Chattanooga Now Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White to headline Bonnaroo music festival

Chattanooga Now Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White to headline Bonnaroo music festival

February 20th, 2014 by Barry Courter in Chattnow Music

Elton John greets the audience during a concert at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, in this file photo.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

Classic artists Elton John and Lionel Richie will join Jack White and Kanye West as the headliners for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 12-15.

The lineup was announced Wednesday night online during a two-and-half-hour production that featured performances and appearances by Ben Folds, The Flaming Lips and others, and was hosted by comedians Taran Killam and Hannibal Buress.

It will be the first appearances at the festival by John and Richie. White has appeared there multiple times with various bands. West will make a return appearance after an infamous show there in 2008 for which he was blasted by fans for starting his scheduled 2:45 a.m. show at 4:45 a.m. The show, which featured a glow-in-the-dark light show, was delayed by Pearl Jam playing longer than scheduled, and was still going when the sun came up.

Also performing will be Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Arctic Monkeys and Phoenix, who all are making return appearances.

The festival, which Rolling Stone has dubbed one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock 'n' roll, again features a diverse lineup that includes rock (Blackberry Smoke), old-school rap (Ice Cube), bluegrass (The Bluegrass Situation Superjam hosted by Ed Helm) blues (Tedeschi Trucks Band, jamband (Umphrey's McGee) and comedy (Killam).

The performers

Elton John

Kanye West

Jack White

Lionel Richie

Vampire Weekend

The Avett Brothers



Arctic Monkeys

Frank Ocean

The Flaming Lips

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Kaskade, Damon Albarn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wiz Khalifa, SuperJam with Skrillex & Friends, The Bluegrass Situation Superjam hosted by Ed Helm, Disclosure, Cut Copy, The Head and the Heart, Zedd, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Funkiest Dancer, Chromeo, Broken Bells, Tedeschi Trucks Band, James Blake, Bobby Womack, Umphrey's McGee, Ice Cube, Ben Howard, Slightly Stoopid, Fitz and The Tantrums, Cake, Janelle Monáe, Grouplove, Amos Lee

CHVRCHES, Cage The Elephant, Die Antwoord, Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory, Mastodon, Capital Cities, Jake Bugg, Chance The Rapper, Dr. Dog, Yonder Mountain String Band, John Butler Trio, Little Dragon, City and Colour, The Glitch Mob, The Naked and Famous, Taran Killam, Phosphorescent, Drive-By Truckers, Washed Out, Danny Brown, Warpaint, Sam Smith, A$AP Ferg, Darkside, Seasick Steve

Shovels & Rope, Lucero, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Wood Brothers, The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, with special guests Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, DJ Logic and Shazad Ismaily, Pusha T, Meshuggah, Poliça, DakhaBrakha, Goat, ZZ Ward, Seun Kuti, Blackberry Smoke, MS MR, Hannibal Buress, First Aid Kit, Rudimental, A Tribe Called Red, Omar Souleyman, The Bouncing Souls, Greensky Bluegrass, Ty Segall, Sarah Jarosz, Vintage Trouble

Okkervil River, White Denim, Jonathan Wilson, Robert DeLong, Cloud Nothings, Typhoon, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Valerie June, King Khan & The Shrines, Cherub, BANKS, Break Science, The Black Lillies, Real Estate, The Lone Bellow, Caveman, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Jon Batiste, La Santa Cecilia, Classixx, Allah-Las, Cass McCombs, Vance Joy, Haerts, J. Roddy Walston & The Busines, Those Darlins, Deafheaven, Lake Street Dive, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Wild Feathers, The Preatures, Blank Rang

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.