Bonnaroo announces 2020 lineup with a (ever-so-slight) lean towards rock.

You can learn a lot about where music is going by studying what kind of acts the big music festivals are booking. Promoters need to have their finger on the pulse of the musical zeitgeist so they can sell as many tickets as possible.

In 2019, the three major American mega-festivals–Coachella, Lollpalooza, and Bonnaroo–all had a strong bias towards hip-hop and hop. Hell, Lollpalooza 2019 even had Ariana Grande as a headliner!

This year, though, there’s a little more rock in the mix. Coachella 2020 is leaning that way, booking Rage Against the Machine as one of the headliners.

Now we have the lineup for Bonnaroo 2020. Same thing.

Again, I find it both fascinating and disturbing that I don’t recognize many of the names on this poster. I’ve got work to do.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Bonnaroo announces 2020 lineup with a (ever-so-slight) lean towards rock.

  • January 7, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Megan Thee Stallion and Tipper are above Brittany Howard on this bill. The world has gone mad…

  • January 11, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Get to know King Gizzard. It is a firm recommendation.
    Maybe you told me about them.


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