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?

  • Masflojo

    Also, Sublime (with Rome) is on the road this year. How bad ass would it be to see RHCP and Sublime in the same day.

    • considering sublime died when bradley did i would be pissed if what the fuck they are calling sublime now days showed up….

  • Jdrago28


  • Guest

    Another band that will be attending is Aunt Martha.

  • Timb7737

    Rodrigo y Gabriela

  • Rebka

    KID CUDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Calliemaraeharpole

    Lil Wayne all the way PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)::))

  • SERGERI017


  • SERGERI017


  • guest

    Kid Cudi
    Lupe Fiasco
    Daft Punk
    Modest Mouse
    and pretty much everyone else rumored mentioned above!

  • Pnoe

    My bet is on Paul Simon as the headliner. I correctly predicted Stevie Wonder last year, without the benefit of blogs, articles, or other hints. Superfly has to go bigger than SW, and Paul Simon certainly fits the bill AND he released a new album AND he’ll be touring. Yeah, I’m feeling the Paul Simon. Would LOVE to see the RHCP, however! Elton John=been there done that, same w/Thin White Duke (although certainly more interesting than EJ), Neil Young has some new offerings. Rush=yuk.

  • Edward


  • Niki_thomas46

    …Not Lady Gaga.

  • Forrestdwill

    Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Wilco, Phish, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, The Shins,The National, Bright Eyes, Mumford & Sons, MGMT, Cake, G-Love and Special Sauce, Golgol Bordello, Dr. Dog, Slightly Stoopid, A Tribe Called Quest……

  • Jhunt315

    the terror
    the aristocrats
    rage against the machine
    modest mouse

  • haley423

    BASSNECTAR!, MGMT!, the pixes, MIA, DATSIK, borgore, PASSION PIT, red hot chili peppers, excision, deadmau5, pink floyd, led zeppelin, damian marley and pretty lights.
    that would be pretty amazing.

  • Robbie Robertson & Friends! The Stones! Wilco ! MGMT! Modest Mouse! My Morning Jacket! Mumford and Sons! Cage the elephant! MOE! and finally THE ROOTS! If Bonnaroo books 1/3 of these bands it will be an awesome 10th year anniversary!!

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  • Dahliawilkison

    I want to see The Dead!!! and of course Widespread………I saw The Dead in 2004..It was my first time and I love em!!! Saw Bob Weir in 05 at Harvest Fest!!!!! Come on Dead come to Bonnaroo 2011!!!!! We miss you!

  • Joshwhip

    Passion pit anyone… I don’t think they get enough love

  • Where is Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Accept???? Is’n tall of them a basis??