Initial Bonnaroo lineup announced


The first wave of acts appearing at the venerable Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival, held each year in Tennesse were announced and there is no Led Zeppelin as rumors would have it, but there is the all-female cover band Lez Zeppelin! Metallica and Pearl Jam are the big headliners.

The festival will be held in Manchester, TN from June 12-15. Other acts appearing include Kanye West, Jack Johnson, the Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, M.I.A., Drive-By Truckers, Phil Lesh & Friends, Death Cab For Cutie, Vampire Weekend, Levon Helm, the Raconteurs and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Bonnaroo’s Comedy Tent will host Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Mike Birbiglia, Jim Norton, Brian Posehn and David Cross.

Most of the lineup is pretty stellar and very strong top to bottom. Good mix of different acts that doesn’t lean too heavily on one particular genre. But Metallica? Really? Didn’t Bonnaroo see their unintentionally funny documentary Some Kind of Monster? I thought it was sort of the giant fork in their career’s back, but whatevs.

We’re excited to check out Mason Jennings, Ben Folds, Yonder Mountain String Band, Drive-By Truckers, etc.

The final Bonnaroo 2008 lineup will total more than 100 bands and 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through on Feb. 16 at noon.

“I actually feel like it’s one of our strongest lineups to date and it strengthens our diversity within our programming,” Superfly Productions president Jonathan Mayers tells Superfly and A.C. Entertainment are co-producers of Bonnaroo. “I know we still have a lot more to add, too, so I’m excited about it and feel like we’re going to have a very successful year.”

This year, Bonnaroo is offering ticket buyers the option to purchase a commemorative DVD of the 2008 festival that will be sent to them in December. These DVDs will feature exclusive performances and backstage footage from the upcoming event, in a 5.1 audio mix created from Bonnaroo’s soundboard recordings.

Complete list of acts so far after the jump.

Here are confirmed artists for the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival:

Pearl Jam
Jack Johnson
Kanye West
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Phil Lesh & Friends
My Morning Jacket
The Allman Brothers Band
The Raconteurs
Willie Nelson
Death Cab For Cutie
B.B. King
Sigur Ros
Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road
Ben Folds
The Bluegrass Allstars feat. Luke Bulla, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton
Umphrey’s McGee
Iron & Wine
Yonder Mountain String Band
Swell Season
Talib Kweli
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival
Broken Social Scene
Robert Randolph Gospel Show
Rilo Kiley
Gogel Bordello
Lupe Fiasco
Against Me!
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Pat Green
Tegan & Sara
Solomon Burke
Drive-By Truckers
The Avett Brothers
Israel Vibrations
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck
Phil Lesh / Larry Campbell / Jackie Green
Aimee Mann
The Fiery Furnaces
Orchestra Baobab
Ghostland Observatory
Jose Gonzalez
Dark Star Orchestra
Minus The Bear
Donavon Frankenreiter
Lez Zeppelin
State Radio
Jakob Dylan
Two Gallants
The Sword
Vampire Weekend
Little Feat
Nicole Atkins
The Felice Brothers
Mason Jennings
The Lee Boys
Black Kids
Serena Ryder
Steel Train
Grupo Fantasma
Back Door Slam

Bonnaroo Comedy:
Bonnaroo Late Night Chat About with David Cross
Janeane Garofalo
Zach Galifianakis
Jim Norton
Brian Posehn
Mike Birbiglia
John Mulaney
Michelle Buteau

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