The Bonnaroo 2017 lineup was just released and it’s pretty special.
Headlining the festival’s 16th year are U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance the Rapper. This will be U2’s first American festival performance since 1983 when they performed at US Festival in San Bernardino. They are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their iconic album The Joshua Tree.
U2 will play the album in its entirety but may not start their show with the album so that songs like “Where the Streets Have No Name” get built up to. This is a very rare and exciting get for a festival and should be a big boon for Bonnaroo.
Also on the lineup are Major Lazer, Flume, Lorde, The xx, Travis Scott, Cage the Elephant, The Head and the Heart, Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Crystal Castles, Umphrey’s McGee, Portugal. The Man, Cold War Kids, and Kaleo. Some of the lower-billed acts that are interesting are Louis the Child, Dua Lipa, James Vincent McMorrow, Francis and the Lights, Margo Price, and Kevin Morby.
On March 21, the festival announced the addition of a new open-air space The Other. It will feature electronic and hip-hop acts almost exclusively, including Marshmello, Big Gigantic, Yellow Claw, D.R.A.M., Matoma, Louis the Child, NGHTMRE, Snails and more.
After half-selling the festival last year with headliners Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem and Dead & Company, the festival is poised to return to their position as one of the top in the country on the shoulders of U2’s booking. Surely, they cost a ton based on how light the lineup is towards the top-middle.
The four-day festival takes place in Manchester, Tennessee from June 8 to 11. Tickets are now on sale and are priced at $349.50 at the Tier 4 price. This is the second year that car camping will cost an additional $59.75 after LiveNation bought an interest in the festival. Though the LiveNation deal brought skepticism from Bonnaroo veterans, I can attest that they’ve updated The Farm to be more accommodating with better water supplies and bathrooms.
View the entire Bonnaroo 2017 by day lineup below! The daily lineups were released February 22.