Bonnaroo announces 2022 lineup after two-year hiatus
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.
- COVID-19 shuttered the festival in 2020 while the remnants of Hurricane Ida forced a last-minute cancellation in 2021.
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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