[UPDATE: The festival’s head-honchos recently spoke out on their decision to invite Kanye back to the big dance, clinging to a “time heals all wounds” rhetoric that seems a bit too easy given his embattled history with the festival. To be fair, the last time he played Bonnaroo was on the Glow In The Dark Tour supporting 808s & Heartbreaks, but we’ll just have to see how administrators and festival-goers alike respond to the rumored 8-hour setup for his Yeezus spectacle.]
A Christmas wishlist of a Bonnaroo lineup that includes basically EVERYONE (with the exception of Outkast) who is making music in 2014 was announced last night via a live streamed spectacle hosted by the homie Hannibal Buress and SNL’s Taran Killam. Joining headliners Kanye West (despite Kanye-roogate ’08), Elton John and Jack White, are Bobby Womack, Lionel Richie, Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Broken Bells, roommates James Blake and Chance the Rapper (not officially together, but officially bros, so….), Ice Cube, Janelle Monáe, Vampire Weekend, Little Dragon, Danny Brown, Darkside, the brothers Disclosure and their goldenvoiced “Latch” collaborator Sam Smith, A$AP Ferg, Pusha T, Hannibal Buress, Valerie June, Jon Batiste, Seun Kuti, and Die Antwoord.
Let’s break down the math on that real quick: that’s an unprecedented 7 artists featured amongst our Top Songs of 2013. In a historic addition to the The Roots/D’angelo canon, this year’s Superjam is set to be orchestrated by “Skrillex and Friends“– and we already know the guy has no shortage of rapper friends. No word yet on who the mysterious “?” in the Superjam “?” refers to but we only know one music maker who’s name begins with big ol’ capital ?. Then again, it could be The Riddler! Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 22nd, at noon ET. Watch the full lineup announcement below.