Bonnaroo Artist | Sawyer
Bonnaroo History | Newbie
Stage & Time | Wednesday | Galactic Giddy Up (Plaza 5) | 7:00-8:00pm || Thursday | Who Stage | 4:00-4:45pm
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!
Grab your tickets right here if you haven’t already, and read on for our Bonnaroo Artist Spotlight!
While they’ve been making music together since 2015, local indie pop duo Sawyer really captured our (and the internet’s) attention with their 2019 EP Less Than More Than, a confessional, sparkling, harmony-laden, and breezy pop effort which set the template for a string of fantastic singles since, a regular fixture on our official playlist. Made up of Kel Taylor and Emma Harvey, who previously made music solo before formally coming together as a band in college, Sawyer have toured in support of popular acts like joan, The Aces, Nightly, and The Brook & The Bluff (and will soon embark on their first headlining tour ever), while also regularly appearing on stages around town. Their many years of writing music together and hundreds of live dates has really helped hone the duo’s sound into something formidable, which is sharp, layered, and timeless; earnest and relatable and effortless and anthemic indie pop that echoes artists like Haim or Maggie Rogers. It’s always so special when a duo operate at such a perfect artistic wavelength (not to mention when their voices blend so beautifully), and if you haven’t yet jumped on the Sawyer bandwagon, you’re missing out on one of Nashville’s most impressive and promising underground gems. Though they’ll debut in Centeroo on Thursday, if you’re arriving on the farm early, don’t sleep on Sawyer’s Wednesday performance in the Campground Plazas!
WATCH | “The Way My Friends Feel About You” (Official Music Video)
LISTEN | “Emotional Girls”