Bonnaroo week is upon us, and, as we prepare to head down to Manchester this weekend, June 8-11, for what is shaping up to be a stellar 16th year for the nearby event, and as we wind down our Band of the Day individual artist spotlight series, we wanted to help you get ready by taking it a step further, with a guide to our most-anticipated performers for each day of fest. Complete with times, stages, and song previews, we’ve exhaustively done our homework and picked out artists we think should top your list, so if you’re scrambling to pack and still in the dark on making your schedule, give the 15 Thursday performers below a preview! See you on the farm!
#15: JAMES HERSEY
Thursday | Who Stage | 6:30pm
Hailing from Vienna, Austria, electro-tinged singer-songwriter James Hersey has been building buzz stateside lately with a string of hook-laden, personal indie pop tunes and a polished performance style.
LISTEN | “Everyone’s Talking”
WATCH | “Miss You” (Official Music Video)
Thursday | The Other | 2:00am
Known for his house and trap stylings, California DJ Ookay has become a prominent fixture in the electronic scene. He’s closing down Thursday with a super late night set, and his crossover appeal should hook even casual EDM fans.
LISTEN | “Stay Forever”
WATCH | “Thief” (Official Music Video)
#13: JULY TALK
Thursday | This Tent | 7:15pm
Weaving between influences of indie rock, blues, alternative, and punk, eclectic, Juno winning Toronto outfit July Talk are anchored by the frenetic, juxtaposed forces of vocalists Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay.
LISTEN | “Paper Girl”
WATCH | “Push + Pull” (Official Music Video)
Thursday | This Tent | 10:45pm
Formerly a more conventional EDM act known as The Eden Project, Irish up and comer Jonathon Ng now makes more indie pop geared music as simply EDEN, lighting up the blogosphere with his 2016 EP i think you think too much of me.
LISTEN | “drugs”
WATCH | “sex” (Official Music Video)
#11: TEN FÉ
Thursday | New Music On Tap Lounge | 10:15pm
A band who seem to have outgrown their Club Stage slot before Roo’s arrival, buzzy rising English duo Ten Fé adopt a dreamy, retro fusion of indie pop and heartland rock with swirling, subdued electronic flourish.
LISTEN | “Elodie”
WATCH | “Turn” (Official Music Video)
#10: JOHNNY BALIK
Thursday | New Music On Tap Lounge | 11:45pm
Canadian born, Chattanooga based r&b/soul singer Johnny Balik cut breakout single “I Need It” with Chance the Rapper producer Peter Cottontale, and has the pipes and swagger of a pop star in the making.
LISTEN | “I Need It”
WATCH | “Made 2 Love U” (Acoustic)
#9: NATASHA LEGGERO & MOSHE KASHER
Thursday | Comedy & Cinema Tent | 10:45pm
Husband-wife standup duo Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher couldn’t be more different at first glance, but their sharp, observational stylings and hilarious delivery make them the best of the first day’s comedy slate.
LISTEN | Natasha Leggero – “Girl, You Ain’t Got No Arms”
WATCH | Moshe Kasher – “Hairy Arms” (Official Music Video)
#8: MT. JOY
Thursday | New Music On Tap Lounge | 8:45pm
After nearly disbanding due to other life commitments, folky, indie rockers Mt. Joy were pulled back together thanks to surprise, runaway buzz last year for their early singles. Read more about them in our Band of the Day feature.
LISTEN | “Sheep”
WATCH | “Astrovan” (Acoustic)
#7: INNANET JAMES
Thursday | The Other | 9pm
DC area rapper Innanet James carved out a career online with his stunning, recent debut mixtape Quebec Place, and is a gem of this year’s somewhat sparse hip hop lineup. Read more about him in our Band of the Day feature.
LISTEN | “Black”
WATCH | “Summer” (Official Music Video)
#6: CHARLOTTE CARDIN
Thursday | Who Stage | 9:30pm
Sultry Canadian pop singer Charlotte Cardin rose to fame on Quebec singing show La Voix, before spending several years crafting her poignant, soaring solo debut, Big Boy. Read more about her in our Band of the Day feature.
LISTEN | “Dirty Dirty”
WATCH | “Like It Doesn’t Hurt” ft. Husser (Official Music Video)
#5: HIPPO CAMPUS
Thursday | This Tent | 5:45pm
St. Louis indie rockers Hippo Campus are fast building buzz, and after a few recent, well-received Nashville shows, we’re eager to catch them at their ‘Roo debut. Read more about them in our Band of the Day feature.
LISTEN | “South”
WATCH | “way it goes” (Official Music Video)
Thursday | That Tent | 5pm
Nashville transplant Jehsea Wells, who performs as Welles, seems destined for big things, with a knack for penning raw, earnest, retro, and psych-tinged genre-bending rock tunes. Read more about him in our Band of the Day feature.
LISTEN | “Life Like Mine”
WATCH | “Hold Me Like I’m Leaving” (Live)
#3: KEVIN ABSTRACT
Thursday | This Tent | 12:40am
A part of LA’s BROCKHAMPTON hip hop collective, versatile, genre-bending rapper and singer Kevin Abstract brings Frank Ocean-esque intrigue with his artsy aesthetic. Read more about him in our Band of the Day feature.
LISTEN | “Drugs”
WATCH | “Runner” (Official Music Video)
#2: THE ORWELLS
Thursday | That Tent | 8:00pm
Known for their wild show and on the heels of a new LP, young Chicago garage punks The Orwells return after chaotic and unforgettable club stage set in 2014. Read more about them in our Band of the Day feature.
LISTEN | “Southern Comfort”
WATCH | “They Put a Body in the Bayou” (Official Music Video)
#1: THE LEMON TWIGS
Thursday | That Tent | 9:45pm
Not just an must-see on Thursday, but among the best of the entire fest, young brothers The Lemon Twigs channel a retro, genre-bending, unique, and unrivaled pop-infused rock. Read more about them in our Band of the Day feature.
LISTEN | “These Words”
WATCH | “I Wanna Prove to You” (Official Music Video)