Angry grrrls, Black Panthers, metalheads, indie rock snobs and those of you who think you have a sense of humor, rejoice. Bonnaroo just announced an additional 16 artists who will be appearing at this year's festival, as well as the comedians who will be appearing in the comedy tent. Among the artists announced are Ani DiFranco, Dillinger Escape Plan, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Public Enemy. I caught Public Enemy's set at last year's Pitchfork Festival where The Spin had this to say about them:
Our 473-mile drive prevented us from seeing most of Friday night's opening festivities, but allowed us time to see Public Enemy play It'll Take a Nation of a Million to Hold Us Back. At least, that's what Flava Flav kept calling it. Of course, the record is called It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, but perhaps Flav felt this historic performance was a good time for some titular revisionism.
All jokes aside though, Public Enemy was every bit as legendary as we hoped they would be, their set not only including the album, but classics such as "911 Is a Joke," "Welcome to the Terrordome" and "Fight the Power." There really is nothing like watching a 90 percent white audience chant along to choruses that are so 100 percent black. Hip-hop live is usually like watching an onstage frat party, but this was a true show, by true showmen, complete with militant dancers, a turntable solo from Terminator X, and the greatest hype-man in the game--Flava Flav--who to this day is still a perfectly odd catalyst for Chuck D's--the Joe Strummer of hip-hop--message of black empowerment and social justice.
Take a look after the jump to see the full list of newly added performers.
Amadou & Mariam
Tony Rice Unit
High On Fire
Dillinger Escape Plan
And in the "air-conditioned" comedy tent:
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Presents Bonnapoo 2009
An Evening (or Afternoon) with the Daily Show featuring John Oliver & Rob Riggle
Michael Ian Black & Michael Showalter
Oh yeah, and The Features!