The official lineup for Bonnaroo 2016, has been officially revealed after a leak earlier in the year, with LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam, and Dead & Company headlining. The announcement took place on the late-night TBS talk show Conan.
This year's lineup includes, LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Miguel, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, Vince Staples, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Ween, Blood Orange, Shamir, Mavis Staples, J. Cole, Purity Ring, Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram), Dungen, Ellie Goulding, Kamasi Washington, Chris Stapleton, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Twin Peaks, Natalie Prass, Judd Apatow, Hundred Waters, Waxahatchee, Beach Fossils, Leon Bridges, FIDLAR, and plenty of other fantastic artists.
Unlike some other music festivals, especially those of the urban variety, festivalgoers at Bonnaroo have a unique bonding experience. Although the mud, blazing temperatures, location, and facilities are not ideal, the "Bonnaroovians" band together, camping next to one another in massive plots of lands and showering in the inevitable rain.
Further, most that come to Bonnaroo do not live in the near vicinity of Manchester, Tennessee. Thus, these fans will have to decide between splurging on a price-gouged hotel room, or camping in the grass and dirt with their fellow festival attendees. Many choose to camp, creating a nonstop, 96 hour party with new friends from all walks of life and corners of the planet. If any festival embodies the spirit of Woodstock, it is Bonnaroo.
Bonnaroo is also an extremely environmentally conscious event, offering a "refill revolution," in which festivalgoers can purchase $15 dollar cups which they can carry for the duration of the festival. This eliminates the waste of paper cups, beer bottles, etc., as these cups can be used at refill stations throughout the festival. The festival site also contains "Planet Roo." The area is " a haven for sustainability and global consciousness," according to Bonnaroo's website. The feeling of environmental responsibility along with communal living gives this exciting festival a nostalgic charm.