The Bonnaroo lineup is always the weird one. It’s a mix of pretty much everything, with a usually jam band-leaning mix that will include headliners Eminem, The Killers, and Muse, as it did in 2018 (although that sounds like an extremely 2010 lineup). This is a festival that throws together random acts for big Superjam dance parties, like in 2015 when it combined Pretty Lights with Run DMC, Jack Antonoff, Chance the Rapper, and various jam musicians. It’s quirky some might say. It’s fun, others might say. It’s really fucking bizarre, most would say.
That’s kind of become the charm of Bonnaroo, which is, somewhat refreshingly, the least expected lineup of the festival circuit.
But, friend, are you ready for the 2019 Bonnaroo lineup?
Are you ready for the phrase “Bonnaroo headliner Post Malone”? Well, I’m sorry dear reader, because that is now a thing.
Post Malone (yes, this Post Malone) is headlining Bonnaroo 2019 alongside Phish, Childish Gambino, Odesza, Phish again, and The Lumineers (?). Post Malone headlining is one step up from booking a Fortnite dance challenge on the main stage. Let me just briefly list a few of the acts whose name are smaller than Post Malone’s: Solange, The National, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile.
This is a weird lineup, even for Bonnaroo’s standards. It leans hard into populism, focusing primarily on jam, jamtronica, pop-folk, and whatever you’d classify Post Malone as (frat rap-rock?). If you’re the type of person who really only listens to Phish, this is the festival for you this year. Everyone else? Not so much, as below the second tier of acts, this lineup sputters out fairly quickly. It’s a lineup that’s sadly light on hip-hop. Childish Gambino is the only headliner of color out of the six (if you count Phish twice). There are no women headliners, and only four female acts in the first two tiers of each day. All of which is a huge disappointment.
Anyway, if you’re a huge Phish fan. I mean a HUGE Phish fan, Bonnaroo takes place June 13-16 in Manchester, TN.