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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