Bonnaroo NE is confirmed to take place Aug. 8-10 at Enterprise Park in Riverhead, L.I. The three-day camping and music festival will be modeled after the original Bonnaroo Music Festival which will once again take place in June in Manchester, Tenn. The initial artist lineup for Bonnaroo NE is listed below. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
With tens of thousands of concertgoers expected to work their way through Queens on the Long Island Rail Road and the Long Island Expressway, the impact to the borough and the surrounding community will likely be enormous that weekend.
While Bonnaroo NE will carry many of the favorable features of the Tennessee festival, it is designed to stand as a landmark event with its own unique character. Were keeping many of the concepts that make the Tennessee festival successful, said Superflys Jonathan Mayers, but we are developing new ideas to give the NE event a separate identity. Bonnaroo NE will showcase superior live performers from an ambitious array of genres, including rock, jazz, folk, funk, pop, hip-hop, electronic, and indie rock.
Bonnaroo NE will include a plethora of non-music attractions and festival extras that are currently being planned. These attractions will be similar in sprit to the attractions offered at the original Bonnaroo which included a festival village, a retro arcade tent, a 24-hour cinema tent, and a cyber café. At Bonnaroo NE, patrons will encounter a similar setup, with a distinct set of vendors and activities.
In the months following the first annual event, Bonnaroo emerged as a familiar brand name representing its own unique approach to entertainment. Last fall, Bonnaroo and Sanctuary Records released Live from Bonnaroo, a double CD featuring live tracks from the festival and a 40-page booklet. A month later Bonnaroo released the now-certified-gold double DVD documentary companion to the festival, including live concert footage, interviews, and an artist photo gallery. Bonnaroo was named the festival of year by both Pollstar and Spin magazines.
Now, with a third large-scale festival set to take place and the first in the Northeast region, Bonnaroo has become the premier festival experience in the country.
Tickets for the Bonnaroo NE Music Festival will go on sale Wednesday, May 7, at 9 a.m. through www.bonnaroo.com
Bonnaroo NE Confirmed Artists:
The Dead (2 Nights), Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The String Cheese Incident, Ween, Government Mule, Medeski Martin & Wood, moe., Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Yo La Tengo, Talib Kweli, Rusted Root, Soulive, North Mississippi Allstars, Yonder Mountain String Band, Disco Biscuits, Cut Chemist, Grandaddy, X-ecutioners, Kings of Leon and Los Amigos Invisibles.
Many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks. The events official festival Web site is www.bonnaroo.com
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