Elton John, Kanye West lead Bonnaroo 2014 lineup

The wait is finally over for the lineup for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Legendary piano-playing pop star Elton John, controversial hip hop icon Kanye West, young rock band favorites Vampire Weekend, White Stripes leader Jack White, dubstep master Skrillex, acoustic favorites The Avett Brothers and pop/R&B master Lionel Richie are among the top-billed artists of the 120 acts that were announced on Wednesday night.

The music festival, now in its 12th year, brings music fans from around the world to tiny Middle Tennessee town of Manchester. Created and promoted by Knoxvilleís AC Entertainment and Superfly Presents, the festival has become one of the most acclaimed and successful music festivals in the world. More than 80,000 music fans spend four days on the 70-acre site, watching favorite music artists, comedians and other entertainers. This yearís festival will be held June 12-15.

The festival regularly sells a significant number of tickets at a discount two months before a single artist on the bill has been announced and then makes a special event of the artist announcement. On Wednesday the festival sponsored official ìWatch Partiesî for fans to view a preview event and then hear the names of the artists by way of the Bonnaroo website or a special X-Box application. In Knoxville, a watch party was held at the Disc Exchange on Chapman Highway.

Rock acts include: The Flaming Lips, Capital Cities, Arctic Monkeys, Broken Bells, Grouplove, CHVRCHES and Blackberry Smoke.

Rap, hip hop and rhythm and blues acts include: Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa, Danny Brown and Frank Ocean.

Quieter acts include: Neutral Milk Hotel, Amos Lee, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Knoxvilleís own Black Lillies.

A few unexpected legends are on the bill, including Richie and R&B star Bobby Womack and reunited Australian rock greats Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Damon Albarn, leader of the British band Blur.

World music is represented by several artists, including Nigerian Afrobeat star Seun Kuti (son of the legendary Fela Kuti) and Syrian performer Omar Souleyman.

Possibly the most imaginative choice for the event is the Moroccan band The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar. The band was first championed by Rolling Stone Brian Jones who produced an album of the group (released in 1971). The group is led by the son of the man who led the band in the 1960s. At Bonnaroo, the musicians will include guests Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin and Wood), guitar great Marc Ribot, hip hop artist DJ Logic and percussionist Shazad Ismaily.

Another unexpected treat is peculiar South African rap act Die Antwoord, which has gained an international cult following.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon Saturday at http://www.bonnaroo.com.

Ticket prices begin at $249.50. After a certain number of tickets are sold prices will increase to $269.50 and $284.50. Service charges are added to all tickets. VIP tickets are available for $1,499.50 per pair and includes special parking, shower and restroom facilities, exclusive viewing areas for certain stages and a pre-event dinner and party.

Bonnaroo also recently added packages that include shuttle services from Nashville. More information is available at http://www.bonnaroo.com.


Mobile users, click here for a Bonnaroo 2014 YouTube playlist.

The Spotify playlist below highlights the majority of the acts announced Feb. 19, 2014, who will play at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 12-15 2014.



  •  Elton John
  • Kanye West
  • Jack White
  •  Lionel Richie
  • Vampire Weekend
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Phoenix
  • Skrillex
  •  Arctic Monkeys
  • Frank Ocean
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • Kaskade
  • Damon Albarn
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • SuperJam with Skrillex & Friends
  • SuperJam ì?î
  • The Bluegrass Situation Superjam hosted by Ed Helms
  •  Disclosure
  • Cut Copy
  • The Head and the Heart
  •  Zedd
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill
  • Funkiest Dancer
  •  Chromeo
  •  Broken Bells
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • James Blake
  • Bobby Womack
  •  Umphrey's McGee
  •  Ice Cube
  • Ben Howard
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Fitz and The Tantrums
  • Cake
  • Janelle Mon·e
  • Grouplove
  • Amos Lee
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Die Antwoord
  • Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory
  • Mastodon
  • Capital Cities
  • Jake Bugg
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Dr. Dog
  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • John Butler Trio
  •  Little Dragon
  • City and Colour
  • The Glitch Mob
  • The Naked and Famous
  • Taran Killam
  • Phosphorescent
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Washed Out
  • Danny Brown
  • Warpaint
  • Sam Smith
  • A$AP Ferg
  •  Darkside
  • Seasick Steve
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Lucero
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • The Wood Brothers
  • The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, with special guests Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, DJ Logic and Shazad Ismaily
  •  Pusha T
  • Meshuggah
  •  PoliÁa
  • DakhaBrakha
  • Goat
  • ZZ Ward
  •  Seun Kuti
  • Blackberry Smoke
  •  MS MR
  • Hannibal Buress
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rudimental
  • A Tribe Called Red
  • Omar Souleyman
  • The Bouncing Souls
  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • Ty Segall
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Vintage Trouble
  • Okkervil River
  • White Denim
  • Jonathan Wilson
  • Robert DeLong
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Typhoon
  • Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
  •  Valerie June
  • King Khan & The Shrines
  • Cherub
  • Break Science
  • The Black Lillies
  • Real Estate
  • The Lone Bellow
  • Caveman
  • Big Sam's Funky Nation
  • Jon Batiste
  • La Santa Cecilia
  • Classixx
  • Allah-Las
  • Cass McCombs
  • Vance Joy
  •  Haerts
  • J. Roddy Walston & The Business
  • Those Darlins
  • Deafheaven
  • Lake Street Dive
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  • The Wild Feathers
  • The Preatures
  • Blank Range
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