Springsteen and Phish to headline Bonnaroo 09

by Sarah Zupko

3 February 2009


Hot on the heels of his Superbowl halftime appearance, it’s been announced that Bruce Springsteen will headline the 2009 edition of music festival mainstay Bonnaroo. The festival locked in an exclusive here as this will be Springsteen’s only North American festival performance in 2009. The promoters also named jam band faves Phish for their only festival performance of 2009. In an increasingly crowded festival marketplace and facing down a disastrous economy, these moves should ensure Bonnaroo outperforms much of its competition this summer.

As always Bonnaroo will take place on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. This year the event runs from June 11 through the 14th. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Springsteen and Phish to headline Bonnaroo 09

Without further ado, here is the 2009 line-up:

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
Band of Horses
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
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 Adé
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 Touré
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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