February 20, 2014 at 11:41pm
Bonnaroo’s 2014 lineup is an excellent example of what the festival has come to be known for: eclecticism. Arguably more so than any other major festival worldwide, Bonnaroo has established itself as the most inclusive and wide-reaching curator of artists. This commitment to versatility is the festival’s bulletproof vest, developing a precedent in which no generalizations or broad criticisms can be made of the lineup.
To older fans, there’s Elton John and Lionel Richie. For the hip-hop aficionado, there’s Kanye West and Lauren Hill. And for followers of the blogosphere? Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, and Broken Bells. Add artists as diverse as Skrillex, the Flaming Lips, Jack White, and a host of comedians; and you’ve got a formula for populist success through diversification.
Most importantly, and what I appreciate most about this article, is the commitment to include local artists on the bill. As a staple of the American festival circuit that’s all-but-guaranteed to sell out each year, Bonnaroo is charitably wise to include regional acts. Offering the opportunity for local artists to perform on a major stage, as well as offering the opportunity for distant travelers to experience some Tennessee flair, Bonnaroo makes a gesture that should be whole-heartedly welcomed by any music fan. I should note the exclusion of rising stars, Cherub, (hailing from Nashville) on your list.
While there’s a little something for everyone in Bonnaroo’s 2014 lineup, the largest complaint may be that it’s too diverse. But at the end of the day, if that’s the largest complaint that can be made about lineup, the curators have succeeded.
Thanks for the article and for making mention of the regional acts. Here’s to another great year on the Farm!
February 23, 2014 at 7:06pm
Good call bdg3s_mtsu - Cherub was passed over on that mention. Great group!