A little less than two weeks out from the initial lineup announcement for Bonnaroo 2014, the festival organizers dropped a couple of bits of news that hint at possible lineup artists today, Feb. 6. The first is the announcement of the time and hosts of the Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon! or BLAM! as it is being called on social media. The second is the 10th edition of Bonnaroo's regular Tuesday-Thursday Lineup Clue Game on Instagram.
While it's been known for a while that the BLAM! would be held on Feb. 19, Bonnaroo made two major announcements today that made it even more exciting. The first is that this year's BLAM! would be held from 8-8:30 p.m. Central time, allowing day shifters who have were forced to miss last year's BLAM! to join in. The BLAM! will be preceded by a two hour BLAM! Pre-Party that will feature "two hours of legendary LIVE cover song performances from artists including Dave Matthews, Tenacious D, Kings of Leon, Phish, fun., The Lumineers, Jack Johnson, My Morning Jacket, J. Cole and many more!"
But the bigger news for Bonnaroo fans is the announcement of this year's BLAM! hosts. This year's BLAM! will be hosted by Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam and comedian Hannibal Buress, with special guests The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds. The hosting and guest slots are major because last year's host "Weird Al" Yankovic and musical guests Portugal. The Man were both on the Bonnaroo lineup. So this is the closest to concrete confirmation of at least some Bonnaroo 2014 performers we've gotten from an official source. You can find further information about the BLAM!, including locations of viewing parties, here.
The second bit of news today was Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup Clue #10 being released. Bonnaroo has been releasing two picture clues weekly in the weeks leading up to the BLAM! Each clue gives hints about one band who has been booked to play Bonnaroo 2014. While initial clues were solved quickly, the more recent ones have gotten progressively harder, with several still not getting a consensus answer. You can see our reports on the previous 9 clues here.
Today's clue, which can be seen here, is of a bald man pulling a crazy face against an orange background. While there is some debate about what this clue refers to, with some guessing artists like Frank Ocean or Action Bronson, the overwhelming consensus seems to be that the clue refers to Swedish metal act Meshuggah.
The face the person in the picture is making is very close to the pose made often by Meshuggah vocalist Jens Kidman, as can be seen in these pictures. Bonnaroo is usually good for one or two metal bands per year and Meshuggah would be a major get that doesn't play in the Southeastern United States often. Additionally, they have mentioned playing some festival dates in 2014.
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