Has Bonnaroo Gone Too Mainstream? Organizers Say No

A general view of the atmosphere at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 9, 2016 in Manchester, Tenn.

With U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and a collection of pop, hip-hop and EDM headliners, Bonnaroo has veered more sharply than ever from its origins as a jam-band festival in a dusty Manchester, Tennessee, field. You have to drop down to the fifth line of the 2017 poster to find a heavily improvisational rock band — Umphrey’s McGee — which is unusual for the festival, even in recent years. More