Springsteen, Phish, Beastie Boys, NIN to headline Bonnaroo 2009

Bruce is feeling festive this year
Bruce is feeling festive this year

The 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival lineup has just been announced, and what a diverse array of talent it is: Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Al Green, Elvis Costello, Wilco and Snoop Dogg are just some of the performers slated to appear.

The festival will take place 11 - 14 June in Manchester, Tennessee.

For Bruce Springsteen, who is embarking on a world tour starting 1 April, it is his only scheduled North America festival appearance of the year (although he's still heavily rumored to play the Glastonbury Festival in June).

Two completely different Phish shows

It is also the only confirmed festival stop for the reunited Phish, who will play two distinct shows on the Bonnaroo main stage on two separate nights: a two-set performance and an additional late-evening set.

Other confirmed acts include Gov't Mule, The Mars Volta, Merle Haggard, Erykah Badu, Ben Harper and his new band The Relentless 7, Paul Oakenfold, TV on the Radio, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and loads more (see below).

Tickets for the festival go on sale 7 February at Bonnaroo.com, and for the first time fans can select a payment plan of five $50 installments.

The complete lineup

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Phish (two shows), Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, Erykah Badu, Paul Oakenfold, Ben Harper And Relentless7, The Mars Volta, TV On The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gov't Mule, Andrew Bird, Band Of Horses, Merle Haggard, MGMT, moe., The Decemberists, Girl Talk, Bon Iver, Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Galactic, The Del McCoury Band, Of Montreal, Allen Toussaint, Coheed And Cambria, Booker T & The DBTs, David Grisman Quintet, Lucinda Williams, Animal Collective, Gomez, Neko Case, Down, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Robert Earl Keen, Citizen Cope, Femi Kuti And The Positive Force, The Ting Tings, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Kaki King, Grizzly Bear, King Sunny Adé, Okkervil River, St. Vincent, Zac Brown Band, Raphael Saadiq, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Crystal Castles, Tift Merritt, Brett Dennen, Mike Farris And The Roseland, Rhythm Revue, Toubab Krewe, People Under The Stairs, Alejandro Escovedo, Vieux Farka Touré, Elvis Perkins In Dearland, Cherryholmes, Yeasayer, Todd Snider, Chairlift Portugal, The Man, The SteelDrivers, Midnite, The Knux, The Low Anthem, Delta Spirit, A.A. Bondy, The Lovell Sisters, Alberta Cross.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.