The 2023 music festival season changed gears from anticipation to reality as The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announced its lineup. This year’s festival runs from June 15 through June 18 and it’s located in Manchester, TN. A long-time tradition for middle Tennessee and beyond, Bonnaroo is known for its eclectic lineups and positive vibes.
Last year marked the return of the festival after missing 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and 2021 because of an unfortunately-timed hurricane which made much of the festival site unusable. The return of the festival was greeted with joy by Bonnaroovians—the fest’s faithful following—but, like many returning festivals, did see lighter than usual attendance for a variety of reasons. The fan theory going in to this year was that the 2023 Bonnaroo lineup was going to be a must-see and bring back the 80,000+ crowds that we were used to…and for many, this was proven true. Indeed, if social media reactions are any indicator, this year’s festival may sell out quickly.
Topping the bill is multi-Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, the legendary Foo Fighters, and the return of EDM favorites, ODESZA. The addition of Foo Fighters to the lineup came as a surprise to many music fans considering the loss of their drummer, Taylor Hawkins, in 2022. The set is sure to be more than just a playlist of the band’s hits, but also a chance for their fans to connect and heal after that tragic loss.
The 2023 Bonnaroo lineup also includes plenty of artists who have been featured on East of 8th or our Americana blog, Mother Church Pew, over the years including festival-faves My Morning Jacket, Paramore, The Revivalists, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Molly Tuttle, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. There’s also plenty of other artists who frequent our playlists like Lil Nas X, Charley Crockett, girl in red, Danielle Ponder, and Jenny Lewis. For us, the biggest surprises are the return of Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet and the inclusion of metal rockers, Korn. Keen eyes will also notice on the poster that there are still more acts to be announced including the bands playing in Outeroo (smaller stages set up in the campgrounds) as well as the festival’s famous SuperJam.
Following the release of the Bonnaroo 2023 lineup, the Early Access Sale of tickets starts today, January 12th at 10 AM Central Time, and can be accessed at this link. Remember, that one of the things that makes Bonnaroo such an amazing festival is the availability of plenty of camping grounds to accommodate the huge crowd. There’s no need for hotels, Lyfts, or fighting a daily battle for parking. However, you do need a ticket and a camping pass. This year, the type of camping experience you chose is not tied to the type of pass that you purchase, so make sure you explore all options.
This will be East of 8th’s fifth year on The Farm and we can’t wait to see you there! Keep an eye out as we share more Bonnaroo content as we get closer to the 2023 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival!
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