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Superfly Productions, in association with A.C. Entertainment, is proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival including headliners the newly renamed The Dead (formerly the Other Ones), and Widespread Panic. Confirmed to take place June 13-15, 2003, the second annual three-day camping and music festival will be held on the same pristine 600-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Thirty-two of the 60-plus artists that will appear at the festival are listed below. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
This year’s lineup will solidify the Bonnaroo Music Festival as the premier music and camping festival in the country. Centering on the exploding American grassroots rock scene, the festival’s creative programming will showcase leading artists in many musical worlds, including jazz, bluegrass, funk, pop, hip-hop, electronic, and indie rock. From living legends to up-and-comers, festival producers are choosing each act for Bonnaroo 2003 based on their reputation as a unique and engaging live performer. “Our goal is not only to present the best established live performers, but also to be a springboard for the next generation of great artists to reach a national audience,” says Superfly’s Rick Farman. “The Bonnaroo audience is extremely dedicated. Once they are turned on to an artist, they will support them feverishly.”
The 2003 lineup includes Bonnaroo alums Ben Harper (this time with the Innocent Criminals), Jack Johnson, moe., Galactic, Warren Haynes (this time solo), Keller Williams, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Bela Fleck(this time with the Flecktones), Particle, and the North Mississippi Allstars. Making their first Bonnaroo appearances are, James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band, Sonic Youth, Tortoise, O.A.R., Sound Tribe Sector 9, Antibalas Afro Beat Orchestra, Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, Medeski Martin & Wood, G. Love & Special Sauce, The New Deal, The Slip, The Flaming Lips, Garage A Trois, and The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. The lineup also ventures into hip-hop and electronic avenues with acts like The Roots, Kid Koala, Mix Master Mike, RJD2, and Z-Trip.
Once again, Bonnaroo 2003 will include a plethora of non-music attractions and festival extras. Bonnaroo 2002 offered adventurous features such as a retro arcade tent, a 24-hour cinema tent, and a cyber café. This year’s event will repeat some fan favorites as well as introduce additional creative attractions. “Bonnaroo is much more than a mere concert,” says Ashley Capps of A.C. Entertainment, “It’s a total entertainment experience.”
The advent of the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2002 marked a significant step in the establishment of the contemporary American grassroots rock movement. In mid February, the event was awarded Festival of the Year at the Pollstar concert industry awards. Other nominated festivals included major pre-established events like Coachella and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Bonnaroo 2002 was heralded by patrons and press for its impeccable organization and tranquil atmosphere, as well its adventurous programming. Rolling Stone called it, “the most ambitious festival of the summer.” Bonnaroo 2002 succeeded purely by grassroots marketing techniques, selling out its 70,000 tickets in 19 days with no traditional advertising, a feat unheard of in the concert industry.
In the months following the first annual event, Bonnaroo emerged as a familiar brand name representing its own unique approach to entertainment. Last fall, Bonnaroo and Sanctuary Records released Live from Bonnaroo, a double CD featuring live tracks from the festival and a 40-page booklet. A month later the now-certified gold double DVD documentary companion to the festival, including live concert footage, interviews, and an artist photo gallery, was released. The 2003 event will also be filmed and recorded for a planned CD and DVD release later in the year.
The 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival is certain to establish the event as a far-reaching annual musical summit. A confluence of many disparate musical vistas, Bonnaroo will continue to showcase acts of all types to an audience of open-minded music lovers, allowing artists to interact with one another in a freewheeling performance atmosphere. Bonnaroo is a unique establishment uniting a specific cultural movement while expanding its horizons with influences from an unlimited spectrum of styles.
Tickets for the 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival will go on sale Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time through www.bonnaroo.com
2003 Bonnaroo Confirmed Artists:
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
The Allman Brothers Band
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Medeski Martin & Wood
Yonder Mountain String Band
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
G. Love and Special Sauce
Sound Tribe Sector 9
North Mississippi Allstars
Warren Haynes (solo)
Garage A Trois
The Polyphonic Spree
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
The (funky) Meters
The New Deal
Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Mix Master Mike
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Toots and the Maytals