The Bonnaroo 2008 lineup just got announced late last night. The headliners of the festival are surprises to me — I purposely avoided any rumor mill this year — and I’m sure they’ll be surprises to the mainstream contingent that may or may not decide to go to this megafest on that farm down in , TN come June 12-15, 2008.

The headliners announced are , , , and Kayne West. Hrm.

is a nice headliner to feature but seems slightly unimpressive considering their headlining gig last year at 2007. That was a great set, by the way. seems 100% out of place at this festival, which isn’t a statement meant to conjure up all those “ is a jamband festival” arguments that are no longer valid. I don’t know, it just seems off to me. is also headlining Coachella 2008 so it seems a little unimpressive that they’ve got him doing as well. Differentiation is something we all cherish in these lineups and that’s definitely evident as you get to the “long tail” of the lineup. is always a treat, are going to have a killer year regardless of what festivals they’re booked for (already and ), . will get the crowd hopping, Umphrey’s McGee will get the crowd shredding, and better get a mainstage slot. It gets plenty more eclectic as you read down the lineup.

2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival :

Pearl Jam
Jack Johnson

& Friends


Sigur Ros
and the Ramble on the Road

The Bluegrass Allstars Feat. Luke Bulla, Sam , , Bela Fleck, and
Umphrey’s McGee
Iron & Wine

Swell Season

& ’s Stew Revival

’s Revival

& the Dap Kings

Tegan & Sara
Solomon Burke

Israel Vibration
& the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck
/ /

Orchestra Baobab

Minus the Bear

Lez Zeppelin

Mason Jennings

Serena Ryder
Steel Train

Bonnaroo :
Bonnaroo Chat About with David Cross
Janeane Garofalo

Jim Norton
Brian Posehn

John Mulaney
Michelle Buteau

What do you guys think of this? We normally find this festival as the largest point of discussion as the musical new year begins, with people scrambling to determine if they want to go and how hipster they should snark on the lineup. If that even makes sense. I, for one, wouldn’t want to attend for the headliners, although I’ll admit that seeing “Master of Puppets” live is somewhat of a lifelong dream for me. I’d go for all the up-and-coming artists that would play the smaller tents. And given the festivities and the vibe and the sheer fun a festival like this would allow for (assuming you don’t get sunburned), Bonnaroo is once-again a festival no-brainer. Go to this.

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