Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Paul Wilkins, Live Nation • June 8, 2017
If you're planning your 2017 trip to Bonnaroo, and spent too much time deciding on who gets to sleep in which tent or how many pairs of underwear you're going to bring, have no fear. I just planned out all the music for you so you can focus on other things.
From Lorde to Noname to Aminé to Red Hot Chili Peppers to freaking U2, there is SO much going on this weekend at Bonnaroo (duh, that's why you bought a ticket), so let me help you scroll through all the set times and oddly named tents so we can get to the good stuff. I've included the big names and also some up-and-coming acts for you to peruse and get your interest piqued.
If somehow you're not headed down to Manchester, Tennessee, you can still catch some of these great acts on the annual Bonnaroo live stream right here!
And hey, if you're still struggling on packing, just remember to pack at least twice the amont of underwear you actually think you need. Trust me.
Francis & The Lights
Francis & The Lights illuminates his mysterious persona by taking the stage during his live show, often bringing along the famous friends he's garnered in his swift come-up. At Governors Ball, he brought up Chance the Rapper, so there's no telling which gem of an artist he will surprise fans with on Friday -- Kanye? Bon Iver? Who knows! Not to mention his music is this glitchy, moody pop masterpiece that you should check out regardless of surprises.
New Music On Tap Lounge Brewed By Miller Lite
Follow Melina Duterte to the lonely depths of her mind where she marinates on her every move and ponders her place in social situations. Jay Som is patient and chill, enough to give you a little break from all the Bonnaroo gallivanting and get in touch with your emotional space. It's all guitars and breathy vocals and atmospheric harmonies with pop notions.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The iconic New Orleans band is bringing their big brass up to Tennessee for Bonnaroo. The huge show, where the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be playing their new songs from the recently released So It Is, is a guaranteed good time, so don't miss it.
Glass Animals' How To Be A Human Being was an unexpected hit last year among pop and rock lovers, who dug the band's quirky hip-hop and tribal flavors in their kooky brand of indie music. You might need a few lessons on how to be a human being once you're smack dab in that sweaty festival, so make sure to stop by and make a connection with the others dancing around you.
U2 are bringing their Joshua Tree tour to the main stage on Friday night, where they'll celebrate 30 years of the iconic album. The album was made in 1987, a tulmultous time when a miners strike was the center of British politics. The album applies today's events as well. U2 will be a powerful way to end the night, plus it'll leave you hyper aware. It won't hurt to sing along to every song too.
It's late at night in Manchester, and you don't know where to go. Don't worry! Bonnaroo rages 'til the early morn. Major Lazer (that's Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire) are taking the Which Stage early in the morning to keep you dancing. The trio has a few new cuts to play for fans, and they've also got a lot of creative friends that might come help them out.
The Front Bottoms
Get emo with The Front Bottoms in the afternoon on Sunday, when you still might be recovering from the partying from the night before. Cuddle up on the grass and try on your best New Jersey accent with the indie rock band, who will help you get in touch with your heart.
Speaking of getting in touch with your heart, Jon Bellion can help you do the same, except in a more powered-up, dancey way. The Human Condition artist will serve up his decadent vocals with a side of honesty at Bonnaroo. And if even if you don't connect directly, you will most definitely catch a contagious bug that'll get your hips movin' and your glutes squattin'.
Ready to turn up? Tory Lanez will get the real party started with his set. The rapper has quickly become known for his rowdy shows, where he'll crowd-surf into the audience and climb any structure that seems semi-sturdy. If you can handle that intensity, launch yourself in the middle of the mosh pit and go crazy.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
What they got you gotta get it put it in you, so head to see Saturday night's headliners, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If you've been following the raucous rockers, you'll be getting a lot of new tracks of their most recent album, The Getaway. If you just enjoy the Red Hot Chili Peppers for their hits, you'll get the same ol' funk and slap bass you signed up for.
When you're done watching RHCP, you'll probably be in the mood for more rock 'n roll. That's why you wind down with Umphrey's McGee, will take the stage at That Tent suuuuuuuper late. The ultimate jammers will blow your mind with crazy guitar riffs and even more of the yummy bass. Umphrey's is on for a good hour and a half, so you'll have plenty of time. Either that or you could see them during the day on Sunday, when they'll play at 5:15 p.m. on the Which Stage. Let's hope they get their beauty sleep for two shows in less than 24 hours.
Tank & The Bangas
Tank & the Bangas recently blew music critics away when they played the Tiny Desk concert at NPR. The group is one-half hip-hop and another half jazzy, groovy R&B. If you see one set at Bonnaroo, it has to be this one. You'll be blown away by their brand of funk-soul mixed with spoken word and beautiful rapped poetry.
Sometimes hip-hop can get very heavy and hard, but Noname injects a bit of chill into her raps. With a live band and a natural flow, you'll be riding that wave all throughout the rest of the festival. Grab a cold brew and just bliss out as you watch the up-and-coming rapper deliver a soulful, conversational set that'll have you mesmerized.
One of the internet's favorite rappers will manifest his viral hits onstage this weekend. Meet Aminé on Sunday evening for a dose of "Caroline," or maybe take that new "REDMERCEDES" out for a drive. Either way, come prepared to bounce.
Skepta's one of the biggest rappers out of the U.K. right now, and he's spreading the hype of grime across the Atlantic. With endless raps and songs with a message, Skepta has a giant cult following, so maybe you'll be a part of it on Sunday?
Whether you're saving a spot at the front of the stage for The Weeknd, who will close out Bonnaroo, or if you're a die-hard Lorde fan, either way, you'll be entertained to the core. The New Zealand former teen prodigy is previewing her new album, Melodrama, and will be taking you through the emotions of a night out on the town. With a bit of performance art, crazy costumes and the witchy vocals we've grown to love, Lorde will take you higher than you thought you could ever go.
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