Due to a couple of friends bailing on me, I can't go, it hurts but I need to sell it.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (Bonnaroo, Rooville, BonRoo, Broo, roo or the 'Roo for short) is a four day annual music festival by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment, first held in 2002. The festival is held on a 700 acre (2.4 kmē) farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. The main attractions of the festival are the multiple stages of live music, featuring a diverse array of musical styles including world music, hip hop, jazz, americana, bluegrass, country music, folk, gospel, reggae, electronica, and other alternative music. The festival began with a primary focus on jam bands, but has diversified greatly in recent years. The festival features craftsmen and artisans selling unique products, food and drink vendors, and many other activities put on by various sponsors. Sponsors of the festival are required to provide free activities for attendees.
The main stage, named the What Stage (capacity 100,000 people) and the second stage, named the Which Stage (capacity 30,000 people) are the two main performance areas, open approximately noon to midnight CST each day of the festival.
Centeroo is a 24-hour gathering place, featuring three large music tents (This Tent, That Tent and the Other Tent), the Bonnaroo Market (craft and merchandise vendors), an arcade tent, music sharing areas, a cinema tent, a comedy tent and other special events. Most activities and vendors in Centeroo are open 24 hours with live music in the tents from noon to 7:30 p.m. CST and midnight to 5 a.m. CST.
The word Bonnaroo, popularized by New Orleans R&B giant Dr. John with his 1974 album "Desitively Bonnaroo," is a Cajun slang word meaning "a really good time." The name was chosen for its literal meaning, and also to honor the rich Louisiana music tradition that inspired the organizers' desire to provide many styles of quality live music for appreciative fans. The word Bonnaroo is actually a creole-French construction taken from "bon" (french for "good") and "rue" (French for "street").
The incomplete list of bands/musicians announced to appear are as follows: The Police (as part of the reunion tour), Tool, Widespread Panic, The White Stripes, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Manu Chao Radio Bemba Sound System, The String Cheese Incident, Franz Ferdinand, The Roots, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Damien Rice, Ween, Gov't Mule, Ziggy Marley, The Decemberists, Kings of Leon, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Wolfmother, Regina Spektor, The Black Keys, Galactic, DJ Shadow, Gillian Welch, Spoon, Keller Williams (WMD's), Sasha & John Digweed, STS9, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Hold Steady, North Mississippi Allstars, Fountains of Wayne, Hot Tuna, Feist, Hot Chip, Lily Allen, John Butler Trio, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Aesop Rock, The Richard Thompson Band, Dierks Bentley, Xavier Rudd, Gogol Bordello, Junior Brown, Tortoise, T-Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Clutch, Cold War Kids, Dr. Dog, Paolo Nutini, Brazilian Girls, RX Bandits, The Nightwatchman, The Slip, Girl Talk, Railroad Earth, Martha Wainwright, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Annuals, Tea Leaf Green, Sam Roberts Band, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Charlie Louvin, Sonya Kitchell, Mute Math, Apollo Sunshine, Uncle Earl, James Blood Ulmer, The National,The Little Ones (band), The Black Angels, Ryan Shaw, The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians, Ornette Coleman, El-P, David Bromberg and Angel Band, The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Yard Dogs Road Show, Pete Yorn and Dr. Dog.
Blue Note are sponsoring a jazz tent called Somethin' Else featuring: Scott Amendola Band featuring Nels Cline, Don Byron Plays Junior Walker featuring Chris Thomas King, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith Quartet, Robert Glasper Trio, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Lionel Loueke, Mago featuring Billy Martin & John Medeski, Stanton Moore Trio, David Murray Quartet, The Philadelphia Experiment, Jacky Terrasson Trio, Doug Wamble Quartet
In addition, the following comedians have been announced: Lewis Black & Friends, David Cross, Dave Attell, Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin, Aziz Ansari, Finesse Mitchell, Lynne Koplitz, Dov Davidoff, Nick Kroll and John Bowman.
Cafe Acts: Angel and the Love Mongers, Bang Bang Bang, Dave Barnes, benzos, The Biscuit Burners, Pieta Brown, Cage the Elephant, Sam Champion, Christabel and the Jons, Rocco DeLuca, Dixie Dirt, Dubconscious, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Piers Faccini, Favourite Sons, Fiction Plane, Tim Fite, Haale, Jescoe, Alexa Ray Joel, Langhorne Slim, Manchester Orchestra, Jennifer Niceley, Brandy Robinson, Salvador Santana Band, Jonah Smith, Smokin' Dave and the Premo Dopes, John Paul White, Tenderhooks, Tin Cup Prophette, The Westside Daredevils and The Whigs.