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 20 Sunday performers below a preview (and be sure to check out our Thursday, Friday, and Saturday lists)! See you on the farm!
Sunday | This Tent | 5:30pm
Sunday offers several very cool, under the radar hip hop options, and one exciting one among them is Portland’s Aminé, whose alternative stylings and the buzz of breakout single “Caroline” have lead to millions of streams and a Tonight Show appearance.
LISTEN | “REDMERCEDES”
WATCH | “Caroline” (Official Music Video)
Sunday | New Music On Tap Lounge | 2:15pm
Mixing the sounds of folk and Americana with the spirit and frenetic energy of rock and punk, Swedish trio Baskery have been on our radar for awhile, since they were briefly based in Nashville before ultimately settling in LA- expect a new album soon!
LISTEN | “The Shadow”
WATCH | “Cheerless Leaders” (Official Music Video)
#18: BLUEGRASS SITUATION SUPERJAM
Sunday | That Tent | 9:15pm
A Bonnaroo tradition since 2013, musician/actor Ed Helms welcomes The Bryan Sutton Band, Martina McBride, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Greensky Bluegrass, Mandolin Orange, River Whyless, Gaby Moreno, Baskery, Lillie Mae, and more to The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam!
LISTEN | “Paint This Town”
WATCH | “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (Official Music Video)
#17: ELLA VOS
Sunday | Who Stage | 7:15pm
Boasting a hypnotic, electro-laced, lush, and seductive sound, LA’s Ella Vos has picked up steam online at rapid speed since the release of her debut single, “White Noise,” last fall, and continues to wow us with each subsequent track.
LISTEN | “You Don’t Know About Me”
WATCH | “White Noise” (Official Music Video)
#16: ETHAN GRUSKA
Sunday | New Music On Tap Lounge | 6:15pm
Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Ethan Gruska plays with a sort of raw, vulnerable, earnest style and resonant, engaging, introspective sound that has drawn comparisons to greats like Elliott Smith- be ahead of the curve and get to know him.
LISTEN | “Me Who Wasn’t Trying”
WATCH | “Reoccurring Dream” (Official Music Video)
#15: TANK AND THE BANGAS
Sunday | This Tent | 12:45pm
Winners of the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, New Orleans’ Tank and The Bangas fuse funk, soul, and hip hop with the flair of their hometown, crafting edgy, endlessly fun shows that translate remarkably well with their energetic live show.
LISTEN | “Boxes and Squares”
WATCH | “Quick” (Official Music Video)
#14: ROYAL BLOOD
Sunday | What Stage | 4:15pm
British rock duo Royal Blood navigate the realms of psych, garage, and blues rock, fusing a retro affinity with an unabashed, no frills modern rock sensibility. They return to ‘Roo after 2015, just days before their sophomore LP, How Did We Get So Dark?
LISTEN | “Figure It Out”
WATCH | “Lights Out” (Official Music Video)
#13: FLINT EASTWOOD
Sunday | Who Stage | 1:30pm
The indie pop alias of musician Jax Anderson, Detroit’s Flint Eastwood is a bombastic, confident, and flourishing musical badass, and her Club Stage set, the day after an outing with SuperJam, is one of Sunday’s undercard gems.
LISTEN | “Find What You’re Looking For”
WATCH | “Queen” (Official Music Video)
#12: THE WEEKND
Sunday | What Stage | 10:15pm
Perhaps a bit of a curveball in the slot usually unofficially reserved for legacy acts, alt r&b singer The Weeknd, at a career high after last year’s massive Starboy, should nonetheless be a fun, contemporary, engaging way to end the weekend.
LISTEN | “High for This”
WATCH | “I Feel It Coming” ft. Daft Punk (Official Music Video)
#11: AARON LEE TASJAN
Sunday | That Tent | 3:15pm
For the past two years running, eclectic local artist Aaron Lee Tasjan has released one of our favorite LPs, 2015’s In the Blazes, and last year’s Silver Tears. Navigating gritty, honest, indie folk, Tasjan has quite the pedigree and a stellar live show to boot.
LISTEN | “Don’t Walk Away”
WATCH | “Little Movies” (Official Music Video)
Sunday | This Tent | 2:15pm
Chicago’s Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) is both an accomplished rapper and poet, and rose to broader recognition after guesting on Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap. Her debut mixtape, Telefone, dropped last year to high praise.
LISTEN | “Shadow Man”
WATCH | Tiny Desk Concert
#9: DUA LIPA
Sunday | This Tent | 4:00pm
English indie pop up and comer Dua Lipa just released her eponymous debut LP last week, but has been lighting up the blogosphere now for a few years, thanks to a buzzy series of early singles and almost immediate major label interest.
LISTEN | “Be the One
WATCH | “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” (Official Music Video)
Sunday | Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Barn | 7:00pm
Fusing elements of rap and cabaret with a provocative, sex-postivie, feminist, image and live show, Nashville born and New Orleans based Boyfriend is set to make multiple performances at the Christmas Barn, as well as Saturday’s SuperJam.
LISTEN | “Marie Antoinette” ft. Big Freedia
WATCH | “Like My Hand Did” (Official Music Video)
Sunday | This Tent | 9:00pm
Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD are effectively a contemporary, genre-bending jazz band, but their affinity for hip hop and wide-ranging sound has let to collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, and Danny Brown.
LISTEN | “Velvet”
WATCH | “Lavender” ft. KAYTRANADA (Official Music Video)
#6: WHITE REAPER
Sunday | What Stage | 2:15pm
One of our favorite rising rock acts (and stars of our most infamous rooftop Acme showcase), Louisville garage punks White Reaper have achieved anthemic, epic new heights with their surprisingly polished latest effort, The World’s Best American Band.
LISTEN | “Make Me Wanna Die”
WATCH | “Judy French” (Official Music Video)
#5: FLATBUSH ZOMBIES
Sunday | This Tent | 7:15pm
Named for the Brooklyn neighborhood where they reside, hip hop trio Flatbush Zombies call back to the classic era of east coast hip hop, and despite their formal debut LP, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, only arriving last year, have collaborated with some huge names.
LISTEN | “Palm Trees”
WATCH | “Bounce” (Official Music Video)
#4: HANNIBAL BURESS
Sunday | Comedy & Cinema Tent | 5:15pm
Beloved comedian, actor, writer, and producer Hannibal Buress has, perhaps, become more known for his on-screen appearances in recent years, but he’s a standup first and foremost, and his laid back, observational, and sharp style is unrivaled.
LISTEN | “A Love Letter to New Orleans”
WATCH | Live on The Tonight Show
#3: MARGO PRICE
Sunday | Which Stage | 3:15pm
Nashville’s own Margo Price has found unprecedented success (and made her SNL debut) thanks to her remarkable, 2016 solo debut Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, and her unabashedly raw, retro, and badass take on country.
LISTEN | “Hands of Time”
WATCH | “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)” (Official Music Video)
#2: CRYSTAL CASTLES
Sunday | Which Stage | 7:15pm
Despite the departure of singer Alice Glass a few years ago, Canadian electropunks Crystal Castles are still going strong, with new singer Edith Frances making her debut on last year’s Amnesty (I). Their first Bonnaroo in 8 years feels like a fitting comeback.
LISTEN | “Affection”
WATCH | “Concrete” (Official Music Video)
Sunday | What Stage | 8:15pm
Just days ahead of the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore LP, Melodrama, young, buzzy New Zealand art pop singer Lorde hits Bonnaroo for the first time- not just Sunday’s highlight, but one of the most essential performances of the whole weekend.
LISTEN | “Buzzcut Season”
WATCH | “Green Light” (Official Music Video)