Paul McCartney will take center stage at this year's Bonnaroo festival, which will invade Manchester, Tenn. from June 13-16. Macca, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers lead this year's lineup, announced on Tuesday (Feb. 19).
The annual four-day music festival will be home to a rare U.S. festival appearance for McCartney, who headlined Coachella in 2009. Last year, the 70-year-old released a collection of standards, Kisses on the Bottom, and performed with the remaining members of Nirvana at 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief as well as on "Saturday Night Live."
Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons are coming off of an album of the year win at the Grammy Awards: Babel, their sophomore album which scored a massive debut upon its release last September, walked away with the top prize at the ceremony earlier this month. The Mumfords last played Bonnaroo in 2011, where the folk-rock group performed to a massive crowd on the second-biggest stage.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers round out the headliners for the 2013 fest, seven years after leading the 2006 lineup. The legendary rock group was also announced as the headliner of the 2013 Firefly Music Festival, which will take place one weekend after Bonnaroo.
Below the headliners, Bonnaroo 2013 sports one of its deepest lineups in its history: Bjork, Wilco, Pretty Lights, R. Kelly and Wu-Tang Clan comprise a diverse group of artists likely hitting the main stage, while Daniel Tosh will lead the Comedy Tent lineup. "Ho Hey" stars the Lumineers, rap wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, veteran rockers ZZ Top and Hot 100 champs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also on the bill, and this year's "Superjam" will feature My Morning Jacket's Jim James with John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more special guests.
The Bonnaroo 2013 lineup was announced during a special, highly wacky media event on Tuesday, in which "Weird Al" Yankovic (who is also performing in Manchester this year) hosted a web-friendly telethon, streamed live on YouTube. Portugal. The Man, also on this year's lineup, delivered a special performance, while Eugene Mirman and Mike Birbiglia were among those manning the phone bank.
Last year's Bonnaroo lineup was topped by Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish, and served as the location of D'Angelo's first U.S. performance in over a decade when the reclusive R&B star joined the Roots' Questlove onstage for last year's "Superjam."
Tickets will be available starting Saturday, February 23rd at 12PM EST on Bonnaroo.com.
Here is the full Bonnaroo 2013 lineup:
Mumford & Sons
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
David Byrne & St. Vincent
Of Monsters and Men
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Soul SuperJam ft. Jim James with John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more TBA!
Ed Helms Bluegrass Situation Superjam with special guests
Portugal. The Man
Sam Bush & Del McCoury
Matt & Kim
John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension
Noam Pikelny & Friends
Amadou & Mariam
Father John Misty
The Tallest Man On Earth
Walk The Moon
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
twenty | one | pilots
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
JEFF The Brotherhood
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
Matthew E. White