The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, deemed Best Festival by this very publication, has announced the dates for next year's fest: June 11-14, 2009 at its home in Manchester, TN. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Thursday, December 4th. Perhaps adapting to the current economic recession, for the first time Bonnaroo is allowing customers to buy tickets as part of a payment plan comprised of five installments of $50 each. When the first batch of early bird tickets are sold out, the price will rise from $209.50 to $224.50 and upwards until it peaks at the presale price of $249.50, plus all those taxes and fees. The lineup for this year's festival will be announced early next year. Metallica, Kanye West, Pearl Jam and My Morning Jacket were among 2008's biggest draws.
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