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Springsteen and Phish to headline Bonnaroo 09

Sarah Zupko

Springsteen and Phish to headline Bonnaroo 09

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. 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

Wilco

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

MGMT

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The Decemberists

Girl Talk

Bon Iver

Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Galactic

The Del McCoury Band

of Montreal

Allen Toussaint

Coheed and Cambria

Booker T & the DBTs

David Grisman Quintet

Lucinda Williams

Animal Collective

Gomez

Neko Case

Down

Jenny Lewis

Santogold

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

Cherryholmes

Yeasayer

Todd Snider

Chairlift

Portugal. The Man.

The SteelDrivers

Midnite

The Knux

The Low Anthem

Delta Spirit

A.A. Bondy

The Lovell Sisters

Alberta Cross

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