Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White anchor Bonnaroo festival

Elton John will perform at Staples Center on Oct. 4. Tickets go on sale June 9.
Elton John will perform at Staples Center on Oct. 4. Tickets go on sale June 9.
(Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

Not many artists can get their name placed before that of superstar rapper Kanye West on a festival lineup, but piano man Elton John has received top-billing for the 2014 edition of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Other headliners at the four-day event in Manchester, Tenn., include Jack White, Lionel Ritchie, Vampire Weekend, the Avette Brothers and Phoenix.

Set for the weekend of June 12-15, the festival features a cross-section of artists amid multiple genres. Unlike Southern California’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo has relied slightly heavier on a selection of jam bands, roots artists and bluegrass acts. This year is no different, with appearances from the likes of the Avett Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, Greensky Bluegrass, Carolina Chocolate Drops and more.

Representing hip-hop and R&B will be the likes of Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Ms. Lauryn Hill, A$AP Ferg and Ice Cube, among others. Bonnaroo is known for hosting a number of what it calls superjams, a sort of all-star mash-up of a number of artists, and this year electronic artist Skrillex is tapped to host one of the jam sessions.

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In addition to Skrillex, there’s quite a few L.A-based acts on the bill, including groove-driven rock act Warpaint and electronic act the Glitch Mob. Plenty of up-and-comers are sprinkled throughout the bill, including the woozy, digital compositions of local singer/songwriter Banks.


Produced and promoted by Superfly and AC Entertainment, Bonnaroo draws about 80,000 people and includes a comedy tent and film screenings, as well as a mini-craft beer festival complete with beer classes. Last year, Bonnaroo introduced a 5K race, which will be returning this year, according to a press release.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 22 at noon EST and start at $249.50. VIP packages, at $1,499.50 for a pair of tickets, will also be available.

As for Southern California’s premiere multi-day music event, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is sold out. A reunited OutKast will anchor Coachella, set for the weekends of April 11-13 and April 18-20 on a polo field in the desert city of Indio, and other acts at the top of the bill for the dual Coachellas include Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Haim, Beck, Calvin Harris and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Bellow is the complete Bonnaroo lineup:

Elton John
Kanye West
Jack White
Lionel Ritchie
Vampire Weekend
The Avett Brothers
Arctic Monkeys
Frank Ocean
The Flaming Lips
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Damon Albarn
Neutal Milk Hotel
Wiz Khalifa
Superjam with Skrillex & friends
The Bluegrass Situation superjam with Ed Helms
Cut Copy
Head and the Heart
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Funkiest Dancer
Broken Bells
Tedeschi Trucks Band
James Blake
Bobby Womack
Umphrey’s McGee
Ice Cube
Ben Howard
Slightly Stoopid
Fitz & the Tantrums
Janelle Monae
Amos Lee
Cage the Elephant
Die Antword
Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory
Capital Cities
Jake Bugg
Chance the Rapper
Dr. Dog
Yonder Mountain String Band
John Butler Trio
Little Dragon
City and Colour
The Glitch Mob
The Naked and the Famous
Taran Killam
Drive-By Truckers
Washed Out
Danny Brown
Sam Smith
A$AP Ferg
Seasick Steve
Shoves & Robe
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Wood Brothers
The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, with special guests Billy Martin, Marc Ribit, DJ Logic and Shazad Ismaliy
Pusha T
ZZ Ward
Seun Kuti
Blackberry Smoke
Hannibal Buress
First Aid Kid
A Tribe Called Red
Omar Souleyman
The Bouncing Souls
Greensky Bluegrass
Ty Segall
Sarah Jarosz
Vintage Trouble
Okkervil River
White Denim
Jonathan Wilson
Robert DeLong
Cloud Nothings
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Valerie June
King Khan and the Shrines
Jon Batiste
La Santa Cecilia
Cass McCombs
Vance Joy
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Those Darlins
Lake Street Dive
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Wild Feathers
The Preatures
Blank Range


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