It's that time of the year, and summer music festivals are releasing their lineups. At the top of Tennessee's interest list is what has grown to be one of the most well-known: Bonnaroo.
Huge names were put out for the four-day June festival held in Manchester, Tenn. Headliners include Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Björk. Americana music seems to be the majority of the more than 100 artists performing, but it's doubtful there will be any complaints, given the way the genre has exploded this past year. The Lumineers, Matt & Kim, Wilco and Of Monsters and Men are all scheduled to be there.
In addition, a variety of indie rock bands will either be returning to the Bonnaroo stages or be new to the scene, such as Passion Pit, the xx, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Gaslight Anthem and The Dirty Projectors.
Hip-hop and R&B legends Wu-Tang Clan and R. Kelly will perform, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, whose recent album, "The Heist," skyrocketed on the music charts after the popularity of their single, "Thrift Sop," will be present as well. Will Coe, freshman in linguistics, said he's excited to hear big name artists performing.
"I thought (the lineup) was crazy good. I'm really pumped. I was very impressed," Coe said.
Although Coe has never attended Bonnaroo, he said he will definitely be in attendance, and there are a few names that stuck out to him.
"I'm excited to see Animal Collective and Kendrick Lamar and Wu-Tang Clan," Coe said. "I want to see Death Grips really bad actually. They're crazy."
But the big namers won't be the only ones headlining the show. The festival has a history of always bringing out underground musicians. Many well-known artists, especially in the Americana and indie rock genres, became popular through their presence at Bonnaroo. This year some of those lesser known names including Portugal. The Man, Local Natives, Alt-J, Walk the Moon, The Tallest Man On Earth, JD McPherson, Death Grips and Django Django.
For Jeremy Boyd, senior in journalism and electronic media, there's one name said he would be most excited to see: "Tom Petty, because I'm an old-school musical guy."
The festival begins Thursday, June 13, and will continue to Sunday, June 16. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 23, starting at $234.50. For the full headliners list, visit Bonnaroo's official website, www.bonnaroo.com. Other performers will be announced at a later date.