In the beginning of 2018, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival announced its expansive lineup, which is headed by Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, and Bon Iver. Slated for June 7th through 10th at The Farm in Manchester, Tennessee, this year, Bonnaroo has tapped a characteristically diverse lineup, which features acts from nearly every genre and offers a little bit of something for everyone. However, since the festival’s inception in 2002, Bonnaroo has had its roots in the jam scene. As the years have gone by, the jam scene has become less of a distinct focus for the giant music festival; however, the festival still maintains its early origins with its annual SuperJam, a term the festival more-or-less coined over a decade-and-a-half ago.
Today, Bonnaroo has announced the theme and lineup for this year’s highly anticipated SuperJam. In 2018, the SuperJam will act as a tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, with My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and VHS Or Beta singer and guitarist Craig Pfunder serving as the set’s musical directors.
Dubbed Into The Great Wide Open, the super jam will see collaborations between special guests like Sheryl Crow, Sameer Gadhia (Young the Giant), Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso), David Shaw (The Revivalists), Moon Taxi, Vanessa Carlton, Langhorne Slim, Japanese Breakfast, Frenship, Rayland Baxter, Bucky Baxter, Durand Jones & The Indications, Larkin Poe, The Wild Feathers, Jalen N’Gonda and more. The house band for Into The Great Wide Open consists of Pfunder and Hallahan, plus Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket), Pat Sansone (Wilco), Mark Heideger (Vandaveer), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen) and The Watson Twins.
While this is tentatively the lineup for Bonnaroo’s annual SuperJam, expect the unexpected, with a press release promising additional special guests, both announced and unannounced, who will perform during the set.
The full lineup for Bonnaroo 2018 features a diverse array of other pop, hip-hop, jam, soul and electronic artists including Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver, Khalid, Paramore, Alt-J, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Sylvan Esso, Rebelution, The Revivalists, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Rufus Du Sol, Alison Wonderland, Moon Taxi, The Glitch Mob Carnage, Rag’N’Bone Man, Thundercat, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Old Crow Medicine Show, Playboi Carti, The Glitch Mob, Broken Social Scene, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thundercat, Mavis Staples, Denzel Curry Amadou & Mariam, Midland, Manic Focus, Blank Rage, Manchester Orchestra, Big Wild, Tash Sultana, Grand Ole Opry, The Regrettes, T-Pain and many more. You can check out the entire 2018 festival lineup here. You can also check out their list of recently announced late-night performers here.