While many artists have made it a habit to frequent the annual crop of summer music festivals, at least one particular name has typically been absent year after year, but not anymore. The exclusive Feb. 19 live lineup announcement for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music Festival officially confirmed that the legendary Elton John will be headlining the 13th installment of the event when it takes over Manchester, Tenn., from June 12-15.
Making the Elton John appearance especially notable is the fact that he's never before appeared at Bonnaroo, and in general, is usually not one to play music festivals, though he did most recently perform at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Of the other headliners gracing the Bonnaroo 2014 lineup, Kanye West last memorably appeared in 2008, while Jack White has previously performed with The White Stripes, but this year will mark his first time taking the stage as a solo artist. As of mid-February, he's also scheduled to play Governors Ball and the Fress Press Summer Festival.
Lionel Richie also technically will be a first-timer at Bonnaroo, though as noted by many news outlets, he did make a special appearance in 2012 during a set by Kenny Rogers. Unlike most of the artists on this year's bill, Richie also can be seen throughout the summer during his extended All the Hits All Night Long Tour that will be traveling North America along with Cee Lo Green.
Among the list of supporting acts booked for the festival are Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kaskade, Damon Albarn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wiz Khalifa, The Head and the Heart, Zedd, Broken Bells, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Janelle Monae, Grouplove, Amos Lee, Chvrches, Cage the Elephant, Capital Cities, and many more.
Upwards of 150 artists will appear over the course of the four-day festival, and as evidenced by the snapshot of artists mentioned above, the lineup once again features its signature mix of acts spanning virtually all music genres. Visit the Vivid Seats marketplace for your pick of Bonnaroo tickets that can be purchased individually or for all four days of incredible live performances.