The third annual Bonnaroo, set to take place this weekend (June 12-13) on a 700-acre farm in rural Manchester, Tenn., is officially sold out, tour co-producer Jonathan Mayers tells Billboard.biz. Some
The third annual Bonnaroo, set to take place this weekend (June 12-13) on a 700-acre farm in rural Manchester, Tenn., is officially sold out, tour co-producer Jonathan Mayers tells Billboard.biz. Some 90,000 tickets have been sold since Feb. 21, most through the festival's Web site.
Bob Dylan, the Dead, Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews & Friends, David Byrne and Steve Winwood are among the acts on the bill. Winwood replaces Willie Nelson on Saturday's lineup, after Nelson was forced to bow out because of carpal tunnel problems.
Bonnaroo is co-produced by Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment. Bonnaroo 2003 drew 80,567 fans and grossed $11.5 million, second only in the year to Bruce Springsteen's 10 sellouts at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., which grossed $38.6 million. The first Bonnaroo grossed almost $9 million and drew 75,000 in 2002.
Last year's festival sold out in 16 days with tickets purchased on its Web site, without the benefit of any traditional advertising. "We saw a different buying pattern this year, but sales stayed consistent throughout," says Mayers. "We had our biggest on-sale yet, and tickets kept selling straight through."
Bonnaroo surpassed last year's gross weeks ago, with a higher ticket price and a capacity increased to 90,000 because the producers secured more land. Superfly president Jonathan Mayers says the production and talent budgets were also increased this year.
Other acts confirmed for Bonnaroo 2004 include Primus, Wilco, Burning Spear, String Cheese Incident, Ani DiFranco, Moe., Gov't Mule, Los Lobos, Galactic, Yo La Tengo, Femi Kuti, Gomez, Yonder Mountain String Band, Damien Rice, North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Review, Beth Orton, My Morning Jacket, Gillian Welch, the Del McCoury Band, Taj Mahal, Sam Bush Band, Vida Blue featuring the Spam Allstars, Los Lonely Boys, Grandaddy, Kings of Leon, Bill Laswell's Material, Soulive, Neko Case, Calexico, Leftover Salmon, Cut Chemist, Chris Robinson, Umphrey's McGee, Maroon5, the Black Keys, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Bad Plus, Marc Broussard, Donovan Frankenreiter, Blue Merle and Medeski, Martin & Wood.
Also this year, Bonnaroo will launch livebonnaroo.com, where music fans will be able to download full sets from some 25-30 participating Bonnaroo artists.