In previous years, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival developed a reputation for being the most, um, granola-friendly summer concert out there (with a list of headliners that included Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic and the Dead, it’s not hard to see why). This year, however, it looks like all that will change.
That’s because Radiohead have been confirmed as a headliner, joining an initial list of more than 50 acts that also includes Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, Damian Marley and Matisyahu. Bonnaroo 2006 will be held June 16-18 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.
Radiohead — in their only confirmed U.S. summer festival appearance — will top the bill on one of the fest’s three evenings, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers penciled in as another headliner; the third, Phil Lesh and Friends (featuring the former Grateful Dead bassist), is more in line with the festival’s traditional fanbase. Other acts scheduled to appear include Elvis Costello and the Impostors, My Morning Jacket, Cat Power, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
In 2005, organizers shook things up when they announced Modest Mouse as one of the headliners for Bonnaroo, which had traditionally played host to more jammy bands (see “Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews Band Top Bonnaroo 2005 Bill” ). And though some longtime ’Roo supporters were ticked, more than 80,000 still showed up for the festival (see “Bonnaroo Kicks Out The Jams Thanks To Dave Matthews, John Mayer — And Bo Bice” ).
According to organizers, tickets will go on sale February 11 at 10 a.m. ET via Bonnaroo.com