Bonnaroo 2011 to Get Sucker-Punched by Climate Change?
Bonnaroo is disgusting. It just might be about to get more so.
For the uninitiated, Bonnaroo takes place in Manchester Tennessee, in the middle of June. If you’ve never been to Manchester, TN, which you likely haven’t been unless it was for Bonnaroo, here’s the rundown: it’s hot and wet, and muddy as hell. After 3 days of tens of thousands of people doing their business in porta-potties and clomping through the mud, the place smells to holy hell—it’s like some medieval European town where the black plague has hit, and hit hard.
Unless you’re 17 or some bumpkin from Tennessee, or 17 and some bumpkin from Tennessee, it’s a disgusting mess. And here’s the thing: this winter exhibited all the hallmark signs of climate change, as the world gets hotter and wetter. Yes, this winter was cold, but the overall annual warming unlocks arctic air, making storms, yada yada. Anyway the point is, the hot disgusting mess that is Bonnaroo is probably going to be even hotter and wetter this year.
The only thing that makes it worth it is a lineup good enough to subject yourself to the torture. Everyone has their price—in 2009 that price, for me, was Beastie Boys, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors and Bruce Springsteen, all in one fest. It’s like the Costco of music festivals. Was it worth it? Just about.
So who is on the Bonnaroo lineup this year? Arcade Fire, check. Lil Wayne, half-check. Eminem… you’re losing me. From there the lineup looks a little more disappointing—to drag my ass out to the middle of muddy Tennessee, you’re going to need more than Buffalo Springfield. For 2011, you need Radiohead.
But by all means—decide for yourself. Full Bonaroo 2011 lineup below. Tickets go on sale Feb 19th, fest is June 9-11 in Manchester, TN.
The Black Keys
Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale
My Morning Jacket
String Cheese Incident
Robert Plant & Band of Joy
Mumford & Sons
Iron & Wine
Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Florence + the Machine
SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John
Explosions In The Sky
Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz
Warren Haynes Band
Old Crow Medicine Show
Bootsy Collins & the Funk University
Matt & Kim
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Cold War Kids
Portugal. The Man
Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter
The Black Angels
School of Seven Bells
Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea
Justin Townes Earle
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Band of Skulls
Sharon Van Etten
The Low Anthem
Jessica Lea Mayfield
The Head and the Heart