Meshuggah said they were planning to play North American festivals to celebrate its 25th anniversary. And now we know that one of those festivals will include Bonnaroo. Yet that’s just the icing on the cake, since also playing the four day music festival in Manchester, TN will be Mastodon and Deafheaven.
The 2014 lineup was announced during the BLAM (the Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon) stream just minutes ago. The bands mentioned above join an oddball lineup that also includes Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Skrillex, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Lionel Richie, Lauryn Hill, Cake, Avett Brothers, Vampire Weekend, Of Monsters & Men, Ice Cube, and many others. That’s right, Meshuggah and Mastodon are going to be playing a festival with Elton John, Lionel Richie and Kanye West.
Mastodon and Deafheaven are no strangers to such festivals (with Mastodon once appearing at Bonnaroo in 2008). However, we’re definitely surprised to hear Meshuggah’s name. Granted, Bonnaroo are no strangers to having metal present at its festival (having had Metallica, Danzig, GWAR, Shadows Fall and countless other grace its billing). But we assumed that Meshuggah’s 25th anniversary teaser was implying touring festivals rather than something like Bonnaroo (and hell, maybe it still is). Whether this means Meshuggah will pop up on other big festivals like Lollapalooza, though, remains to be seen.
Bonnaroo is taking place June 12 – 15 in Manchester, TN. You can check out the full Bonnaroo lineup over at the festival’s website.