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Predicting the Bonnaroo 2014 lineup: Rumors include Elton John and Kanye West

Will Kanye West get his chance to redeem his 2008 performance as a Bonnaroo 2014 headliner?  Many sources think so.
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In less than 12 hours, fans across the world will finally find out what artists are on the initial lineup for Bonnaroo 2014 as the Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon, or BLAM! as it's being called, will be webcast on and on Xbox through the Bonnaroo app from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Central time with a pre-show from 6-8 featuring song performances from past Bonnaroo performers.

Fans in the Nashville area can even attend a BLAM! watch party at Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music, with free posters, discounts on Bonnaroo artists' music, and a chance to win prizes.

We've been reporting on all of the biggest Bonnaroo rumors since they started way back in December, but on the day of BLAM!, it seems like a good time to collect the most persistent of these rumors percolating on social media and the always valuable contributors to the Inforoo Message Board to take a guess at some of the lineup.


There have been numerous artists tossed around as possible headliners for Bonnaroo 2014, but two have risen up to the top of the rumor mill, with several credible sources predicting them; Kanye West and Elton John. West would certainly be a controversial pick for Bonnaroo.

His last appearance during Bonnaroo 2008 saw him take the stage several hours late and then trade barbs online with Bonnaroo organizers. "Kanye Sucks!" is a slogan you can still see spray painted on fences throughout Centeroo and, while many fans are ready to forgive and let West have a chance to redeem himself, others are not ready to bury the hatchet.

The second major rumor is classic rock legend Elton John. We reported on the Elton John rumor back in December based on tour dates, a new album, and a persistent buzz on fan sites but since that time, John has outlasted other rumored headliners to the point that most fans consider him all but a lock for the second headliner spot.

The third Bonnaroo headliner has been more tricky. Certainly plenty of names have been floated around but no credible inside sources have given wind to any of them the way Elton John and Kanye West have been reported. The most popularly rumored third headline possibilities are Jack White, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Prince, and Widespread Panic.

Roo Clues

For the past month and a half, Bonnaroo has been tantalizing and torturing fans with their Bonnaroo Lineup Clue game. This gives fans a chance to guess lineup artists based on clues given on Bonnaroo's Instagram page. While many of the clues remain unsolved, several have enough of a consensus to give a pretty good idea that those bands will be on the lineup. Here are our final guesses on those clues:

Clue 1: This clue has been narrowed down to two popular choices: Washed Out or Portlandia Live.

Clue 2: Break Science

Clue 3: Chvrches. This is the most "solved" of the 12 clues.

Clue 4: Unsolved. Popular guesses include Andrew W.K., Cake, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Clue 5: Unsolved. Popular guesses include Widespread Panic, Apocalyptica, and Foals.

Clue 6: This clue has been narrowed by most fans to three bands; Broken Bells, Sleigh Bells, and HAIM.

Clue 7: Unsolved. Popular guesses include Phosphorescent, Seasick Steve, and Third Eye Blind.

Clue 8: Unsolved. The two most popular guesses are The Naked and Famous and Culture Club.

Clue 9: Janelle Monae

Clue 10: Meshuggah

Clue 11: Unsolved. The most popular guesses are Ice Cube and Beck.

Clue 12: Neutral Milk Hotel

BLAM! Performers and Hosts

Last year's BLAM! host and musical guests, Weird Al Yankovic and Portugal. The Man, were both on the Bonnaroo lineup and there's no reason not to think that this year's announced BLAM! acts won't be as well. If that's the case, you can pencil in Taran Killam and Hannibal Burress in as comedy acts and The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds as musical performers.

Who are your guesses for the Bonnaroo lineup? Let us know in the comments section. Click subscribe at the top of the page to get all of the latest Bonnaroo news, interviews, and on-site coverage delivered right to your inbox. Also, check out the Music Festivals page for more music festival news.

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