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Each June, nearly a hundred thousand people descend on a farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee for one of the world's largest outdoor festivals.  The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a 4-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a once serene 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.

Rolling Stone magazine named the annual festival one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.  The event is known for bringing together some of the biggest performers in rock and roll along with dozens of artists from that run the gamut of contemporary styles from hip-hop to electronica to Americana.

The 100-acre entertainment village will be abuzz with around the clock attractions.  According to the event organizers, in addition to the music stages there will be an on-site cinema, a silent disco, a comedy club, a classic arcade, a beer festival, and a music and technology village.

In its tenth reincarnation, Bonnaroo's 2011 lineup includes rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne, album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire, and rock veterans Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Orginal Meters.  Other standouts include Swedish Europop diva Robyn, English folk rock band Mumford & Sons, West Coast indie folk rock band The Decemberists, mashup superstar Girl Talk, English songstress Florence + The Machine, and a cast and crew of indie rock's up and coming talent.

Last year's line-up included Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Weezer, Jeff Beck, LCD Sounsystem, Norah Jones, and Phoenix among many others.

First timers to the festival should be prepared to get wet and dirty.  There is ample mud and heat and it often smells.  Festival-goers report that the air stinks after the second day with so many campers gathered together in the hot weather. However, for the hardcore fans, it is obviously worth the minor discomforts.

The festival kicks off at noon on Thursday, June 9th and rages on until late Sunday night.  Tickets went on sale on February 19 and all 2011 General Admission Tickets are now sold out.  Each ticketholder for the 4-day festival received a specially designed wristband with a RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) chip that is unique to the individual.  You can visit the Bonnaroo Wristband Information page for more information.

Here is the complete Bonnaroo 2011 lineup:

Eminem
Arcade Fire
Widespread Panic
The Black Keys
Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale
My Morning Jacket
Lil Wayne
String Cheese Incident
Robert Plant & Band of Joy
Mumford & Sons
The Strokes
The Decemberists
Ray Lamontagne
Bassnectar
Iron & Wine
Girl Talk
Primus
Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Pretty Lights
Florence + the Machine
SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John
Explosions In The Sky
STS9
Gogol Bordello
Beirut
Big Boi
Scissor Sisters
Gregg Allman
Ratatat
Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz
Robyn
Warren Haynes Band
Deerhunter
Opeth
Atmosphere
Old Crow Medicine Show
Bootsy Collins & the Funk University
Wiz Khalifa
Matt & Kim
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Mavis Staples
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Chiddy Bang
Jovanotti
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Loretta Lynn
Cold War Kids
The Walkmen
Devotchka
Wanda Jackson
Neon Trees
Portugal. The Man
Sleigh Bells
Amos Lee
Best Coast
Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter
The Sword
The Drums
The Black Angels
School of Seven Bells
J. Cole
Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea
Wavves
!!!
Junip
Freelance Whales
Justin Townes Earle
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Deer Tick
Band of Skulls
Sharon Van Etten
Abigail Washburn
Omar Souleyman
Twin Shadow
Kylesa
Man Man
The Low Anthem
Alberta Cross
Railroad Earth
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Smith Westerns
The Head and the Heart
Karen Elson
Beats Antique
22-20s
Phosphorescent
Clare Maguire
Hayes Carll

Want a taste of the music to come?  Try Rolling Stone's 2011 Bonnaroo Playlist for a preview of this year's bands.