The Bonnaroo 2008 lineup just got announced late last night. The headliners of the 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100% out of place at this , which isn’t a statement meant to conjure up all those “ is a jamband ” arguments that are no longer valid.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 . is always a treat, are going to have a killer year regardless of what festivals they’re booked for (already and Bonnaroo), . 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 .

2008 Bonnaroo and Arts Festival Lineup:

Pearl Jam
Metallica
Jack Johnson
West
&
& Friends

The Band


Death Cab for Cutie

Sigur Ros
Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road


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

Swell Season

& ’s Stew Revival
Gogol Bordello

’s Revival




& the Dap Kings


Tegan & Sara
Solomon Burke



Israel Vibration
& the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck
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The Fiery Furnaces
Orchestra Baobab





Lez Zeppelin






Little Feat

The Felice Brothers
Mason Jennings
MGMT


Serena Ryder
Steel Train

Back Door Slam

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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, 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” 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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