Ready to do the Bonnaroo

Valentine’s Day was not only for lovers, this year it was for rockers too. Wednesday morning, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announced its initial lineup for the 2007 festival to be held on June 14-17 in Manchester, Tenn.

This year thousands of people will trek to a 700-acre farm about 60 miles south of Nashville. The festival will feature over 100 bands and 20 comedians on different stages 24 hours a day for the entire event.

Bonnaroo offers music and comedy for every taste under the sun. Headlining this year’s festival is a reunited Police featuring Sting. The Police recently announced a reunion tour and by playing Bonnaroo, they seem to be making a push for a younger audience who may have never even heard of them.

On the other stages of Bonnaroo are festival mainstays such as Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, The String Cheese Incident, Franz Ferdinand and Gov’t Mule. Additionally, for the pure rockers out there bands like Tool, The White Stripes and Fountains of Wayne will be making appearances on the big stages of Bonnaroo.

In the comedy arena, Lewis Black, David Cross and Dave Attell have all been tapped to fill in the gaps and soothe the audience’s appetite for non-stop entertainment.

Bonnaroo is also a stage for new artists trying to make the break past cult status, this year artists such The Decemberists, Paolo Nutini and Keller Williams are all artists looking to expand their listener base.

Tickets for this year’s festival are a steal at no more than $215 for the entire four days of entertainment. Camping is permitted on the grounds; however, RV users must pay an extra fee for the privilege. Anyone looking for special treatment can pay for the VIP tickets available at a price of $1100. VIPs get unheard of festival perks such as: special parking and camping sites, exclusive showers and restrooms, and free food. As someone, who has spent several days bogged down in the trenches of two separate festivals, I would have paid much, much more for these advantages.

If you are music addict looking to side step actually paying for tickets, the festival is looking for creative people to help design logos for merchandise to be sold during the event. Designers that are chosen will receive two free tickets to this year’s festival.

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has been held annually for the last six years. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale Feb. 23 and any additional information can be found at

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