Bonnaroo has won it again.
In mid-June, the population of Manchester, Tennessee will once again spike at a temporary 800% increase, as a communal conclave of festivalgoers will reconvene in the sweltering heat and lovely filth of The Farm.
The 2014 edition of this backwoods mega-festival has once again provided the best gain for your greenback.
The massive What Stage will feature headlining performances by the rocketman himself Elton John, which in his words will be his “first American festival ever”. He will be joined by Jack White, Lionel freaking Richie and the baffling addition of Kanye West, who will be looking for redemption from a festival clique which has fervently derided him since his 2008 Bonnaroo debacle.
Prepare to groove from afar beyond a sea of bandanas and straw-hats to the sounds of Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the Flaming Lips, Frank Ocean, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Ms. tax-evading Lauryn Hill.
Get ready to sweat off your excesses with Cake, Broken Bells, Chromeo, Disclosure, as well as a solo performance by Damon Albarn.
Only at Bonnaroo will you find Ice Cube, Die Antwoord, Bobby Womack, Fitz & The Tantrums, Janelle Monae and Mastodon on the same lineup. But the deeper you dig the more plentiful this lineup becomes: Washed Out, Warpaint, Darkside, Seasick Steve, The Bouncing Souls, Ty Segall, Cloud Nothings.
It wouldn’t be the ‘Roo without the Superjams, and this year features perhaps the strangest one to date: The Skrillex Superjam. The Office’s Ed Helms will once again host a Superjam of his own.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday at Noon starting at $249.50 (including camping). A layaway option is available again, which will divide the cost into five phone-bill-like payments. Shuttle service to and from Nashville will also be available, as will some exorbitant VIP packages.
Come and get silly and makes some friends at The Farm.