Bonnaroo Artist | Still Woozy
Bonnaroo History | Newbie
Stage & Time | Friday | This Tent | 9:30-10:30pm
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!
The solo vehicle of Oakland based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sven Gamsky, who previously fronted math rock group Feed Me Jack, Still Woozy was born out of a desire to express Sven’s more singular artistic vision, beginning with very DIY origins and self-released lo-fi recordings, which found the project a quick and unexpected audience upon release in 2017. A native of the Bay Area, Gamsky started playing in bands as a teen, and formed Feed Me Jack while attending University of California, Santa Cruz to study classical guitar and electronic music. Disbanding in 2016 to pursue separate interests, Sven’s transition to Still Woozy was an extremely personal, homegrown affair, with his early audience largely cultivated online. Throughout those first couple years, without ever dropping an album and not even playing a show until December of 2017 (when, notably, he opened for Knox Fortune), Still Woozy attracted blog hype and internet buzz (and eventually a major label record deal) for tracks like “Goodie Bag,” “Habit,” and “Lucy,” praised for his inventive, unique, laid back, and hard to categorize blend of acoustic and electronic elements, incorporating bits of soul and r&b into a layered, beat-laden, hypnotizing, and pop accessible sound. The young singer writes and records quickly, opting initially to release his work as a stream of singles before debut EP Lately arrived in 2019. After Covid put touring plans on hold, Still Woozy took the time to craft his breakout debut full-length, If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is (named for a Kurt Vonnegut quote), met with widespread critical acclaim, and has since been playing increasingly more prominent shows around the nation, including recent appearances at fests like Coachella and Forecastle. His live show is just as vibe-y and cool and his recordings, and after recently catching him at Forecastle, we can’t recommend his evening ‘Roo set enough!
WATCH | “Pool” with Remi Wolf (Official Video)
LISTEN | “Habit”