Bonnaroo Puts Eminem, The Killers and Muse Atop 2018 Festival Lineup
The Midwest’s premier festival just announced its 2018 lineup. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which will take place from June 7-10 in Manchester, TN, will for the most part focus on rock and hip-hop for its main headliners, with the addition of electronic, folk, funk and R&B to fill out the bill.
Eminem takes the top spot this year after a stellar mainstream comeback with his latest album “Revival.” With the help of a BET cypher that went viral, a controversial verse on Big Sean’s track “No Favors” and his own pre-album single “Walk on Water” featuring Beyoncé, Eminem has not only landed a coveted spot at Bonnaroo but a slew of other festivals as well. The Killers will join Eminem this year after “Wonderful Wonderful,” their fifth studio album, dropped in the fall of 2017 lead by the bombastic single “The Man” – a song which will provide the Vegas-natives a stellar cornerstone for live shows in 2018. Muse is in the studio working on their latest project after spending 2017 touring with Thirty Seconds to Mars. Lead singer Matthew Bellamy said the band’s upcoming album will drop in 2018 – hopefully just in time for them to hit the Roo stage. Future will help rep hip-hop alongside Eminem this year after a record breaking year. His separate, but equally successful, albums from 2017 (“Future” and “Hndrxx”) each debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts marking the first artist to do so in history. EDM superstar Bassnectar has been rocking Bonnaroo slots on and off since at least 2010. He joins the bill once again this year after his duel-album “Reflective Part 1 & 2” was released last year. Kaskade too will cause a frenzy for EDM fans come June with his brand of progressive house. Speaking of progressive, British outfit Alt-J will bring their eccentric rock sounds to the farm this year, alongside folk icon Bon Iver who will perform two “unique sets.” It’s hard to say what that will entail, as his recent experimental album “22, A Million” broke all the norms of traditional folk music. In sticking with the acoustics, though, Sturgill Simpson will take on the task of being the sole voice for country music at this year’s festival. Lucky for him, Bonnaroo prides itself not only on its eclectic lineup, but diverse fan base as well.
Others on the poster this year include Khalid, Paramore, Dua Lipa, Sheryl Crow, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Sylvan Esso, Rebelution, STS9, Chromeo, The Revivalists, Virtual Self, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Rüfüs Du Sol, Alison Wonderland, Old Crow Medicine Show, T-Pain, Moon Taxi, Brockhampton, Carnage, and what Bonnaroo would be complete without the infamous Superjam.
New this year in the camping area will be Campground Plazas, structures which will include free Wi-Fi, showers, activities, charging stations and shade and water to keep festival goers cool. Also, Brooklyn’s famed House of Yes will be introducing a version of their Circus of Yes to one of the Bonnaroo campground barns. Lastly, Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant will be “expressing his creative vision through a brand new experience” in the campgrounds this year.