Every summer, a stretch of Tennessee pasture morphs from a handful of open fields into the swirling, belting, dancing, crowdsurfing, Ferris wheel-riding chaos brought forth by Bonnaroo. The festival—which draws something like 80,000 people every year—is one of the best when it comes to presenting a varied lineup that offers something for every eager music fan. The biggest names in hip-hop? Got it. One of the most iconic piano men of all time? Sure, no problem. A handful of up-and-coming indie dynamos hailing from every corner of the globe to surprise you with an electronic set, a multi-genre superjam or an earnest rock anthem? Bonnaroo can bring you that, too.
We've compiled a list of the 20 acts we're most looking forward to catching at Bonnaroo. From Arctic Monkeys to Wiz Khalifa, there's plenty to choose from on the Bonnaroo 2014 lineup. (If anything, you may wind up paralyzed with indecision—choosing between these options for your ideal Bonnaroo itinerary could prove to be an impossible feat.)
Kanye West's Yeezus tour was one of the most talked about and critically-acclaimed productions of 2013, and his epic, cinematic stage show will push the limits of the Bonnaroo mainstage like no other headliner on the 2014 bill. If Yeezus brought about giant boulders, red-eyed ape beasts and an entourage of ethereal, eerie and faceless dancers, we can only hope that Kanye takes his Bonnaroo set past the breaking point for a truly inimitable performance. All of that craziness unfolded under the roofs of countless arenas around the world, so just imagine how the Bonnaroo crowd will pop off once the drums drop on "Black Skinhead."