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Bonnaroo Festival tickets will go on sale Saturday




Tickets will go on sale Saturday for the 2009 edition of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

This year’s festival lineup features such diverse artists as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, TV on the Radio, Wilco, Al Green, David Byrne, Snoop Dogg, Merle Haggard, Animal Collective, Lucinda Williams, Femi Kuti, Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria, The Del McCoury Band, Alejandro Escovedo and Rodrigo y Gabriela to name a few.

Bonnaroo will be Springsteen and his band’s only North American festival performance this year. This also will be Phish’s only festival performance in 2009, and their presence at Bonnaroo holds a great deal of significance — besides the fact that each of its members has shown the event great support, performing at the festival in various incarnations over the years, Phish’s own festivals were notably one of the major inspirations for Bonnaroo’s creation and operational strategies. Many of the organizers of those events (large scale, multi-day camping festivals with Phish as the solo performer) were brought on to help birth Bonnaroo in 2002, and continue to play a major role in the festival to this day. Phish will play two shows at the festival — a full two-set performance as well as an additional late-evening set.

The lineup was announced this week by A.C. Entertainment and Superfly Productions. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11- 14 on the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on February 7 at noon.

Among the many other acts scheduled to appear are Elvis Costello (solo), Erykah Badu, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gov’t Mule, Andrew Bird, Band of Horses, MGMT, moe., Bon Iver, Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate, of Montreal, Allen Toussaint, Booker T & the DBTs, Gomez, Neko Case, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.


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