Yes! It’s true, from rap to folk, funk to punk, can’t-miss acts, prog to rock and beyond — Bonnaroooooooooooooooooo!!! biggest, dirtiest and perhaps best music event. Yes maybe they have only recently released their debut records…. So What! Or maybe they’ve played very few shows… So What! Maybe they’ve only recently debuted solo projects… So What! Or maybe you’ve never even heard of them… So What!
Regardless, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is one of the best festivals that occurs all summer and this years (Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival 2013) line-up is eclectic, featuring Paul McCartney, Nas, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, The Lumineers, The XX, Pretty Lights, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Of Monsters and Men, A-Trak, Wu-Tang Clan, Weird Al, and many others.
However, there is quite a long list of big names who have yet to visit Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. on a 700-acre farm. I’ve decided to compile a list of superstars, buzzing bands or headlining acts never played at Bonnaroo:
Daft Punk – Daft Punk have never graced the grounds with their insatiable brand of dance-ready euphoria.
Prince – Prince has never played Bonnaroo either, and it’s a shame because the adoring fans in Manchester embrace genre-busting virtuosity and genuine soul better than any music festival in America.
U2 – Bonnaroo has never been able to lock down the oft-cited “Biggest Band in the World” in any years of its existence.
Led Zeppelin – Every year, the buzz kicks up that Bonnaroo has the miraculous power to get Plant, Page and John Paul Jones back on the same stage. It hasn’t happened yet, and it likely never will happen.
Pink Floyd – Just like the Zeppelin reunion chatter, the Bonnaroo faithful routinely hold out for David Gilmour and Roger Waters to once again join forces for a night of Pink Floyd.
Outkast – There are millions of adoring Outkast fans clamoring for the ATLiens to record new music together and tour for the masses. Big Boi played Bonnaroo in 2011, but Andre 3000 has never been to the farm. Here’s to hoping Outkast reunites to thrill the Bonnaroo faithful sometime down the line.
Foo Fighters – Perhaps the biggest oversight in the history of Bonnaroo booking (even more so than not landing Daft Punk) is the fact that Foo Fighters have never played the hottest festival in America.
Green Day – Somehow, Bille Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool have never graced any of Bonnaroo’s stages. Green Day would’ve fit the bill for a headlining slot on just about any lineup since the festival’s inception – especially post-‘American Idiot’ – but, for one reason or another (likely repeat stints on Warped Tour), the world’s biggest pop-punks are still Bonnaroo virgins.
Coldplay – Few bands’ stars have grown brighter right in step with Bonnaroo’s explosion in popularity as that of Coldplay. However, despite their constant touring and frequent festival headlining slots, Coldplay have never graced Bonnaroo.
Justin Timberlake – JT is arguably the biggest pop star in the world, and, as the breakout success of ‘The 20/20 Experience’ proved on the charts, he has more crossover appeal than just about anybody. Bonnaroo pretty much never fails to sell out, but the inclusion of JT on any year’s lineup would guarantee a headliner who can appeal to the diverse masses.