Jan 12, 2022 - Things to Do

Bonnaroo announces 2022 lineup after two-year hiatus

The Bonnaroo crowd at the festival in 2019
The Bonnaroo crowd at the festival in 2019. Photo: Josh Brasted/WireImage

Bonnaroo is sticking close to its roots for a comeback this summer.

  • The new 2022 lineup includes Bonnaroo's trademark mix of established icons (Stevie Nicks, Tool, The Chicks) and contemporary hitmakers (21 Savage, J. Cole, Machine Gun Kelly).

Why it matters: 2022 is a high-stakes year for Bonnaroo following two consecutive cancellations that put the festival that remade Manchester on shaky ground.

Between the lines: The back-to-back disappointments dealt a financial blow to the festival, its vendors, and Manchester.

  • There's also an air of uncertainty within the concert industry due to the Omicron surge.

The latest: Organizers pushed past those disappointments, projecting their familiar brand of positivity when unveiling the new lineup.

  • Tickets go on sale Thursday. The festival is set to kick off June 16.
  • The bottom line: You know the roster is stacked when megawatt stars such as Ludacris and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss don't make the top line of the poster.

💭 Nate's thought bubble: Rumors swirled this week that Live Nation, Bonnaroo's owner, would skimp on the lineup after the financial losses of the last two years.

  • Instead, organizers are offering a deep and musically diverse mix. In non-pandemic years, this lineup would almost certainly sell out.
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