Bonnaroo Artist | FLETCHER
Bonnaroo History | 2018
Stage & Time | Sunday | Which Stage | 2:45-3:45pm
Like we’ve been doing for many years now, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with many of our favorite acts from Bonnaroo‘s 2022 lineup. And, for the first time in three years, we finally feel confident that there definitely will be a Bonnaroo this year, after a postponement then cancelation in 2020 due to Covid, and an unfortunate rainout of last year’s would-be September event. Returned to its traditional timeframe of June 16-19, this marks Bonnaroo’s 21st summer and 19th installment, and features a largely new lineup for the festival’s much-anticipated return!
As we dig through the entire schedule, we’ll highlight a spread of performers spanning across genres and stages, big and small, new and old, to bring you some of the most interesting, lesser-known, and most highly-recommended among this year’s crop of artists. And as our time at ‘Roo approaches, we’ll also be bringing you some special features and full list-style daily lineup guides, to help you plan your weekend ahead of the fest. While these previews won’t span every artist, and might omit some more obvious must-see acts, we hope they’ll serve as a way to help you navigate Bonnaroo’s gargantuan lineup, and to make the most of your busy weekend on the farm!
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Raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and passionate about music from young age, first enrolling in vocal lessons at age five, Cari Elise Fletcher, who performs mononymously as FLETCHER, initially landed on the national stage in her teens, competing on the inaugural season of the American version of music competition show The X Factor. Upon graduating high school, she enrolled in NYU, pausing her education temporarily to spend a year in Nashville, where she worked on her first solo material, including buzzy debut single “War Paint,” culminating in self-released 2016 EP Finding Fletcher. A college degree, a major label deal with Capitol, a move to Los Angeles, and a lot of online buzz would follow, before the pop singer, who identifies as queer, made something of a reintroduction with 2019 single “Undrunk,” showcasing a more honed and stylish pop sound and the confessional, vulnerable lyrical stylings that have become her trademark. FLETCHER’s 2019 EP You Ruined New York City for Me, helmed by famed producer Malay, was heralded as one of the year’s best pop albums, and before Covid put live shows on pause, she had been announced to support Niall Horan on tour. The breakout artist stayed pretty prolific during the pandemic, dropping another EP- her best work to date- The S(ex) Tapes in 2020, contributing to the soundtracks of Promising Young Woman, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, and Love, Victor, and releasing a string of more recent tunes, including the hypnotic and dreamy Hayley Kiyoko teamup “Cherry.” Between her modern, refined, hook-laden musical ethos, and her unabashedly queer, earnest, and relatable thematic focus, FLETCHER has become one of pop’s most essential new artists, and amassed a cult following and millions of streams in the process. It feels like she’s just on the bubble of being a superstar (similar to Dua Lipa’s first Bonnaroo outing a few years ago, on the cusp of massive fame), which makes this an incredibly exciting time to see her return to Roo, where she last rocked The Who Stage four years ago.
WATCH | “Cherry” ft. Hayley Kiyoko (Official Music Video)
LISTEN | “Bitter” ft. Kito