Lizzo announced the news on Instagram, writing, "I’m the first woman to headline the main stage at @bonnaroo 🤯 It’s about damn time! Y’all ready to watch herstory, b*tch?!?" She'll headline the second night of the festival, which is major — women have held close to top billing on the Bonnaroo lineup before (Björk in 2013 and Meg White as half of the White Stripes in 2007 were on the first line of the poster), but have not been official top-3 headliners.
The singer and rapper will be joined at the festival by other women acts with high billing, including Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, and Megan Thee Stallion. The news comes after Coachella announced their own lineup of all-male headliners: Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean.
Music festivals very clearly still have a women problem, especially since it took about 20 years for Bonnaroo to have a solo woman headliner.
As singer Soccer Mommy explained to Teen Vogue in 2019, "“[Coachella] is just like the rest of the industry, you know what I mean? Going to these festivals, it's the same as any other festival. I feel like most of the time, they’re really lopsided when it comes to booking. It's the same way with bands — there are so many, like, dude bands. I usually try to be positive about things and enjoy a festival, but it does suck when it's just a bunch of dudes playing.”
Luckily for Bonnaroovians, they'll have Lizzo to balance out the dude bands. Bonnaroo will be held in Manchester, Tennessee from June 11-14, 2020.
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