Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2004 Bonnaroo Music Festival. Confirmed acts include The Dead, Bob Dylan, David Byrne, Dave Matthews & Friends and Trey Anastasio. The third annual three-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11-13, 2004, on the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, with more to be announced in the coming weeks to round out the festival’s 60-plus acts.

With an increasingly adventurous lineup, Bonnaroo continues to grow creatively while retaining the core concepts that launched it. With Bonnaroo alums like The Dead and Trey Anastasio returning, the 2004 festival welcomes veteran icon Bob Dylan for the first time. Dave Matthews will also make his first Bonnaroo appearance with Dave Matthews & Friends, an all-star band with Tim Reynolds and Trey Anastasio. The festival lineup also boasts a fresh crop of performers in a variety of styles and formats, including Nigerian afro-beat star Femi Kuti, singer-songwriter Damien Rice, reggae veteran Burning Spear, and rock iconoclast David Byrne. There are also prominent country artists such as Willie Nelson and Gillian Welch, and hard-hitting rock bands like Kings of Leon and a reunited Primus. Other returning acts include moe., Galactic, Gov’t Mule, String Cheese Incident, Medeski Martin & Wood, North Mississippi Allstars and My Morning Jacket. “Bonnaroo fans appreciate great music of all kinds,” says A.C. Entertainment’s Ashley Capps. “We want to reinforce that sentiment with adventurous booking that builds on a solid foundation of grassroots rock.” With a lineup that nods equally to tradition and progression, Bonnaroo unites a specific cultural movement while expanding its horizons with influences from an infinite spectrum of styles.

Attractions and activities in a variety of formats make Bonnaroo a complete entertainment experience that surpasses the traditional rock festival setup. The event will once again include an array of attractions and extras. In previous years, Bonnaroo has featured adornments like a huge lighted water fountain, amusements like the “Globe of Death” motorcycle stunts, and the musical novelties of the Cover Band Tent. The festival site is a bustling virtual village, complete with an Internet café, an arcade, a cinema tent, and dozens of high quality food and craft vendors from around the country. While keeping many favorites from the festival’s first two installments, Bonnaroo 2004 will introduce some exciting new surprises. Festival organizers will continue to utilize its corporate partners’ resources to add additional attractions and benefits for the fans. “Our goal is to continue to create the ultimate festival experience,” says Capps.

Quickly established as the premier American rock festival, Bonnaroo won the Pollstar “Festival of the Year” award in its inaugural year. In its second year, Rolling Stone called it “The American rock festival to end all festivals.” Since its inception, music fans have responded feverishly. Bonnaroo 2002 and 2003 both sold out in less than three weeks through the festival web site, with no traditional advertising. The festival’s wild popularity has spawned a series of innovative media projects, including three volumes of Live >From Bonnaroo CD compilations and two DVD documentary companions.

With the announcement of Bonnaroo 2004’s initial lineup, organizers, artists, and thousands of fans are gearing up for another magical three-day music experience in Manchester, Tennessee. Now in its third year, the festival is a focal point of the summer concert scene and a cultural happening like no other.

Tickets for the 2004 Bonnaroo Music Festival will go on sale Saturday,
February 21st at 10:00 AM Eastern Time through

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2004 Bonnaroo Confirmed Artists:
The Dead
Dave Matthews & Friends
Bob Dylan
Trey Anastasio
Willie Nelson
David Byrne
Burning Spear
String Cheese Incident
Ani DiFranco
Gov't Mule
Los Lobos
Yo La Tengo
Femi Kuti
Medeski Martin & Wood
Yonder Mountain String Band
Damien Rice
North Mississippi Allstars
Hill Country Review
Beth Orton
My Morning Jacket
Gillian Welch
The Del McCoury Band
Taj Mahal
Sam Bush Band
Vida Blue feat. the Spam Allstars
Los Lonely Boys
Kings of Leon
Bill Laswell’s Material
Neko Case
Leftover Salmon
Cut Chemist
Chris Robinson
Umphrey's McGee
The Black Keys
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
The Bad Plus
Marc Broussard
Donovan Frankenreiter
Blue Merle

Many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks!

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[Published on: 2/14/04]

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