What’s This Playlist All About? In its 18th iteration, Manchester, Tennessee’s grandest music extravaganza will return to the farm on June 13-16 with perhaps its strangest lineup yet—which could also make it its best year yet.
What You Get: Bonnaroo continues to keep things weird. Just have a look at 2019’s headliners: While Phish playing twice makes all kinds of sense given the jam-rock legacy of the festival, throwing in Post Malone, Odesza, The Lumineers, and a few Grand Ole Opry “special guests,” is sure to bring in every stripe of music fan. And perhaps nowhere else will you see living country-folk legend John Prine rubbing shoulders with trap hero Gucci Mane, or prolific dream-pop purveyors Beach House cozying up alongside the funky fresh GRiZ, who will be leading this year’s collaborative “SuperJam,” one of Bonnaroo’s coolest events. Unfortunately, the playlist itself is in alphabetical order, so any calculated curation is lost completely. Then again, it just as well represents the vast inclusiveness of the festival itself.
Greatest Discoveries: As we all know by now, the best finds are almost always buried in the fine print. We’ll be elbowing our way to the front row for some fresh retro vibes from quirky baroque-popsters The Lemon Twigs and good-old-fashioned rock ‘n’ rollers The Nude Party. We’ll also be hopping over to catch Two Feet’s bluesy electro soul and Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers’ fiery spoken-word hip-hop.
Is this the Worst (or Best!) Lineup Yet? While we’re not ones to get into such existential arguments, we will say that, while the headliners may not excite too much, we’re all in for the smaller-font artists.