Phish and Springsteen Set to Headline Bonnaroo 2009

February 3, 2009 12:00 AM ET

As Rolling Stone first predicted in December 2008, Phish will headline two nights at this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band also topping the bill. While the two marquee acts don't really come as a surprise following months of rumors and speculation, the talent underneath the headliners is sure to drop some jaws: The Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, Snoop Dogg, David Byrne, Al Green, TV on the Radio and many more will be on hand at the Manchester, Tennessee festival on June 11-14th. Tickets go on sale February 7th, and are being offered in a recession-happy plan that includes five $50 payments.

Need more incentive to attend? How about Animal Collective, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Elvis Costello, MGMT, Girl Talk, the Mars Volta, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Merle Haggard and more as 120 bands and over 20 comedians will perform at the 2009 festival. (Want to put yourself in a festive mood? Browse a photo gallery of Bonnaroo 2009's lineup). For Phish fans, this festival provides an opportunity to get some tickets after the Live Nation ticket troubles from last weekend. The addition of Phish also represents the 'Roo reconnecting with its more jam-band-oriented past after a few years that saw bands like Tool and Metallica serve as headliners. Other jam-friendly acts on the bill include moe., Gov't Mule and the Del McCoury Band. Bonnaroo organizers promise to add more acts in the coming weeks.

Of course, Rock Daily will be all over Bonnaroo this summer, giving you reports from the frontlines and front rows. While we pack up the Winnebago, check out the full list of announced artists below and compare it to the recently announced Coachella lineup:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov't Mule
Andrew Bird
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
Of Montreal
Band of Horses
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King

Grizzly Bear King Sunny Ade
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Toure
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross

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