Bonnaroo 2009 lineup led by Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys, Phish, Beastie Boys, NIN

    Bonnaroo brings out the big names from the most varied musical corners, that’s part of what has brought it to becoming one of the premier festivals in America. But if you take a look at the lineup for the first annual Bonnaroo festival in 2002, the title of this post would seem odd, save for the 2 nights recently reformed jam-stars Phish. Having evolved over the past 6 years into an extravaganza of a musical event, Bonnaroo has truly outdone itself this time, with arguably its most eclectic lineup.

    Last year Kanye and Metallica. This year: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (hot on the heels of halftime), the Beastie Boys (who will be re-releasing Paul’s Boutique), Animal Collective, Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails, Grizzly Bear, David Byrne, Al Green, Wilco, TVOTR, and a zillion other artists.

    Check out the full (initial) list:

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    Phish (2 Shows)
    Beastie Boys
    Nine Inch Nails
    David Byrne
    Al Green
    Snoop Dogg
    Elvis Costello Solo
    Erykah Badu
    Paul Oakenfold
    Ben Harper and Relentless7
    The Mars Volta
    TV on the Radio
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Gov’t Mule
    Andrew Bird
    Band Of Horses
    Merle Haggard
    The Decemberists
    Girl Talk
    Bon Iver
    Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
    Rodrigo y Gabriela
    The Del McCoury Band
    of Montreal
    Allen Toussaint
    Coheed and Cambria
    Booker T & the DBTs
    David Grisman Quintet
    Lucinda Williams
    Animal Collective
    Neko Case
    Jenny Lewis
    Robert Earl Keen
    Citizen Cope
    Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
    The Ting Tings
    Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
    Kaki King
    Grizzly Bear
    King Sunny Adé
    Okkervil River
    St. Vincent
    Zac Brown Band
    Raphael Saadiq
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
    Crystal Castles
    Tift Merritt
    Brett Dennen
    Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
    Toubab Krewe
    People Under the Stairs
    Alejandro Escovedo
    Vieux Farka Touré
    Elvis Perkins In Dearland
    Todd Snider
    Portugal. The Man.
    The SteelDrivers
    The Knux
    The Low Anthem
    Delta Spirit
    A.A. Bondy
    The Lovell Sisters
    Alberta Cross

    If you’ve made it this far, your probably about to buy your plane/train/bus ticket right now. This bit of info will help you plan your trip:

    "Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 – 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock’s greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern."