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Get out your glow sticks, grow some dreads, don your day glo paint and prepare your tents!  Now coming up on its ninth year, Manchester, Tennessee’s annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, (“one of rock’s best festivals”, says the Wall Street Journal) has announced that it will take place June 10 – 13, 2010.  The four-day festival will once again be held at the same sprawling farm in Manchester, Tennessee, an hour outside of Nashville.

Always looking for ways to better the festival each year, Bonnaroo’s ninth promises to build on the achievements of the previous eight outings. From its music programming to the non-music attractions, activities and art, a large array of new elements are being added to create yet another incomparable weekend. Since it’s inception in 2002, the festival has evolved into a world-class, multi-faceted entertainment experience, swiftly earning its status as the country’s premier music and arts event.

The festival has served as a launching pad for some of the world’s top artists as Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne, Matisyahu, Robert Randolph and many others. A creative and cultural mega-success, Bonnaroo has also featured a staggeringly diverse range of world-class acts such as Bob Dylan, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Neil Young, Radiohead, Phish, Willie Nelson, The Police, Pearl Jam, David Byrne, Tom Petty, Tool, Wilco, The Dave Matthews Band, James Brown, The White Stripes, Al Green, Nine Inch Nails, The Dead, Regina Spektor, Widespread Panic, Death Cab For Cutie, Elvis Costello, Ornette Coleman, Amadou and Mariam, Beck, TV on the Radio, Against Me!, Merle Haggard, The Black Crowes, Phoenix, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, Bright Eyes, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Jurassic 5, Modest Mouse, The Mars Volta, Common, Burning Spear, the Flaming Lips, among many others.

The festival also knows how to laugh, providing a strong comedy lineup year after year. From Chris Rock, Lewis Black, Flight of the Concords, David Cross and Fred Armisen to Jimmy Fallon, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Jim Norton, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, Janeane Garofalo, Aziz Ansari, John Oliver and Brian Posehn, Bonnaroo is now considered to be an essential play for all kinds of comedians.

The Bonnaro 2010 line up will be announced in late January/early February.  Ticket pre-sales for the festival will begin on November 27, 2009 and will last until 11:59pm eastern on December 31st. Bonnaroo will once again offer general admission tickets for five easy payments of $50 plus applicable fees through the holiday pre-sale. In addition, with each ticket purchase the festival will send a Bonnaroo holiday greeting card featuring a unique, iconic photo from Bonnaroo’s colorful past.  To get a card, purchasers must place their order by December 16th. A limited edition 2010 Bonnaroo Calendar will also be available during this period. To see a great stop motion video created by Shadow Machine (Robot Chicken, Moral Orel) about the Holiday Pre-Sale, go to bonnaroo.com.