After six years away, Phish will be returning to The Farm to headline this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester.
Bonnaroo announced its 2019 lineup early Tuesday morning, surprising fans with an eclectic mix of rap artists, jam bands and DJs galore.
In a throwback to the festival’s jam-band-festival roots, Phish will play three sets over two days during the four-day festival held June 13-16 at Great Stage Park in Manchester.
Also making return appearances to The Farm are Childish Gambino and The Lumineers, who are scheduled to perform on Friday and Sunday, respectively, as well as rapper Post Malone and electronic duo Odesza.
Other artists on the bill include chart-topping rapper Cardi B, in her first performance at The Farm, R&B artist Solange, Americana group The Avett Brothers, country artist Kacey Musgraves, comedy group The Lonely Island and indie pop group Walk the Moon.
Tickets for this year’s festival will go on sale Thursday at noon EST, exclusively at www.bonnaroo.com.
The full lineup can be found at Bonnaroo.com/lineup or on any of the festival’s social media platforms.
New plaza experiences
This year will see a litany of new experiences for fans to enjoy all over the grounds of The Farm, including in the several camping areas, called Plazas. Full details and maps of each site will be released in the coming months.
Plaza 2 will be taken over by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams. She dubbed her plaza the Sanctuary of Self Love, and will see the area focused on mental health, how people treat themselves as whole beings and taking time for yourself. More details will be released soon.
Other updated plazas include the Barn in Plaza 9, which hosted the Happy Roo Day party last year, Plaza 4, the center of the site, the Plaza 6 central campgrounds and the VIP Plaza. More details about those improvements will be released as the festival nears.
There will also be some returning plaza themes in 2019, according to Bonnaroo officials.
The House of Yes and Little Cinema will be returning to Bonnaroo in Plaza 3, according to the Bonnaroo site. This year the site will feature circus acts, interactive immersive shows and themed parties.
The Nashville-themed barn known as The Ville will also be making its return to Plaza 7 in 2019. Everything that will be going on in this area will be inspired by Nashville, from the music to the art installments. Bonnaroo reportedly partnered with Nashville Convention and Visitors Corps and the local makerspace Fort Huston to bring the space to life.
Another feature of Plaza 7 will be The Grove, which is returning for 2019. The Grove is a shaded area hidden in the trees with numerous art installments scattered around. Musical experiences can occur here at various hours.
To see all the updated plaza information, visit Bonnaroo.com/experience/camping-plazas/.
Erin McCullough may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Manchester Times contributed to this report.