New Roo Clues and BLAM! Superjams

“We played a song with [Yoko Ono] and her son,” Flaming Lips keyboardist and guitarist Jake Ingalls explains to Memphis Flyer of the band’s headlining Amnesty International’s Bring Human Rights Home Concert on February 5th. “We loaded out from that and went straight to the David Letterman load in, and then into the [Vans] Warehouse in Brooklyn for a modern super-jam advertisement with Ben Folds…We’ve done our load out three times in the last 48 hours. We pretty much didn’t sleep for three days.”  Following these gigs Wayne Coyne will resume his tour of the record shops of America, meeting fans and selling goodies – including the chocolate “Skull Mega Box” 30th anniversary reissue edition of the band’s debut EP.  In the midst of all the Lips’ New York work – loading in, performing, and loading out – the band has been busy rehearsing for tonight’s BLAM! “superjam” taping with Folds and Foxygen frontman Jonathan Rado.  Watch snippets of the rehearsals below and tune in February 19th to watch tonight’s performance.

Although all major music festival rosters are hyped Bonnaroo’s line-up announcement is not just anticipated – it’s treated like a puzzle to solve. Central to deciphering which other artists have been booked is and Bonnaroo’s social media savvy pre-announcement teases, including their annual ‘Roo Clues.” In the lead-up to BLAM! revealing this year’s artists on February 19th, scroll down for a recap of this year’s hints:

Believed to reveal: Washed Out

Believed to reveal: Break Science

Believed to reveal: CHVRCHES (who were already confirmed on inforoo)

Believed to reveal: Bloc Party (or maybe The Birthday Party or Andrew WK, who has suggested he’ll be at Roo with this facebook post)

Believed to reveal: First Aid Kit

Believed to reveal: Broken Bells

Believed to reveal: Phosphorescent

Believed to reveal: Boy George

Believed to reveal: Who knows? Janelle Monae maybe…

Believed to reveal: Meshuggah

UPDATE Two more clues:

Believed to reveal: My Morning Jacket

Believed to reveal: Neutral Milk Hotel

Speculation is running wild in the lead up to Bonnaroo’s official line-up announcement on February 19th.  In addition to the Roo Clues, several 2014 acts have leaked on Inforoo: The Flaming Lips (allegedly direct from Wayne Coyne’s mouth), Andrew BirdCage the ElephantElton John, Kanye West, CHVRCHES, Fitz and the Tantrums, Avett Brothers, DEAFHEAVEN and Kaiser Chiefs.  Others heavily rumored include Neutral Milk Hotel, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Cake, Andrew WK, The Kills, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sleigh Bells, St. Vincent, Umphrey’s McGee, Washed Out, and of course OutKast. The fake poster below sums up much of the scuttlebutt bouncing around the web:

To find out which of these are legit, which are fake and the full line-up, watch February 19th ‘s Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon, or BLAM! for short.  The pre-show starts on Bonnaroo’s website at 7PM EST with performances from past fests by My Morning Jacket, Phish, Dave Matthews, Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, fun., The Lumineers, Jack Johnson and other “surprises.” BLAM! will follow at 9 with comedians Taran Killam and Hannibal Buress and The Flaming Lips/ Ben Folds’ “superjam.”

UPDATE – February 17 Bonnaroo has released a BLAM! teaser with a bit of footage from the superjam:

BLAM! will also screen at official “watch parties” hosted by the following record shops:

Free goodies will be given out at these locations including “stylish free t-shirts compliments of our friends at GAP,” “official BLAM! posters,”  and “samples of Ben & Jerry’s Bonnaroo Coffee Caramel Buzz.” There will also be in-store discounts on 2014 Bonnaroo artist catalogs and contests to win GA or VIP tickets to this year’s Bonnaroo and “sweet prizes from our friends at Xbox.”  Check the official events page here for additional locations being added.


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