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
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.
Widespread Panic will perform 2 nights at Bonnaroo! Photo by Danny Clinch
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,
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
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Bela Fleck Acoustic Trio
The Mars Volta
Yonder Mountain String Band
My Morning Jacket
Earl Scruggs & Friends
Toots and the Maytals
Iron & Wine
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Donna The Buffalo
John Butler Trio
Many more acts will be announced shortly.