Bonnaroo’s 2013 Lineup Is Too ‘Old’ — It Needs Younger Performers

Wed, February 20, 2013 10:33am EST by 43 Comments
Bonnaroo Lineup 2013
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The lineup for Bonnaroo 2013 has been announced, and what a huge disappointment! Paul McCartney? Snooze! Find out why I will NOT be attending this year’s event.

Paul McCartney, 70, will perform at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee in June along with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Bjork and Wilco. Aside from Mumford & Sons, who took home a Grammy for Album of the Year, this entire lineup is such a bore! Where are the young performers like Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift? Or how about One Direction

“Top to bottom, this is one of the strongest lineups we have ever had,” Bonnaroo spokesman Jeff Cuellar said in an interview. “Looking at the festival landscape out there … no other American festival has Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney and Bjork all under one roof.”

I actually feel sorry for Jeff and the festival as a whole if this is one of the “strongest” lineups they’ve ever had. Considering that Bonnaroo is among the top live music gatherings of the year, you would think they’d pick more popular, younger performers to hit the stage.

The lineup also also includes R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne & St. Vincent, ZZ Top, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Gov’t Mule and Dwight Yoakam. Weird Al, really? I think I was 12-years-old when I last bought an album of his — and he’s 53-years-old. Who knew he still made music.

Bonnaroo should take some inspiration from events such as the iHeart Radio Music Festival. They had acts like Rihanna, Green Day and Taylor Swift. Millions of young fans attended and it was a huge success. Don’t expect any wardrobe malfunctions or racy performances — you know, the fun stuff — this year.

One thing’s for certain — I will not be attending the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this year. Hopefully, they’ll learn their lesson this year and come up with a much better lineup in 2014.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree?

— Chris Rogers

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Posted at 1:30 AM on June 10, 2013  

This is retarded. Bonaroo-goers go for good music. Good music has no age. Neither Taylor Swift nor Kelley Clarkson have good music. Clarkson can sing, but she doesn’t sing good songs. Rihanna has some pretty good, lesser known songs, but I’ve heard she doesn’t even sing them at her shows. If those 3 and One Direction were playing in place of McCartney, Petty and ZZ Top, I would not go.

P.S. I’m 18 years old. not some old man.

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Posted at 4:52 PM on May 30, 2013  

I’m sorry, but you need to do your damn research before you slam a festival for it’s line-up, as you clearly know NOTHING about this festival.

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Posted at 1:08 PM on May 30, 2013  

Your article is bad and you should feel bad.

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Posted at 10:29 AM on May 30, 2013  

It AMAZES me how bad this article is. Im 27 and you literally tried to put Paul McCartney on the same level as One Direction & Kelly Clarkson blows my mind :O.. This is truly one of the more un-informed articles I have seen on music in a long time. It is amazing this is suppose to be serious

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Posted at 2:49 PM on April 24, 2013  

You are an absolute fucking idiot. You’re allowed to have whatever music taste you prefer but don’t go and tell me that any of those mainstream artists you listed deserve to headline one of the biggest festivals of the year over a legend like Paul McCartney. One Direction? HAHAHAHA. People like you piss me off.

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To Each His Own

Posted at 1:03 PM on April 21, 2013  

Well, I am voting for DREW IMAGINATION to perform and he is a new and young Hip Hop Artist! So, there!!

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trey anastasio

Posted at 4:46 PM on February 27, 2013  

this is HILARIOUS! HAHAHAHAHAH bro, you are a total IDIOT! do you not know what Roo is??? these acts are nothing compared to who bonnaroo booked. you are ill kid….

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Posted at 1:00 PM on February 26, 2013  

this will be my 6th time seeing paul mccartney…. and i’m 26. the first time i saw him? when i was 13. don’t be so naive to think a younger generation does not (and should not) love, adore, and admire the music of our past. they are the legendary base for which music is built upon today. OG and tops.

most importantly, however, not everyone has an of understanding based solely upon what is fed to them on the radio and MTV.

i think you are misunderstanding what type of music festival bonnaroo is: if you want a rihanna-taylor-kelly music festival this is what you should do…

(and stay away from ours)

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Posted at 11:25 AM on February 25, 2013  

this was a satirical article right?? if not… wow…

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Posted at 2:03 AM on February 25, 2013  

If you think Kelly Clarkson, Rhianna, and T Swift should play Roo, you are clearly not tin their main demographic

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Sean Slattery

Posted at 8:24 PM on February 24, 2013  

Seriously you are a moron. McCartney and Petty are legends, and old or young audience, they both put on an awesome show. You should give some real artists a chance and maybe next year you won’t be wishing for Taylor Swift and the other pop flavors of the week.

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Matt Henry

Posted at 6:49 PM on February 24, 2013  

Is this a joke one direction and swift first things first guys like Paul will not be around to much longer and hello he’s a god among men when it comes to music u can see any of those teen acts for another 20 plus years but not Paul swing him would be a music fans dream u know nothing vary sad

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Posted at 9:49 AM on February 23, 2013  

Can you imagine the farm full of Rhianna and Taylor Swift fans?! lol. The lines for the misting tents and sponsors booths would be a mile long and the stages and tents would be empty all day.

Chris Roders, just stick to blogging about what you know. It’s clear you don’t belong anywhere near Bonnaroo.

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Posted at 5:34 PM on February 23, 2013  

well said. this is the dumbest thing i read, go to your beiber concerts lol

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