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February 17, 2011  | by: Kerri O'Malley

Arcade Fire and Eminem Will Headline the Festival

The final line-up for one of summers biggest, hottest, messiest festivals was announced this week.  And this year’s Bonnaroo is going to be killer!

Many of the featured bands are familiar faces from last weekend’s Grammys: Arcade Fire, Eminem, The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, and Florence & The Machine will all make appearances at the Machester, TN festival this year.

Other high-profile performers at Bonnaroo’s 10th anniversary will include Lil Wayne, Neon Trees, Gogol Bordello, and The Strokes.

But there are more exciting names buried in the list as well.  Blast-from-the-past Buffalo Springfield will get everyone to stop and attempt to identify a sound with all of their original members in tact, including the elusive Neil Young.  Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, and Wanda Jackson will also play the festival, bringing the granny tally up significantly.  And the father of all rock and roll grandfathers, Robert Plant, will play with his Band of Joy.

Personally, I’m excited that psycho-experimental-dance electro band Ratatat and quiet, ambient, moody pseudo-rockers Deerhunter will light up the festival with their strange sounds.  And Karen Elson, Jack White’s pretty wife with a voice to match, will also perform.  Maybe now that The Stripes are dead, Jack will lend a hand to his lovely lady?  With Loretta and Wanda also in attendance, it seems like the rock legend will definitely stop by.

Bonnaroo veterans My Morning Jacket will return to the festival this year.  Rolling Stone quotes guitarist Carl Broemel, saying, “”We didn’t play for two years.  I felt like I was missing Christmas or Easter.”  Check out the Bonnaroo enthusiasts’ awesome Black Cab session from a few years back:

Don’t make yourself miss Christmas (a very muddy Christmas, anyway).  Check out the full line-up here.  The festival will be from June 9-12.  Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon.  And who knows how long they’ll last with a line-up like this?  Get ‘em while you can!  And if you can’t, drown your sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s 10th anniversary Bonnaroo Buzz ice cream.  Who knew disappointment could be this sweet?

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