With Bonnaroo 2017 beginning this Thursday, hopefully you have packed, planned your road trip playlist, and have only one final decision left to make: which sets to catch. Stellar headliners like U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers go without saying, but you have the whole rest of your day to fill. Catching some of the smaller-font acts before they break out and tear up the main stage in future years is part of the delight of festivals, so peruse the complete list of set times and take a look at our rundown of each day's best offerings.
Thursday, June 8
Unlike some festivals, Bonnaroo doesn't save their best acts for the weekends. Thursday is just as filled with excellent bands as the rest of the festival, so be sure to come down early and don't miss a single one.
Corey Harper, 7:15-8 PM, New Music On Tap Lounge
Drawing from a diverse range of Americana acts, young singer/songwriter Corey Harper's delightful voice is the perfect sound to kick off your Bonnaroo. Harper will be playing Miller Lite's New Music On Tap Lounge, where you can hear tracks from his debut EP On The Run, which is out now. Click here to watch our exclusive interview with Corey Harper.
Two Feet, 8-8:45 PM, Who Stage
Heading up the Who Stage with songs from his debut EP aptly titled First Steps, Two Feet is sure to get you on your own pair dancing to his catchy riffs. Come find out why the Harlem artist has racked up 85 million streams so far, and be sure to listen to his new tracks before you go.
Mondo Cozmo, 9-10 PM, This Tent
Indie/folk artist Mondo Cozmo may have come into your hemisphere already with the viral song "Shine," now you can see what has earned his live shows such a great reputation. After all, it isn't every day that you can hear an artist who has melded Bruce Springsteen's influence with a love of covering The Verve. Click here for an exclusive Mondo Comzo interview.
Friday, June 9
While (surely) excellent sets from U2 and The xx loom over Friday's schedule, plan on coming down early enough to see the outstanding bands scheduled for earlier in the day. The devout U2 fans will be lining up in the heat, so let them worry about snagging the barricade and have a fun day of enjoyable acts.
Walker Lukens, 2-2:45 PM, Who Stage
Walker Lukens may be the best artist out of Austin right now, which is saying a lot based on that city's musical reputation. His songs are just as eccentric as he is, which makes them a delight to hear. Stop by the Who Stage first thing on Saturday to catch his dynamic set with talented backing band The Side Arms.
Kaleo, 6:45-7:45 PM, What Stage
Icelandic rockers Kaleo will be warming up the main stage as the sun sets. Bonnaroo may get hot, but these guys have played inside a volcano, so they can take it. Be certain you don't miss Kaleo this time, as in future years, they very well might be headliners. Click here to learn five fun facts about Kaleo.
Eliot Lipp, 10-11:59 PM, Silent Disco
There is nothing quite like experiencing Bonnaroo's Silent Disco, where attendees dance in outwards silence while artists such as Eliot Lipp funnel their electronica directly into their ear canals through headphones. Lipp is one of the most interesting artists gracing the Silent Disco, so find a moment to check him out. Read our interview with Eliot Lipp here.
Saturday, June 10
Don't let a mid-festival slump hit you on Saturday - there are still plenty of bands left to see, so wake up with some yoga and power through!
Reuben Bidez, 2-2:45 PM, Who Stage
Soulful singer-songwiter Reuben Bidez is the perfect start to your Saturday. His heartfelt folk songs will get your feelings flowing, and serve to be some of the most meaningful and genuine you will hear for the duration of Bonnaroo.
Alekesam, 3:45-4:30 PM, Who Stage
The duo Selema Masekela and Sunny Levine, who make up Alekesam, have crafted some very powerful music together. At Bonnaroo, they hope to get their message across, so be sure to catch this special set.
San Holo, 6:15-7:15 PM, The Other Tent
No, you aren't drunk and reading "Han Solo" with dyslexia. San Holo is the latest beat-bashing DJ you need to know about. The time to catch his set is now, before he takes over late night at the Which Stage like Major Lazer.
Sunday, June 11
The last day of Bonnaroo, be sure to go out with a bang. While you're waiting on Lorde and The Weeknd to make their debut, there is ample time to plan out an entire day chock full of shifting genres.
Tank and the Bangas, 12:45-1:30 PM, This Tent
When Tank and the Bangas hit the stage, New Orleans soul vibes will surround you. If that doesn't get you out of your chair and ready to roll, I don't know what will. Don't miss this class act full of sass, they're more fun than you can shake a stick at.
Aminé, 5:30-6:30 PM, This Tent
Bonnaroo isn't exactly known for its rapper lineups, but bringing in Aminé is a real class act. Relatively new on the scene, his collection of EPs and mixtapes thus far provide him a diverse set of tracks to throw at the audience. Even if rap isn't your thing, this is Bonnaroo - mix it up a little!
Ethan Gruska, 6:15-7 PM, New Music On Tap Lounge
Don't be too quick to write Ethan Gruska off as "just another singer/songwriter." His talent both as a songsmith and guitarist have already shone through on his debut record, Slowmotionary, which has received exceptional critical reviews across the board. Gruska's delicate playing and deeply sentimental songs are the perfect fit for Miller Lite's New Music On Tap Lounge, where you can be one of the first to hear this rising star.
Milky Chance, 6:15-7:15 PM, What Stage
You know you've heard Milky Chance on the radio, and you know you can't help but dance in your car every time you do. The duo's danceable folk vibes are some of the most eclectic to hit the What Stage all weekend. Check out our Milky Chance interview here.
Ella Vos, 7:15-8 PM, Who Stage
Fresh off her debut, the angelic Ella Vos is playing Bonnaroo right before her first ever headlining dates. Stop by the Who Stage and be one of the first in the world to hear her precious voice.
Yellow Claw, 9:15-10:15 PM, The Other
Dutch DJ duo Yellow Claw will be spinning tunes in The Other tent as your weekend comes to a close. There could be no better way to send yourself off from Bonnaroo than spending it with this international pair, who are known for crashing genres to make their own unique EDM sound.