BONNAROO ANNOUNCES LINEUP! PANIC'S IN

WIDESPREAD PANIC AND DAVE MATTHEWS BAND TO PERFORM

JACK JOHNSON, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, MODEST MOUSE, ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION, AND THE MARS VOLTA AMONG THOSE CONFIRMED


Widespread Panic will perform 2 nights at Bonnaroo! Photo by Danny Clinch
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2005 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The fourth annual three-day camping and music festival will be held on June 10-12, 2005, on the same pristine 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 and numerous attractions. Now in its fourth year, the festival is a treasured summertime tradition and the ultimate experience for today's live music fan.

With its focus on spontaneity and live performance prowess, Bonnaroo is a one-of-a-kind event where top-quality artists perform freewheeling sets for unwaveringly supportive crowds. With venerable alums like Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band, and Jack Johnson returning, Bonnaroo welcomes the Dave Matthews Band for the first time. Other newcomers to the festival include rock bands Modest Mouse and The Mars Volta, soul prodigy Joss Stone, and superstar bluegrass band Alison Krauss and Union Station. The 2005 lineup also features veteran folk singer John Prine, Latin hip-hop group Ozomatli, and several up-and-coming artists including Rilo Kiley, Joanna Newsom, and Brazilian Girls. Bonnaroo also welcomes back scene favorites such as Gov't Mule, Yonder Mountain String Band, STS9, Keller Williams, and banjo master Bela Fleck with a new project, the Bela Fleck Acoustic Trio. This year's Bonnaroo lineup nods equally to tradition and progression, uniting a cultural movement while expanding its horizons with a broad spectrum of styles.

Distinguishing itself from the traditional rock festival, Bonnaroo provides its fans with an array of art and entertainment options in addition to creative music programming. The festival's non-music activities have included a 24-hour cinema, a classic arcade with over 100 games, a brewer's festival featuring the country's best micro brews, an authentic Mardi Gras parade, and much more. In 2004, Bonnaroo unveiled a special comedy tent featuring some of today's hottest comics, and introduced a gang of talented street performers who roved the grounds wowing fans. Bonnaroo is also a tech savvy event with wireless hot spots throughout the grounds, a digital message board system, an Internet café, and a music sharing village. While keeping some favorites from the festival¹s first three installments, Bonnaroo 2005 will also introduce many new surprises.

Since its inaugural event in June of 2002, Bonnaroo has continued to make a strong impact on the American music industry. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine called Bonnaroo "one of the 50 moments to change the history of rock and roll," and the New York Times noted, "Bonnaroo, in just its third year, has already revolutionized the modern rock festival." The festival is considered one of the launching pads for the careers of such popular artists as Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Los Lonely Boys, and Robert Randolph, among others, making it one of the most important appearances of the year for established and emerging acts alike.

For its magical atmosphere (a compelling backdrop for recent live album releases from North Mississippi Allstars and Warren Haynes) Bonnaroo is now recognized as an event where members of an open-minded fan base discover new acts and witness special performances by their current favorites. Bonnaroo has sold out in advance every year, solely via the Internet, with no traditional advertising. "When we first started the festival, fans responded to Bonnaroo because it was a new and interesting concept for live music, especially in this country," says Superfly's Jonathan Mayers. "It's inspiring to hear that people now feel it's become a real rite of passage for music fans."

Extending its cultural impact well beyond the festival weekend, Bonnaroo has spawned a series of corollary media products, including three volumes of live CDs and two DVD documentaries featuring live footage from the 2002 and 2003 festivals. A CD and DVD from the 2004 festival are planned for release in April 2005. Plans are also in the works for a television broadcast of footage from the festival. Bonnaroo currently offers an array of festival performances for download at Livebonnaroo.com and a 24-hour Internet radio broadcast, known as Radio Bonnaroo, on the festival web site at Bonnaroo.com.

Tickets for the 2005 Bonnaroo Music Festival will go on sale Saturday, January 29th at 10:00 AM Eastern Time through www.bonnaroo.com.

For more information go to www.bonnaroo.com.

2005 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
Widespread Panic (2 shows)
Dave Matthews Band
The Allman Brothers Band
Jack Johnson
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Modest Mouse
Gov't Mule
Bela Fleck Acoustic Trio
The Mars Volta
John Prine
Yonder Mountain String Band
My Morning Jacket
Keller Williams
STS9
Earl Scruggs & Friends
Joss Stone
O.A.R.
Toots and the Maytals
Umphrey's McGee
Iron & Wine
Ozomatli
Rilo Kiley
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Drive-By Truckers
Particle
Joanna Newsom
Xavier Rudd
Ray Lamontagne
The Gourds
Secret Machines
Donna The Buffalo
John Butler Trio
Ollabelle
Citizen Cope
Brazilian Girls
M. Ward
Madeleine Peyroux

Many more acts will be announced shortly.

http://www.bonnaroo.com

[Published on: 1/19/05]

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