Kanye, Jack White, Elton John Top Bonnaroo 2014
June 16, 2014


Janelle Monae
The 13th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival took place over the weekend in Manchester, TN. The four-day event featured a wide variety of artists, with headlining performances from Kanye West, Jack White and Elton John, among others. The festival kicked off Thursday with a mix of up-and-coming acts such as J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Poliça and Cherub, along with a night of comedy featuring various Saturday Night Live cast members.

Friday was when the festival kicked into high gear, with Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and Janelle Monae among the big names, while newcomer Sam Smith received positive reviews. The evening belonged to headliner Kanye West, however. West infamously played Bonnaroo in 2008, though he went on hours after his original timeslot and later wrote an online rant about the delayed set. The rapper returned this year with a set similar to his recent Yeezus tour, though with the stage setup more stripped down. According to reports, West yelled out "F*** the press!" at one point, kicking off an on-stage rant about his career, and calling himself "the #1 muthaf***in' rock star on the planet," apparently turning off a portion of the crowd, who still held a grudge from 2008 and left the main stage.

Saturday's lineup featured Blur/Gorillaz main man Damon Albarn bringing his solo tour to Bonnaroo, while the legendary Lionel Richie played a hit-filled set and EDM superstar Skrillex got the crowd dancing. Jack White closed out the evening with a two-hour set spanning his entire catalog, from the earliest White Stripes records to his brand-new album Lazaretto.

The legendary Elton John closed out the final night of Bonnaroo 2014, and paid tribute to Casey Kasem during his set. The iconic DJ passed away Sunday morning, and according to reports, Sir Elton spoke from the stage about Kasem's influence and dedicated "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" to him. He also brought Ben Folds onstage to duet on "Grey Seal" during the hit-filled set.

Wiz Khalifa and Arctic Monkeys were also among the notable performers on Sunday, along with Broken Bells, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Avett Brothers and many more.




 
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