J. Cole, Tool, Stevie Nicks, The Chicks Top Bonnaroo 2022 Lineup
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J. Cole performs at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Sept. 27, 2022.
After two years away – one due to the coronavirus pandemic, the other due to good ol’ Mother Nature – Bonnaroo will return to Manchester, Tenn., June 16-19.
The revered Tennessee festival revealed its 2022 lineup Tuesday, which is topped by J. Cole, Tool and Stevie Nicks. Other top-billed artists include The Chicks, Flume, Machine Gun Kelly, Illenium, 21 Savage and Roddy Ricch.
Producer and Bleachers mastermind Jack Antonoff will lead the event’s annual superjam, intriguingly titled “Jack Antonoff’s 1984.”
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Bonnaroo 2022 will feature J. Cole, Tool, Stevie Nicks and many more.
The typically diverse lineup encompasses legendary legacy acts (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Herbie Hancock), hip-hop (Isaiah Rashad, Ludacris), indie-rock (The War On Drugs, Japanese Breakfast), electronic (Disclosure, Porter Robinson, Rezz), jazz (Sons of Kemet), folk (The Weather Station) and jam (recent Pollstar cover artists Billy Strings and Goose).
Other noteworth bookings include Lord Huron, $uicideboy$, Marc Rebillet, CHVRCHES, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Whiskey Myers, Denzel Curry, Tove Lo, Arlo Parks, Chris Lake, 100 gecs, All Time Low, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Tash Sultana, Tinashe and Tierra Whack.
Bonnaroo also returns with several refined and new features for improving the fan experience. The festival has honed its plazas, which include shade, free Wi-Fi, charging stations, showers and more, and will this year introduce JamTrak, a free transportation system to expedite travel from campgrounds and other far-flung areas of the site to Centeroo, where Bonnaroo’s primary music programming takes place.
In Centeroo, Bonnaroo has give its second-biggest stage, The Which Stage, “a spectacular production makeover,” according to a press release.
Like most festivals, Bonnaroo postponed and then canceled its 2020 edition, which was to be headlined by Tool, Lizzo and Tame Impala. The festival went digital that fall in conjunction with YouTube Music, hosting the Virtual ROO-ALITY streaming event.
And, like most festivals traditionally held in late spring or early summer, Bonnaroo moved its 2021 iteration later in the season to accommodate a summer season in flux due to the coronavirus (as a stopgap, Bonnaroo hosted a handful of podded and distanced events in late May and early July with its Concerts On The Farm series). However, that event, which was to be topped by Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Tyler, the Creator and Lana Del Rey over Labor Day weekend, was canceled due to heavy rain and subsequent damage to the festival’s grounds caused by Hurricane Ida.
“For Bonnaroovians with 18 months of pent up COVID-frayed nerves, the letdown comes at a time when they need Bonnaroo’s unmatched moments of catharsis and radiant positivity the most,” music writer Adam Gold wrote for Pollstar following Bonnaroo’s 2021 cancellation. “In the hours following the festival’s cancellation notice, comments on threads across Bonnaroo’s many social media fan communities — left by the likes of people in mourning, people who lost jobs and frontline medical workers — echoed a persisting sentiment: ‘I needed this.'”
In June, Bonnaroo will seek to recapture the momentum it had following its 2019 event, which was its first sold-out edition since 2013.
Bonnaroo’s suite of ticket options, which include general admission, VIP, platinum and camping packages, go onsale Jan. 13 at 12 p.m. CT.
For more about Bonnaroo, revisit Pollstar‘s 2018 cover story about the festival.