5 Bonnaroo Underdogs You Need To Know
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The small text on festival flyers: you’ve seen it, you’ve squinted at it, and you’ve probably glazed over it once or twice. The performers’ names that hide underneath the headliners’ names printed in bold font always contain some lesser-known musical gems. We’re here to uncover the musical diamonds-in-the-rough that will be performing at this year’s Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival.
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Still Woozy is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, and drenched in electro-funk. It’s hard to put Still Woozy in a box genre-wise. For an artist that has yet to release a full album or go on a major tour (or play at any festivals for that matter), his recent rise in success is both bizarre and well-deserved. Sven Gamsky is the one-man-band behind the unique sounds of Still Woozy, and he’s garnered a strong following through his online presence. He’s only dropped four tracks so far, and those four tracks alone have carried Gamsky all the way to where Still Woozy is today: on the docket of this year’s Bonnaroo lineup. While fans are still waiting for Still Woozy to drop anything close to a full album, they have those four golden tracks to cherish in the meantime.
Mt. Joy and Bonnaroo are like peas and carrots. Their folksy, take-me-back-to-the-good-ol’-days sound fits the idyllic atmosphere of the 700-acre farm in the middle of scenic Tennessee perfectly. The indie rock heroes have been grinding hard the last few years, opening for big name acts like The Lumineers, The Shins, and Whitney. While they made their debut at Bonnaroo in 2017, this year they’ve come back with much more music and popularity under their belt. Their fan-favorite single “Silver Lining” has over 50 million streams to date on Spotify, along with the release of their first full length album, Mt. Joy. All of their hard work on and off the road has paid off with a returning slot at Bonnaroo this summer.
The Regrettes are the equivalent of girl-powered lightning in a bottle. They’ve been swimming through the alt rock scene since 2016 with the release of their well-received album A Living Human Girl. Since, they’ve steadily swam their way to the top of punk rock’s radar. They’ve been making appearances at a slew of big-name festivals within the past year – Coachella, Bunbury, and Firefly to name a few. With Bonnaroo now under their festival belt, The Regrettes are set up for a successful 2020.
Colorado has had a ton of EDM giants arise from it – Big Gigantic, SloDown, and Pretty Lights to name a few. Dynohunter is one of the most recent artists from the Centennial State to hit the EDM scene with ferocity. Fans of electronic dance music (which dub themselves as the “Dynotribe”) have embraced the Boulder-born group with open arms in recent years. With six successful full length albums under their belt, its about time they play a festival as big and noteworthy as Bonnaroo. What sets them apart in the electronic dance world is that their house music is produced the ol’ fashion way – with instruments, not electronics. Their lengthy jam sessions resemble that of a DJ mixing a set for hours, and it just goes to show that their chemistry and musicianship really fuel Dynohunter’s overall sound.
Hero The Band
Hero The Band will be supplying a heavy blend of indie, soul, funk, and alt rock to the Farm at this year’s edition of Bonnaroo. Comprised of four brothers that were all born a year apart from each other, these Georgia-bred musicians pack a punch. The group hit the airwaves in 2008, but the past few years have proven successful for them. With the release of Back To Myself in 2019, they’ve made a name for themselves across a multitude of genres. This will be their first rodeo at Bonnaroo, but their spot on the festival lineup was well-deserved.