Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Lineup 2015


Tickets go on sale for Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on January 17th and noon (EST).

Lightning 100 will be doing a live update during #BLAM!  Full lineup will be released at 8pm.

Kendrick Lamar, Billy Joel, Run the Jewels, Slayer, Dawes, Spoon, Flying Lotus, Shakey Graves, Belle and Sebastian, the War on Drugs, Moon Taxi, My Morning Jacket, Punch Brothers, Caribou, Mac DeMarco, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Iceage, Rustie, Robert Plant, Tears for Fears, Florence and the Machine, Shabazz Palaces, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Against Me!, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Courtney Barnett, Pallbearer, SBTRKT, Flume, Woods, Alabama Shakes, Atmosphere, Dej Loaf, Earth Wind & Fire, SZA, Rhiannon Giddens, Hiss Golden Messenger, Tanya Tagaq, MØ, Tycho, Bleachers, Temples, the Very Best, and more.


The 12 Days of Roo Clues

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival released “The 12 Days Of Roo Clues” to give you a few hints on the 2015 lineup release.  Each day, Bonnaroo has released a clue for different artist performing on the farm in June.  Can you guess any of the artist?


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GobbleRoo Twitter Contest

image1This Thanksgiving, as we give thanks for the mindblowing year that was 2014, what better way to celebrate then with friends, family, food and MUSIC!?! As the turkey settles, leftovers are put away and the tryptophan kicks in, curl up with your extended family on The Farm for an exclusive VH1 special, “A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving” on Thursday, November 27th at 9PM ET/PT.

Lightning 100 is thankful for having some of the best listeners out there, so we are giving away a pair of tickets to Bonnaroo 2015!  Follow Lightning 100 on twitter and ReTweet our #GobbleRoo message for a chance to win.  You can enter once per tweet, by ReTweet a new message posted by Lightning 100.  It’s that simple!  Click here for the official rules.

We’ll be checking in on Bonnaroo groundskeeper, Dale, as he takes care of The Farm and unleashes a magical archive of past festival performances, including Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Elton John, Metallica, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mumford & Sons, Jack White, and many more.

You’ll want to use the official hashtag, #GobbleRoo, to join  the conversation and participate in some Thanksgiving giveaways for the whole ‘Roo family!

And be sure to remember… The Bonnaroo 2015 Pre-Sale begins the next day, Friday, November 28th at Noon ET.  More details can be found on our Tickets Page!  


Fishing for Bonnarooians

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Be very very quiet, I’m finishing for hippies.

Ever wanted to go hippy fishing with a $10 bill?  Lightning 100 put used a different type of bait at Bonnaroo 2014, while on the search for hippies!  Check out Wells Adams and Brian the web guy go fishing for Bonnarooians!

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Bonnaroo 2014


Lt. Dan at Bonnaroo 2014

10464040_10152496646489176_3509924042674316545_nI’ll be working backstage again at Bonnaroo. It’s my 11th year in a row running the backstage interview studio. I’ve had some great memories over the year and met some amazing musicians. In 2004 we met Marc Broussard, 2005 Brett Dennen, was Brandi Carlile in 2005 as well? That’s kind of a problem. The years and sometimes the bands are hard to tell apart. If I don’t label photos, sometimes I forget which band it was. I may be a genius editing a pro tools session but the ole memory…well not so much. Looking ahead at this year and my own private backstage bonnaroo is pretty exciting! First of all, it’s the first year that back at Lightning 100 I have an assistant, which means it’s the first year I’m not editing until midnight to get all my production done for the week. I’ve left a lot in the capable hands of Guy Fell, including my interview with John and Lilly Hiatt for this Sunday’sFather’s Day edition of Music Business Radio.
So what am I excited about on the schedule? Just about everything! We have around 40 bands booked. Some big names you’ve heard of like Cage The Elephant, James Blake, Damon Albarn (Blur and The Gorillaz) or Avett Brothers and other bands under the radar like Lake Street Drive, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Roadkill Ghost Choir. There are personal favorites like Sarah Jarosz, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Umphrey’s McGee, and Ben Howard. We have some of my favorite Nashville based bands as well like Fly Golden Eagle, Wild Feathers, and The Wood Brothers. There are some names I don’t recognize and every year at least one of them ends up getting added to the radio station. You don’t get booked backstage at bonnaroo if someone doesn’t believe you are worth believing in. Who will it be this year?
I don’t get outside of the trailer much during the day, so I always eye the after dark performances and headliners. I’ll be clear that I was disappointed to see Kanye West make the bill again. He should be banned for all I care. My guess is it’s politics. The bosses are trying to spin it like their behind it but it doesn’t make any sense to me. Any other hip hop act on the planet would have been better. My opinion is out there so let’s move on. Breaking it into days on Thursday it’s starts early with Nashville’s own The Wild Feathers. It’s their Bonnaroo debut and the word is out about these guys. They put on an amazing live show and folks will be talking about it all weekend. Another Nashville act Cherub has been blowing up on the west coast and I’m excited to see them continue their march towards success. White Denim will take the stage at Midnight Thursday and I’m going to try and be there. I really like their music and am excited to see the live show. I should also mention another Nashville band called Bully that will be playing early at 2pm and I’ve heard great things about them. Definitely an under the radar act to check out.

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Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup


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Bonnaroo from the eyes of an intern

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Working as an intern at Lightning 100 is an incredible experience that comes with many, many perks. However, the coveted Bonnaroo VIP wristband is not one of them. So like many of you, I too had to survive off of nothing but hot dogs and walk a mile and a half just to get to the back of the Centeroo line. Despite the discomfort, I wore the thin film of sweat and dirt that covered me from head to toe as a badge of honor and embraced the inevitable sunburn with open arms. As a seasoned Bonnaroo veteran these things came as no surprise, but that doesn’t mean that the festival has become routine.

We all knew that Paul McCartney and Tom Petty were going to be fantastic, but in my opinion the headliners do not make ‘Roo the unforgettable experience that it is. Everyone leaves the campground on Monday morning with a memory of an unanticipated, yet mind-blowing show permanently burned into brains from an artist they may have never even heard of. So with that in mind, I bring you the three completely unexpected things that made my bonnaroo fantastic.

1.    The Hot Dog Explosion at Jeff the Brotherhood

Having seen this band in venues as small as The Other Basement and The Miller Lite On-Tap Lounge, it was pretty cool experience to see one of my favorite local bands climb the ranks and land a spot on a major stage. The crowd was evenly split between fans who were excited to see “this new band called Jeff the Brotherhood” and local die-hards who knew every word to Castle Storm before it was re-released on Infinity Cat last year. Even though I have seen JTB more times than I can count, I knew that it was going to be hands down the most fun show at Bonnaroo. Just as I expected, they did not let me down as the best live band on the planet.

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Photo by Emily Quirk

What I did not expect, was the criminally undocumented eruption of hot dogs when Jake and Jamin kicked into “Shredder”, a crowd favorite, I looked behind me to see a guy about my age with a backpack filled to the brim with uncooked hot dogs, with every intent to throw as many of them as he could into the mass of people at the front of the stage. I doubt I will ever know how he got them past Centeroo security, but I am sure glad he did. The perfect synchronization of the drums barreling in after the fuzzed out guitar intro, the first-ever circle pit at a Jeff show, and the seemingly endless supply of processed pork flying through the air made for the best possible snapshot of the Nashville punk scene. Its aggressive and sweaty, but still doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is fun and supportive of everyone who wants to get involved, including the guy with a backpack full of hotdogs.


2.    The Unadvertised Katey Red Show


While the Saturday late-night line up was mostly filled with throwback artists, comedy acts, and electronic music, one artist steered my evening away from a night of dad rock into a Cajun Sissy Bounce dance party. On my way from Billy Idol to Bustle in Your Hedgerow, I stumbled upon an intimidating 6’2 drag queen shouting into a microphone on top of the loudest drum loop I heard all weekend, performing on a wooden platform right next to the mushroom fountain. It wasn’t until 3 days later after a lot of sleuthing that I discovered that this artist was Katey Red, a pioneer of the New Orleans hip-hop music scene and long time friend of Big Freedia. I saw my fair share of rappers this year at Bonnaroo, but neither Kendrick Lamar nor Macklemore could get a crowd moving like Katey could. It was almost impossible to differentiate her back-up dancers from fans due to the fact that the crowd surrounded the makeshift stage on all sides. While NOLA was well represented this year at Bonnaroo, this show certainly captured the underground essence of the big easy in a way that the What Stage couldn’t.


3. The Soft-spoken William Tyler


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Photo by Emily Quirk

Having spent nearly all of my 20 years on this planet as a Nashville native, I am ashamed to say that Bonnaroo was my first time seeing William Tyler. His sophomore release Impossible Truth on Merge Records was one of my favorite releases of the year, so I went into the show with high expectations. Tyler’s virtuosic guitar playing focuses more on depth and building layers that blur the line between harmony and melody. His reserved demeanor on stage did not appear to be an indication of sheepishness, but instead a sign of wisdom and experience, leaving the audience curious and enthralled for the entire 40 minute set.

Not once did the lack of vocals make the show seem boring. The masterfully crafted balance of guitar, pedal steel, and drums complemented each other without encroaching into their respective territories, making for one collaborative musical idea. The intimacy of a small stage and Tyler’s sparse playing made for a show that was equal parts captivating and relaxing, allowing listeners to enter a meditative state and reflect on how remarkable Bonnaroo can be. While I was expecting William Tyler to be good, nothing could have prepared me for how great it was.


Bonnaroo 2013


Lightning 100 had another great year at Bonnaroo.  We hope you were able to experience the Roo each day with Wells Adams from 1-6pm.  If not, relive some of the exclusive backstage performances Lt. Dan recorded while at Bonnaroo.  Check out how many shows Brian the web guy went to on our photo blog.  Hammel and Wells also did a special the615 Bonnaroo show!


Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2013 lineup announcement


Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Idol,  Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men, Trombone Shorty, 21 Pilots, Pretty Lights, Wilco, The XX, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, David Burn and St. Vincent, Jim James, The Sheepdogs, Walk the Moon, Lord Huron, Deep Valley, Japaniods, Grizzly Bears, Foals, Portugal the Man, Walk the Moon, Wolfgang Gartner, The Stepkids, Warren Haynes with Gov’t Mule, Beach House, Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, Dwight Yoakam, R. Kelly, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, Milo Greene, Alt-J, ZZ Top, Boy Noise, Purity Ring, Matt and Kim, Animal Collective, Him, Future Birds, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork……and Weird Al Yankovic

You’ve all been waiting, now here it is… the official lineup for Bonnaroo, happening June 13-16 in Nashville’s own backyard. Can you believe the lineup?

Tickets go on sale this Saturday (2/23) at noon EST. For the complete lineup and ticket information, click here.

Full Lineup posted below!



Cherub’s golf cart performance at Bonnaroo


Sarah Jarosz performs at Bonnaroo

Sarah Jarosz performs for a few fans in front of the What Stage at Bonnaroo. Check out this performance of “Come Around” at Bonnaroo.
Filmed by Brian Waters and Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters


Wild Cub at Bonnaroo

Wild Cub performs a new track off their upcoming album Youth at Bonnaroo. Check out this performances of the song “Thunder Clatter” backstage at Bonnaroo 2012.
Filmed by Brian Waters and Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters


Moon Taxi’s porta-john performance

Here is probably Lightning 100 first and last porta-john performance at Bonnaroo.  Check out Moon Taxi performing a Bonnaroo track the guys wrote for their porta-john performance.


Sam Bush backstage performance at Bonnaroo

Check out our backstage video with Sam Bush at Bonnaroo performing the song “Eight More Miles to Louisville”.


Live from Bonnaroo

After two days of running around taking photos and filming backstage performances, we finally got some down time at the radio compound.  Click here to check out photos from the what, where, this, that, and other tent.

Sam Bush


The Weeks backstage performance at Bonnaroo

Recently transplanted Nashville band The Weeks perform a backstage performance at Bonnaroo.  The Weeks debut a new track for us entitled “Brother in the Night” outside of the brewers tent at Bonnaroo.


Backstage Bonnaroo Videos

Lightning 100 has been at every Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival since it began in 2002! Tune in to 100.1 FM or for backstage performances and a live broadcast Thursday through Saturday from noon to 2pm and a re-cap Sunday at 10pm after Nashville Sunday Night. Visit our festival blog for photos from Lightning 100 artists, backstage performances, video coverage, and show reviews. See you at the Roo!  Click here to see every backstage at Bonnaroo videos!  Why stop there….check out the videos we did at Hangout and Deluna Fest too!


Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup

Radiohead | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Phish | Bon Iver
The Beach Boys (featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks)
The Avett Brothers The Shins | Foster the People | Skrillex | Aziz Ansari | Dispatch | Feist

The Roots | Alice Cooper | SuperJam | Black Star | Ben Folds Five | Ludacris | St. Vincent
The Word (featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars)
Spectrum Road (featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski, and Vernon Reid)
Flogging Molly | Mac Miller | Childish Gambino | Major Lazer | tUnE-yArDs | Afrocubism
Flying Lotus | Umphrey’s McGee | Little Dragon |City and Colour | The Civil Wars
Young the Giant | Two Door Cinema Club | Punch Brothers | NEEDTOBREATHE | Fitz & the Tantrums
Bad Brains | Yelawolf | Dawes | Battles | Danny Brown | The Black Lips | SBTRKT | Phantogram | Kendrick Lamar | The Kooks
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires | The Joy FormidableThe Antlers | Kathleen Edwards | Mimosa |Grouplove
Kurt Vile & the Violators | Alabama Shakes  | Das Racist | Delta Spirit | Gary Clark Jr. | Blind Pilot | Ben Howard
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk | Laura Marling | Trampled by Turtles | Mogwai | The War on Drugs
ALO | The Devil Makes Three | White Denim EMA | Here We Go Magic | K-FlayThe Lonely Forest | Mariachi El Bronx
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. | The Soul Rebels | Kvelertak | Steven Bernstein’s MTO All-Stars Play Sly | Big Gigantic
Sarah Jarosz | Orgone | Darondo | Fruit Bats | Moon Taxi | Big Freedia | SOJA
More to be announced

What to see what Lightning 100 does at Bonnaroo?  Click here for access to our backstage performance archive!


Best Lightning 100 videos of 2011

Lightning 100 has captured some pretty amazing performances in 2011.  Check out our Top 11 videos from 2011!  Which videos do you think made it to our Top 11?  Click here to find out.

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Backstage Videos at Bonnaroo 2011

Nashville’s Independent Radio was inspired to be creative this year with up-and-coming artists showcased at Bonnaroo.  WRLT filmed backstage performances with 10 artists that fit the criteria.  A very special thanks to our Bonnaroo partners: Music Allies, Corsair Artisan Distillery and Funky Umbrella.

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Ben Sollee, a Kentucky based artist was introduced to us by our friends at Music Allies. Think of the Black Keys with a Cello, and then mix in the vocal stylings of Andrew Bird or Paul Simon.  Did you see Ben Sollee perform with My Morning Jacket?  Maybe you witnessed one of his four other stage performances at Bonnaroo?  Here, Ben performs an impromptu set in Centeroo for some lucky fans. We set up under a tree in front of “Which Stage” amongst festival goers who were attempting to cool off in the shade.  Once these fellow Bonnaroovians began hearing Ben perform, they moved closer or at least woke up and started to listen.  It was a great to see a huge crowd by the end of the second song!  Check out his performance of the song “The Globe” and “Electrify.”  Share with your friends!

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Band of

After realizing there wasn’t much time to spend with Band of Heathens before their set, we walked over to the artist compound to find a a quiet area for the band to perform.  Sometimes one walks into inspiration; other times, one in a walks into a chain link fence and merely jokes about performing on a wooden Bonnaroo bus.  As Band of Heathens found out, everyone should be careful about that which is joked. Walk with us…at least until you see and hear the shout out to the guys on the back of the bus.  You may just be inspired. You may just enjoy Band of Heathens, too.

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso

The Apache

You might have caught this band as they joined Mumford & Sons and Old Crowe Medicine Show on stage for “Amazing Grace.”  Lightning 100 has been featuring The Apache Relay since we saw them outside of our office shooting photos for the cover of their self-titled E.P.  We approached the band about doing a golf cart performance,  Their response was “If you’re serious, hell yeah we’ll do it.”

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso

Cheer Up Charlie

Hailed as “Nashville’s Most Eclectic Rock Band”, Cheer Up Charlie Daniels won Mercy Lounge’s Road to Bonnaroo contest to secure a spot at Bonnaroo. We went back to their campsite as the band grabbed different instruments from people at campsites on the way.  The band has a very similar vibe to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, but a little bit more nerdy(not a band thing).  Check out this performance back at their campsite of the song “Bunsen Burner Baby Blues” and soon to bed edited “Polygamy.”

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Chancellor Warhol –

Chancellor Warhol was the first of 3 Road to Bonnaroo artist we did a backstage performance with.  Looking forward to some backstage freestyling, Chancellor Warhol performed a new song with Arron Miller at the Lightning 100 campsite.  Aaron Miller steals the spotlight with his vocals during the chorus, his voice is comparable to Sondre Lerche.

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso


You know it’s going to be a good performance when the first thing you ask the artists is “Are you afraid of heights?”  Lauren Shera was braver than most artist we approached to get on a very squeaky ferris wheel.  Lauren performed the song “Story Teller” on the Bonnaroo ferris wheel.  We try to do one ferris wheel performance per festival, check out our first video at Hangout Music Fest with Jon Black.

Matthew and the Atlas –

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Abigail Washburn –

We approached Abigail about doing a video when she visited the Lightning 100 studio for a taping of Music Business Radio.  It’s nice having an interview booked 2 months in advance to find out you only have 10 minutes to get everything done at the festival!  Abigail was joined by Kia Welch to perform one of the first songs they wrote together entitled “Ballad of Truth.”

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Kopecky Family Band -

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Photography by Brian Waters


Apache Relay on a golf cart at Bonnaroo

You might have caught this band as they joined Mumford & Sons and Old Crowe Medicine Show on stage for “Amazing Grace.”  Lightning 100 has been featuring The Apache Relay since we saw them outside of our office shooting photos for the cover of their self-titled E.P.  We approached the band about doing a golf cart performance,  Their response was “If you’re serious, hell yeah we’ll do it.”

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Bonnaroo 2011

Here were some of my faves…

Arcade Fire – “Power Out” & “Rebellion (Lies)”

Beirut – Nantes

J. Cole


Chancellor Warhol performs at Lightning 100 campsite!

After winning Mercy Lounge’s Road to Bonnaroo contest, Chancellor Warhol secured a spot at Bonnaroo.  Chancellor Warhol preforms backstage at Lightning 100’s Bonnaroo campsite!  Check out this exclusive performance with Chancellor Warhol’s new song!


Bonnaroo: Day 3


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