that-be just kicked the Bonnaspeculation season into overdrive by offering up their first in a series of clues that will lead up to the great big initial announcement in about a month’s time. Many of these cloos were misleading last year, and it seemed like the festival was just pulling our legs on a few. But after all, Bonnaroo has always been a great marketing force (even in the first year, when they relied almost strictly on word-of-mouth), always adding something new to keep people like myself intrigued year-in-and-year-out The first clue immediately brings to mind the great David Bowie, what are your thoughts?:

Clue #1 (courtesy of @Bonnaroo): A trip to space thwarted by a speckled lad’s demise. A watershed moment otherwise.

Not that Bonnaroo requires something like a big anniversary to pull out all the stops, but if the transformative Fifth Anniversary was any indication (2006–My personal favorite lineup, featuring Radiohead, Beck, My Morning Jacket, G.R.A.B., and Oysterhead), this year AC Entertainment and Superfly will be pulling out all the stops. So here is my completely speculatory list of artists who might be appearing on the farm in Manchester from June 9-12 (one can wish, wonder, and wander towards the Good Road):

Daft Punk (reportedly going back on tour this summer, on hiatus since 2007 until the October appearance with Phoenix at Madison Square Garden and the killer cameo on TRON: Legacy)
David Gilmour & Roger Waters (Rumored to appear together at a mystery date on Waters’ The Wall Tour, although to my knowledge that has not occurred yet. One of these guys would more than suffice)
The Rolling Stones
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Reportedly getting back together in ’11 minus retired guitarist John Frusciante)
Elton John or David Bowie or Neil Young
Foo Fighters (There seems to be at least one band from this mainstream rock radio universe, could see this one happening with new album, heavy touring in ’11. Would be a slight upgrade from KoL ’10, Jack Johnson ’08).
Gorillaz (Just released their iPad album The Fall on Christmas and just today announced a new cartoon member of the band with a fishbowl head, named The Evangelist)
Rush (Touring North America this Spring and Summer)
Dr. Dre w/ Guests (since Kanye in ’08 and Jay-Z last year, it could make sense with Detox coming out early-2011) or Eminem.
Furthur (No member of The Dead has played at Bonnaroo since 2008)
My Morning Jacket (set to release a new record in the first half of 2011, have not appeared at Bonnaroo since 2008, late night What or Which Stage would be likely. Already confirmed to be headlining Wakarusa and Mountain Jam the weekend before, so you know they will be already supporting the as-yet-named 6th LP)
Widespread Panic (also have not appeared since 2008, a long time for the band holding the record for most headlining appearances. Also, 2011 is the band’s 25th Anniversary and last run until an indefinite hiatus)
Manu Chao (please bring back)
Robbie Robertson and Friends (New album out in 2011, first in 13 years)
The String Cheese Incident (have not done a proper tour since 2007 or appeared at Bonnaroo since that summer.)
The Avalanches (New Album due in 2011)
Massive Attack
Chemical Brothers
Zach Galifianakis
(with Hangover 2 coming out weeks before, could be this year’s big comedic headliner).
Iggy Pop & The Stooges
Florence & The Machine
A Tribe Called Quest
Umphrey’s McGee
Delta Spirit
Les Claypool (in some form)
Janelle Monae
Broken Bells
Tom Tom Club
Hot Chip
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Two Door Cinema Club
Tame Impala
Cold War Kids
M. Ward
Anders Osborne
Moon Taxi
Lance Herbstrong

No good basis, but maybe one day??

Outkast (if it’s on the Internet it could be troo)
Black Sabbath (Ozzy has been talking about getting the old band back together and recording a new album)
Talking Heads (everyone is healthy and alive, so why not bury the hatchet?)
Some formation of Bob Dylan & Levon Helm
Rage Against the Machine (the time has come)
Radiohead (doubt they would do it again)
Neil Young solo

Further Speculations/Confirmations

The Cure
My Chemical Romance
The Roots
Paul Simon

Mumford and Sons (Confirmed return?)
Cage the Elephant (Reportedly Confirmed)
Modest Mouse
Devendra Banhart
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Lady Gaga
Toots and the Maytals

Who Do YOU Want to See in 2011?

  • Kyle Targus

    Um, why not just list every band known to humankind? This was a totally pointless column.

  • Eric Tsurumoto

    I dont know if anyone has mentioned this yet but Robert Plant and band of joy have self confirmed along with Gregg Alman and Black starr

    also aperantly a source VERY close to the festival has confirmed headliners of Widespread panic, Arcade fire, My morning jacket and The black keys

    along with a rap artist that is still in negotiations (that is my speculation as to why the line up took so long to be announced)

  • Ninarsa

    Just to name a few: The Rural Alberta Advantage; The Avett Brothers; The Wood Brothers; CAKE; Amos Lee; Ben Folds; The Strokes; Levon Helm; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros; Hey Ocean; Local Natives; Alison Krauss…

    Demetri Martin & David Cross for comedians.

  • Thegrecornholeo

    avenge sevenfold, mdest mouse, zakkk wylde, the remaing led zeppiln

  • Chickenhawk555

    Celine Dion Is on tour with a gap right around the beginning of June