The third annual Bonnaroo Music Festival is confirmed to take place June 11 - 13, 2004. The three-day camping and music festival will once again be held on the same pristine, 600-acre farm in Manchester, TN, 60 miles southeast of Nashville.

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 Music Festival 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.

photo by Tony Stack
The 2003 lineup included Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, moe., Galactic, Warren Haynes, Keller Williams, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Particle, North Mississippi Allstars, James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band, Sonic Youth, Tortoise, O.A.R., Sound Tribe Sector 9, Antibalas, 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 ventured into hip-hop and electronic avenues with acts like The Roots, Kid Koala, Mix Master Mike, RJD2, and Z-Trip.

The 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival established the event as a far-reaching annual musical summit. A confluence of many disparate musical vistas, Bonnaroo 2003 continued 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.

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[Published on: 12/30/03]

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