If you’re going to be down on the farm in Manchester, Tennessee this weekend, you’re probably excited to see headliners including Elton John, Jack White, Kanye West, and Vampire Weekend among the many other established artists from a variety of genres playing Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. But one of the best things about Bonnaroo is mixed in with the biggest acts of any given year are a huge variety of up-and-coming new bands on the verge of making their break.
Even if you’re not up for spending four days covered in mud and sweat, the festival’s lineup is a great place to browse for new music. If you are attending the festival, don’t spend all afternoon sleeping in and make some time to catch the earlier acts that may not get headline status. Either way, check back with Wall St. Cheat Sheet and follow me on Twitter to keep up with our special coverage of the festival.
Here’s a list of five of the hottest new bands to come out in the past five years playing Bonnaroo 2014.