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10 Bonnaroo 2016 Performances You Cannot Miss

From Halsey's righteous pop to Pearl Jam’s sure-to-be-epic headlining set, check out the 10 performances you need to swing by this weekend

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Halsey performs on stage at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 23, 2016 in London, England.
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At CoachellaHalsey dominated with grand theatrics, anthemic singles and a Brendon Urie cameo. Even if she doesn’t have a Panic! at the Disco member cued up as a guest star at Bonnaroo, you won’t want to miss Badlands showcased during an even longer set.

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Tame Impala

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 08: Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performs during Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at Golden Gate
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Billed as a “late night set,” Tame Impala’s two-hour opus begins at 1:00 AM and will end your Friday in a blissful hippy haze. Go to bed if you wish, but do so knowing that you’re missing something loud, psychedelic and splendid.

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OKEECHOBEE, FL - MARCH 04:  Kamasi Washington performs on stage at the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, Day 2, on March 4, 2
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Jazz virtuoso Kamasi Washington is leading this year’s Superjam—dubbed “Heart, Soul & Spirit: A Tribute to Tennessee”—featuring Miguel, GRiZ, Allen Stone, Nathaniel Rateliff, Dev Hynes and many more. As always, the Superjam is a must-attend experience… and good fodder to predict which special guests are coming out.

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Pearl Jam

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs live for fans at the 2014 Big Day Out Festival at Arena Jo
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The last time Pearl Jam played Bonnaroo, the set was so epic that it pushed Kanye West’s set on the same stage back into the wee hours of the morning. This year, no one is following Eddie Vedder and co. on the main stage… and that’s how it should be.

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Ellie Goulding

INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Singer Ellie Goulding performs onstage during day 1 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
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Looking for a little pop paradise in the midst of the guitar screech and rhyme-slinging? Look no further than Ellie Goulding, an alternative festival veteran and a veteran alternative at many a festival by now. Expect hits, showmanship and plenty of smooth moves from the U.K. superstar.

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Sam Hunt

INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Singer Sam Hunt performs onstage during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire
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Bonnaroo is one of the biggest rock festivals in the world, but it’s not afraid to embrace a mainstream country act once in a while. Chris Stapleton is sure to impress on the main stage, but we’re even more hyped to hear Sam Hunt’s distinct blend of country and pop on Saturday, and witness thousands of people trying to rap along to “Take Your Time’s” verses.

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 15:Anthony Gonzalez and  Morgan Kibby of M83 perform onstage on day 1 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music &
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Whether you think M83’s new album, Junk, is cheesy brilliance or just plain cheesy, you don’t want to pass up hearing Anthony Gonzalez’s lavish tracks live, or dancing to “Midnight City” as night falls on Bonnaroo. Do it. Try it!

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04:  Danielle Haim and Este Haim of Haim perform during the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 2 at
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Hey, did you hear that the Haim sisters played some new music at Governors Ball last weekend? While we anxiously await the follow-up to 2013’s Days Are Gone, we can at least rock out to the trio live and hope that they bless us with the unveiling of more new tunes.

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Jason Isbell

GULF SHORES, AL - MAY 20:  Jason Isbell performs at the Hangout Music Festival on May 20, 2016 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  (Pho
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Sure, you’re not going to want to miss Death Cab For Cutie or The Dead & Co. on Sunday’s main stage, but Jason Isbell’s recent output is very much… alive. Something More Than Free was one of the best albums of last year, and to hear the songs echoing across the Bonnaroo field will be a treat.

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Lamb of God

MENDIG, GERMANY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Randy Blythe and Mark Morton of Lamb Of God perform on stage during the third day of 'Rock a
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Do not think for one second that Lamb of God’s Saturday evening Bonnaroo will be anything short of explosive. The long-running heavy metal act is back with a vengeance following Randy Blythe’s manslaughter case; the release of VII: Sturm und Drang last year signaled a renewed sense of intensity from the guys, which will be fully on display at Bonnaroo.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 30: NSYNC is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Hollywood, Californ

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It’s been a while since the guys of *NSYNC reunited. Since their epic onstage reunion at the 2013 MTV VMAs and JC’s 40th birthday, the guys have been doing their own thing, until today! Justin, JC, Joey, Lance and Chris got together to celebrate their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and as if the day couldn’t get any better, JC reminds us that tomorrow it’s gonna be MAY.