The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival today released their 2010 schedule to the public. It also marked the return of their Zoltaroo tool, which attempts to help you locate bands to see based on artists you like.
While most of the artists’ dates and approximate times had already been deduced by Superfans on the Bonnaroo fan boards, there were some surprises among the shows on the schedule. Here are a few of the biggest surprises revealed by the 2010 schedule:
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips are scheduled to play from Midnight to 2:00 AM on the Which Stage. While Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne leaked the band’s Friday Late Night show on the Which Stage several weeks before the lineup dropped, he claimed the band would play a 2-hour set of Flaming Lips songs followed by a complete run-through of Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side of the Moon beginning at 2:30. If this schedule is correct, it appears that The Flaming Lips will not be playing the expected 3.5 hours. Since they are still listed as “featuring Star Death and White Dwarfs,” it is assumed the Dark Side of the Moon set is still a go.
Young Bands Moving Up
A couple of bands have improved their notoriety through recent success and have been rewarded by Bonnaroo with an upgraded set position. The Gaslight Anthem, who everyone assumed would be a middle-of-the-day tent act, have been placed on the Which Stage, Bonnaroo’s second biggest. Their Friday set from 1:45 to 2:45 could be the launching pad for a career that has already begun to take off.
Another act who has received a major upgrade from expectations coming off a hot year are The Zac Brown Band. While their recent hit songs caused most to assume they would be playing The What Stage, Bonnaroo’s biggest, it was assumed by many that John Fogerty’s legendary status would afford him the pre-headlining slot leading into Dave Matthews Band’s festival closing set. But it was Zac Brown who received the coveted pre-headliner slot, playing from 6:30-8:00 on Sunday evening.
Bonnaroo will be held June 10-13 in Manchester, Tennessee. If you’d like to go, tickets are still available through Bonnaroo’s official website.
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