by Adam Gold
Predictably, seeing as how this year the ‘Roo boasts arguably its best lineup ever, taking in an entire buffet of musical greatness is, unfortunately, a physical impossibility. The festival offers up no shortage of conflicting bookings and evenly matched showdowns, leaving festival-goers with some agonizing choices to make. Wu-Tang Clan vs. ZZ Top? Tame Impala vs. The National? Divine Fits vs. David Byrne and St. Vincent? Jim James vs. Wilco vs. The xx?? R. Kelly vs. Billy Idol vs. “Weird Al” Yankovic? Bjork vs. Beach House vs. Dwight Yoakam vs. Cat Power?! Christ!
As far as headliners go, Paul McCartney (Wings, Beatles) has the What Stage centerpiece slot on Friday night, while Mumford & Sons top the bill Saturday, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers close out the festival on Sunday night.
On the local tip, Road to Bonnaroo winner Richie kicks off the festival with the very first performance on Thursday at the New Music On Tap Lounge. Later that night, Jonny Fritz goes up against Japandroids (tough break, Corndawg.) And on Sunday, JEFF the Brotherhood joins the ranks of Bonnaroo tent players, with an afternoon set at This Tent.
Peruse the schedule and create your own itinerary over at the festival’s official site. Bonnaroo befalls Manchester June 13-16.
In other Bonnaroo news, for the first time ever, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp is offering a daily, round-trip shuttle from downtown Nashville to the festival grounds in Manchester. Which is great, because you know what camping does, right? It fucking sucks! Especially in hellacious heat and humidity. So, single-day ($112.50-$174.50) and weekend passes ($475) for that I-24-traversing magic bus go on sale this Friday, May 3, at 11 a.m., right here.