• Bonnaroo Promoter Explains Kanye West Booking: 'Everyone Has Moved On'

    February 20, 2014 2:10 PM ET
     |  Jon Blistein

    When Bonnaroo organizers announced the lineup for this year's festival, one name was the clear, surprising standout: Kanye West. In 2008, the rapper walked onstage at 4:45 a.m., delivered an underwhelming set and then, nine days later, slammed festival organizers on his blog for giving him a daytime slot that ran counter to his Glow in the Dark Tour stage set-up. But that's all, apparently, in the past. In a new interview with Relix, Bonnaroo promoter Rick Farman explain...  | More »

  • Bonnaroo Sets Dates for 2014

    August 16, 2013 8:25 AM ET
     |  Erin Coulehan

    Even as this summer's festival season begins winding to a close, it's not too soon to start making plans for next year's: Bonnaroo, for example, will return for four days June 12th-June 15th in Manchester, Tennessee, marking its 13th year.  Tom Petty Reflects on 'Wonderful Audience' at Bonnaroo In celebration of this year's festival, organizers have shared a documentary, Be Free, directed by Jay Sansone, that encompasses the experience of the fes...  | More »

  • Video: Jim James, John Oates Dive Into Bonnaroo 2013 Superjam

    July 29, 2013 2:45 PM ET

    My Morning Jacket's Jim James linked up with John Oates for this year's Superjam at Bonnaroo, digging into a diverse set that featured cuts by John Lennon, Prince and Sly and the Family Stone and guests including R. Kelly and Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes. However, despite the carefree vibe of the session, an incredible amount of work preceded the celebration. In this exclusive clip (the first of an eight-part series), James, Oates and others reflect on the process and jam out...  | More »

  • Tom Petty Reflects on Bonnaroo

    June 19, 2013 9:00 AM ET
     |  Patrick Doyle

    "I predict we're going to have an incredible time tonight," Tom Petty told his Bonnaroo audience late Sunday night. He delivered; as fire lanterns drifted into the sky and the rain poured, Petty led mass sing-alongs of his hits, from "Here Comes My Girl" to "Free Fallin'" – and drew huge cheers during tight covers of "Friend of the Devil" and "Baby Please Don't Go." "It smells really good at Bonnaroo," Petty said at one point. "I swear it smells like pot." Bonnaroo 2013:...  | More »

  • Tame Impala on Touring, Success and Festival Crowds

    June 18, 2013 4:00 PM ET
     |  Patrick Doyle

    Kevin Parker recorded Tame Impala's psychedelic masterpiece Lonerism mostly alone in a Paris apartment, but he had no problem recreating it live when the Aussie band played Bonnaroo on Sunday, finding deep grooves in "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." "Playing live is a different beast altogether," Parker tells Rolling Stone. "It's somewhere between flying a plane and playing a game. If you fuck it up, it's going to cost you."  Still, he admits he's no...  | More »

  • Photos: Bonnaroo's Headiest Hippies Tell All

    June 18, 2013 2:10 PM ET

    Tie-dye, psychedelics and the occassional striptease – what really goes down in central Tennessee  | More »

  • Photos: The Best of Bonnaroo 2013

    June 17, 2013 2:55 PM ET

    Close to 200 acts performed this year. Here are the top 14  | More »

  • Jack Johnson Saves the Day at Bonnaroo 2013

    June 16, 2013 11:16 AM ET
     |  Patrick Doyle and Adam Gold

    Midway through his Bonnaroo headlining set last night after a last-minute cancellation by Mumford & Sons, Jack Johnson announced he had written a song about the festival. Over a slow-rolling acoustic progression, he told the story of being on the way to Manchester, Tennessee to play a surprise late-night gig with friends Animal Liberation Orchestra when he received a call. "[They said] can you get a band together in two days?" Johnson sang, "I don’t know, it’s been a year or s...  | More »

  • Video: Watch the Bonnaroo 2013 Festival

    June 15, 2013 3:05 PM ET

    Not everyone can make it down to Manchester, Tennessee for Bonnaroo's massive line-up this weekend, but folks stuck at home can take in some of the action through the festival broadcast on Ustream. Performances on Saturday and Sunday include sets by Jack Johnson, Kendrick Lamar and the National. Broadcast Schedule (Eastern time): Saturday 4:45 – Lord Huron5:45 – Nas6:15 – Four Tet8:15 – Matt & Kim9:15 – The Lumineers10:30 – Jack Johnson12:30 &n...  | More »

  • Photos: Bonnaroo 2013: Behind the Scenes

    June 15, 2013 2:15 PM ET

    Kendrick Lamar, The National, A$AP Rocky and more hang out at the Tennessee festival  | More »

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