Bonnaroo’s 2013 lineup looks to set itself apart from previous acts

By Kevin Bartelt

When more than 80,000 people attend a four-day music festival, expectations elevate for the following years.

With memorable performances from the Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica (just to name a few), the young Kevin Bartelt has improved with age. However, the 2013 mega lineup will distinguish itself from any ordinary music festival.

Throwbacks are making a comeback. Bonnaroo executed this with many unforgettable standouts this summer, including Paul McCartney, Billy Idol, ZZ Top and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Although Lollapalooza summoned the reunion of Black Sabbath last year, many attendees only recognized “Crazy Train.”

This year, McCartney’s and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’s wide range of Billboard hits will appeal to a range of people. The inclusion of the Wu-Tang Clan will also exemplify the variety of fans. Bonnaroo’s diverse throwback bands are an impressive feature to the festival.

The modern bands performing at Bonnaroo this year also successfully reflect a variety of music. I try not to look at the lineup by genre, but rather by “over-appreciated” and “under-appreciated” status. The over-appreciated bands at Bonnaroo are played regularly on the radio, at parties and on Spotify across the United States. These artists include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit and Mumford & Sons. However, there are many bands that deserve recognition that will also be performing. Some of the under-appreciated bands include Grizzly Bear, Matt & Kim (besides “Daylight”), Portugal. The Man, The XX and Beach House. My favorite aspect of Bonnaroo makes it different than other music festivals: comedians. Bonnaroo has some great comedians this year, including Daniel Tosh and Mike Birbiglia/kb. These two comedians also fit the categories of over-appreciated and under-appreciated. Tosh is known by millions while Bibiglia should be equally as popular, but isn’t as well-known. Regardless, these two comedians guarantee a great performance. In addition, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation Superjam (Andy from “The Office”) have slots in the festival

Throwbacks, new hits, unheard-of hits and comedians will summon thousands to Tennessee this summer. Bonnaroo 2013 will be one for the books.