Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment have announced the initial lineup for the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
The seventh annual four-day camping and music extravaganza will be held June 12-15 on the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., 60 miles south of Nashville.
A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks.
The final Bonnaroo 2008 lineup will total more than 100 bands and more 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 16 at 12 p.m. EDT.
As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs a staggering amount of entertainment options into its four days.
The event offers attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy theater, cinema festival, jazz club, silent disco, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality craft vendors.
Continuing the Bonnaroo tradition of diversity and dynamism, the 2008 lineup draws top-flight acts from a broad range of musical worlds.
This year, Bonnaroo welcomes metal maestros Metallica, the enigmatic Pearl Jam and acoustic rocker Jack Johnson, along with hip-hop star Kanye West, indie-rock staple Death Cab for Cutie and scores more.
Fresh talent like NYC buzz band Vampire Weekend and Austin electro act Ghostland Observatory will perform alongside revered legends such as Willie Nelson and the Band’s Levon Helm, who will bring his famous Woodstock-based Midnight Ramble show to the party.
Other special collaborations include the slow-burning duo of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, roots-leaning couple Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and bluegrass darling Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet with Béla Fleck.
The sprawling lineup also includes epic acts like Gogol Bordello, Against Me!, Sigur Rós and Bonnaroo favorite My Morning Jacket.
Bonnaroo’s popular Comedy Tent will once again host a lineup of first-rate standup sets in a seated, air-conditioned venue, including Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Mike Birbiglia, Jim Norton, Brian Posehn and the return of David Cross, who will host "Bonnaroo Late Time Chat About," an original midnight talk show complete with a house band, comic skits and special guests.
Tickets for the 2008 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival go on sale Saturday, February 16th, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT through www.bonnaroo.com
As a unique, offer to the festival’s fans, Bonnaroo is offering the option to purchase a commemorative DVD of the 2008 festival that will be sent to them in December.
At an exclusive price for ticket buyers, fans will have the option of ordering the DVD at the time of purchasing tickets to the festival. These DVDs will feature exclusive performances and backstage footage from the 2008 festival.
The featured video will be handpicked to showcase this year’s performance highlights as filmed by Bonnaroo’s team of directors. The DVD will include full-color packaging and artwork and a 5.1 audio mix created from Bonnaroo’s pristine soundboard recordings.
Other new features for 2008 will be announced shortly.
The confirmed artists thus far are:
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Phil Lesh & Friends
My Morning Jacket
The Allman Brothers Band
Death Cab for Cutie
Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road
The Bluegrass Allstars Feat. Luke Bulla, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton
Iron & Wine
Yonder Mountain String Band
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival
Broken Social Scene
Robert Randolph’s Revival
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Tegan & Sara
The Avett Brothers
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck
Phil Lesh / Larry Campbell / Jackie Greene
The Fiery Furnaces
Dark Star Orchestra
Minus the Bear
The Felice Brothers
The Lee Boys
Back Door Slam
Bonnaroo Late Night Chat About with David Cross