The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, being held June 7-10, 2012 in Manchester, TN, made two big announcements today. The result of today’s announcement was five more shows for Bonnaroo 2012, including four from new artists and one current headliner who will get two performances.
In the first announcement, Bonnaroo answered a question that had long been on fans’ minds by making it official that headliners Phish will be performing not one but two full sets at Bonnaroo 2012. The announcement did not give any more specifics than that, so there’s still plenty to speculate about. The Jam legends are already presumed to be filling the traditional “Jammy headliner” spot on Sunday night to close out the festival, so the speculation now lies in where their second set will come. In their only other performance in 2009, Phish headlined on Sunday and performed a What Stage Late Night set on Friday.
Clarification: Since this article was originally written, Bonnaroo has clarified that this will be one performance of two sets rather than two nights of shows as in 2009.
In the second announcement, Bonnaroo added four major artists to the lineup of performers at Bonnaroo 2012. The lineup additions include Rodrigo y Gabriela with C.U.B.A., The Sam Bush Band, Michael Kiwanuka, and Black Box Revelation.
Rodrigo y Gabriela are the Mexican guitar duo known for their virtuosic acoustic guitar renderings of both original material and songs like Metallica’s “One.” On their new album Area 52, Rodrigo y Gabriela expand their two guitar sound to include a 13 piece Cuban orchestra called C.U.B.A. on reworkings of favorites from their previous albums. Already popular Bonnaroo veterans on their own, Rodrigo y Gabriela will bring C.U.B.A. along for this show.
Sam Bush is a Bluegrass legend and Bonnaroo veteran. A founding member of Newgrass Revival, Sam Bush is considered one of the originators of the Progressive Bluegrass sound. A frequent collaborator with everyone from Bela Fleck to Leon Russell, Bush’s performance is one that is likely to attract sit-ins from other artists.
British Soul artist Michael Kiwanuka is part of the movement of youthful artists, he’s only 24 years old, to embrace and re-invent the Motown sound. Kiwanuka’s star has risen in the last year due to a stint on tour supporting British Pop sensation Adele.
Black Box Revelation is a garage rock band from Belgium that has been garnering massive critical accolades with their albums and energetic live shows. Black Box Revelation just played Bonnaroo last year, as a Cafe act, and the reviews were obviously positive enough for them to graduate to a full tent set this year.
What Bonnaroo addition are you most excited to see? Are you happy Phish is getting two sets? Let us know in the comments section.