The Bonnaroo 2017 headliners are U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Weeknd and Chance the Rapper.
U2 is stopping at Bonnaroo as part of the classic rock band’s tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their “Joshua Tree” album, which they’ll be playing in its entirety in Manchester. If there was ever a moment for you to bond with Mom and Dad, this is it, standing in a hot field sob singing “With Or Without You.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined a couple big festivals in 2016, namely in support of their 11th album, “The Getaway.” Anthony Kiedis, Flea and the mighty, mighty Chili Peppers were made to headline festivals and they have the crowd-pleasing discography to prove it.
The Weeknd, the pop star from Canada who dropped an album last year called “Starboy,” will be there to slow down the party.
Last but not least, Chance the Rapper! He made several appearances last year at Bonnaroo — as he has at many Bonnaroos in the past, because he loves the place — and he also performed even though he was not on the bill. This year, he’s on the bill and he’ll be giving a proper, main stage performance of tracks from his recent album, “Coloring Book.”
2. Other big names
There is a lot of star power coming to Bonnaroo this year. In addition to those massive headliners, here are a few other biggies that’ll be rocking Manchester: Diplo’s dance squad Major Lazer; pop wonder Lorde, who’s supposed to be releasing her second album this year; indie pop wonders the xx, who have a new album out this week; “Rodeo” rapper Travis Scott; folk rock sweethearts the Head & the Heart; so-called “instrumetal livetronica” group Big Gigantic; indie rock revivalists Car Seat Headrest; Canadian spitter Tory Lanez; and Canadian twin sister pop heroes Tegan & Sara.
3. Fine print
With so many interesting up-and-coming artists on the bill, there will be plenty to do during the daylight hours at Bonnaroo. We recommend you check out the following sets: indie rockers Kevin Morby, Lucy Dacus and the Front Bottoms; the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band; rising Chicago rapper Noname; country singer Margo Price; and “Broccoli” lover D.R.A.M.
Crystal Castles are playing. Did you know they still exist? Well, they do. According to Wikipedia.com, the Canadian electro-dance duo is supposed to be releasing a new album in August. It’ll be their first since 2012. Surprise!
But the biggest Bonnaroo surprise is U2, of course. They are an iconic band and this is a big deal.
Bonnaroo 2017, with such a diverse lineup, will surely be a great time for all. But imagine how much greater that time could be if Chance the Rapper, U2’s the Edge and Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis all get on stage together and rappity rap. Stay positive, it could happen.