Coachella vs. Bonnaroo: Tennessee fest books Jay-Z, Weezer, Kid Cudi, DMB, more
Rapper Jay-Z, pop band Weezer and psychedelic rockers the Flaming Lips are among the headliners for the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The lineup for the four-day June fest in Manchester, Tenn., was being doled out in excruciating fashion Tuesday, with acts being announced via a digital cuckoo clock with cutesy animations on the festival's MySpace page.
The mid-South's hippie cousin to Southern California's hipster-aimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Bonnaroo organizers were announcing one artist every five or six minutes on Tuesday. It's a groundbreaking promotional strategy, one that uniquely brings some of the frustrations of the multi-day festival -- long lag-times with little payoff -- to the online world.
Bonnaroo is set for June 10-13, and there's some expected Coachella overlap in the initial artists announced. Minimalist indie-rock act the XX, vintage-pop band She & Him, Parisian's Phoenix, Jack White's outfit the Dead Weather and soul revivalist Meyer Hawthorne will be on the festival circuit this summer. And while Coachella can boast the Gorillaz, Bonnaroo can brag about a cartoon-ish act of its own, with metal goofballs Gwar on the bill.
Bonnaroo does, however, have some big names that Coachella doesn't, including the Kings of Leon, Tori Amos, Weezer, John Fogerty, Norah Jones, Kid Cudi, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, and the Dave Matthews Band. As for the Flaming Lips, the band will team with Oklahoma pals Stardeath and the White Dwarfs to perform Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety.
But Angelenos shouldn't necessarily be stricken with a case of festival envy. Radiohead's Thom Yorke and the captivating Charlotte Gainsbourg are not on the Bonnaroo bill, at least not as of 2:30 p.m. The cuckoo clock is still ticking, for those who want to follow it. Tickets start at $234.50, plus service fees, making it slightly cheaper than Coachella's $269. Single day tickets are not available.
-- Todd Martens