It’s that time of year again. The time when bands lobby, beg, and plead for your vote to send them to Bonnaroo. The wildly successful (and fun) 8 off 8th variation of Battle of the Bands, Road to Bonnaroo, has taken on a bit of a new look this year, with ten (instead of eight) artists in each of the three monthly competitions, split across two stages (Mercy Lounge & The High Watt) for three song sets. The judging has remained the same as previous years, however, with the votes split between media and industry professionals and YOU, the fans!
Last week’s inaugural round was insanely competitive, but Blank Range, armed with some heavy-hitting guests, walked away with a win, making them the first band officially confirmed for this year’s Bonnaroo (the rest of the lineup proper arrives Feb. 19, so we’ll have a better idea of who the next winners will be joining before round two).
Though it’s still a month away, the second Road to Bonnaroo lineup has already arrived, and, per usual, it’s packed with bands we’ve told you tons about in the past. Here’s who you can expect to see this time: The Common Tiger, El El, Future Unlimited, Jung Youth, Justin Kalk Orchestra, Music Band, Rebecca Roubion, *repeat repeat, Scale Model, and The Young International. Check below to have a listen and start finding a favorite now.
Reminder… In fairness, the order of bands is chosen at random about an hour before the show. So, mark your calendar now for March 3, and make sure you get there early because this FREE event tends to hit capacity. Don’t worry, we (and ten of your favorite new bands) will remind you plenty between now and then. And, for you plan-ahead types, the third and final round will go down April 7, lineup TBA.
THE COMMON TIGER
JUSTIN KALK ORCHESTRA
THE YOUNG INTERNATIONAL