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Ten Must-See Groups at Bonnaroo This Weekend

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With over 200 acts to choose from, who should you see at the Bonnaroo Festival?

Ten Must-See Groups at Bonnaroo This Weekend

This weekend is the thirteenth annual Bonnaroo Festival, the sprawling, four-day music festival in Manchester, Tennessee that draws some of the biggest-name performers in the music industry today, along with up-and-comers of every genre imaginable. From Thursday through Sunday, over two hundred musical acts and thousands of fans descend upon the site, camping in tents and immersing themselves in the music. Whether you're down south to see the show now or watching clips from home, here are ten acts that are not to be missed!


This French alt-rock band debuted their first album in 2000 and have been on their way ever since. They've spent most of the past year on tour for new album Bankrupt! Will this performance live up to the hype of the critically adored 2009 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album? We think so!

Vampire Weekend

NYC indie-rockers Vampire Weekend describe their sound as "Upper West Side Soweto" and they've been on the scene since their first, self-titled album dropped in 2006. Their unique sound and lyrics have been heard at Bonnaroo before and we are thrilled to see them back. An indie crowd-pleaser for sure.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae is an R&B and soul musician originally from Kansas City, Kansas. She is perhaps best known for her 2010 hit single "Tightrope" and her experimental sound. Expect to hear tracks from her new 2013 album, Electric Lady.


Chvrches is an electro-pop trio from Glasgow, Scotland featuring singer Lauren Mayberry and keyboardists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. The group formed in 2011, came in fifth in the BBC's Sound of 2013 list of promising new music talent, and put out their debut studio album later that year. 

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings is an indie-rock band from Cleveland formed by singer-songwriter Dylan Baldi in 2009. Beginning as a solo project, Cloud Nothings's sound has become heavier and more raw in recent years with the incorporation of the rest of the band. New album Here and Nowhere Else was released in April of this year.


Band of brothers Guy and and Howard Lawrence debuted as Disclosure in 2010, from Surrey, England, via MySpace. The duo has since come to define electro-pop today, with a sound reminiscent of UK garage music. Hit single "Latch" was followed by their first album, Settle in 2013, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser if we get to hear it this weekend.


Los Angeles-based indie-rock band Grouplove formed in 2009 and by 2010 was touring with Florence + the Machine. Their sophomore full-length album, Spreading Rumours, came out last year, as the group is finally finding their quirky but powerful voice. 

The Preatures

Australian rock band The Preatures are another new voice in the music scene, formed in 2010 and with only two EPs to their name. 2013 single "Is This How You Feel?" has attracted considerable attention, however, and their rhythmic, pop-inspired sound is now surging over to this side of the world.

Super Jam: Skrillex and Friends

The Superjams are one of the most highly anticipated concerts at each year's Bonnaroo and the festival's signature event. A diverse set of musicians come together for a one-night-only performances and, as the name would suggest, "jam." This year's line-up includes the exciting, novel collaboration of "Skrillex and Friends featuring Big Gigantic with special guests Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, Robby Krieger (of The Doors), Zedd, Mickey Hart, Janelle Monáe, Joel Cummins, Warpaint, Chance the Rapper, Thundercat and more."

Kanye West

And of course, there is Kanye. Apparently Bonnaroo is giving him another chance after the 2008 debacle in which the rapper did not appear on stage until 4:45am for his 8:45pm concert and went on to the blame the festival. His performances are sometimes out of this world and sometimes, as in 2008, low-energy, mediocre affairs--you never know what you're going to get until you're there. But given what could happen, could you ever not go?

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So, those were my ten can't-miss performers. Who are yours?

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