The recession helped hasten the demise of a few festivals last year, but at least there's one thing a music fan can count on: there will be a Bonnaroo in 2010. The ninth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announced today it would once again call Manchester, Tennessee home from June 10th to 13th, 2010. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at the Bonnaroo official Website starting November 27th. Like last year, fans will have the option of purchasing their tickets via rock & roll layaway (five installments of $50 rather than the lump fee).
The lineup for the 2010 Bonnaroo will be announced in late January/early February, but this year's festival will be hard to top: Not only did Manchester get two nights of the reunited Phish, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band headlined Saturday night, and the two headliners closed out the festival by performing together during Phish's Sunday night slot. (Check out all our 2009 Bonnaroo coverage here.) Other artists at 'Roo '09 include the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Animal Collective and Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Looking ahead to 2010, it seems like the reunited Pavement might be destined for a headlining slot (Stephen Malkmus is a 'Roo vet having played the festival in 2006). Phish is also a good bet, as are this year's Super Bowl halftime performers the Who. And call us crazy, but we're gonna go out on a limb and predict Guns n' Roses, who have already scheduled shows in Asia and Canada, will bring Chinese Democracy to Tennessee in 2010.
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