With 2019 officially under way, it is time to get excited about the upcoming festival season. This year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival lineup has dropped with various Ernie Ball artists set to make appearances during the epic weekend in June.

Sam Sugarman of Childish Gambino


Genre: R&B/Hip-Hop

Few figures in entertainment have established themselves with the dynamism of Donald Glover. Writer, actor, director, singer, rapper and producer are all titles fitting of Glover, who’s hip-hop alter ego, Childish Gambino, is adding Bonnaroo Headliner to the repertoire this coming June. The past 12 months introduced Glover as the star of A Star Wars Story film titled Solo, as Lando Calrissian, and the creator of his newest music video, “This is America,” which has been dissected and highly regarded as a work of art, touching on cultural awareness and hot-button metaphors about race. Guitarist Sam Sugarman will be on stage alongside the versatilel Gambino, who will be taking the main stage on Friday, June 14th.

Sam plays Ernie Ball Regular Slinky, Power Slinky and Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Ernie Ball guitar strings.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Content 

Courtney Barnett


Genre: Rock/Folk-Pop

Melbourne singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett is entering 2019 riding the wave of her well-received sophomore album titled, Tell Me How You Really Feel. Barnett has a thoroughly booked beginning to the year, playing a variety of festivals in her home country of Australia and shows in other international locations before her Friday performance on the Bonnaroo stage.

Courtney Barnett plays Ernie Ball Power Slinky, Beefy Slinky, and Power Slinky Bass strings.

Listen to Courtney Barnett below.

The Lumineers


Genre: Indie Folk

Triple platinum indie stars The Lumineers have kept their fans patiently waiting for a new album since their 2016 release titled Cleopatra. In 2018, the band released C-Sides – a compilation of songs that previously had not made albums. Their 2019 schedule is open for the time being, but keep an eye on The Lumineers to release new music around their Sunday headline set at Bonnaroo.

The Lumineers play Ernie Ball Power Slinky, Earthwood Mandolin Loop End 10-36, and Regular Slinky Flatwound Bass strings.

Listen to The Lumineers below.

Mac DeMarco


Genre: Indie/R&B

Mac DeMarco has spent the past months gifting European cities with his quirky, eccentric on-stage energy. It is unclear as to whether or not DeMarco will be releasing another album in 2019, but DeMarco and his crew will be gracing both the Coachella and Bonnaroo lineups in the first half of the year, veterans at both festivals.  Mac has a tendency to bring a hilarious unpredictability to his festival performances, creating a healthy amount of hype for his Sunday set.

Mac DeMarco plays Ernie Ball Power Slinky and Regular Slinky guitar strings.

Listen to Mac DeMarco below.

Walk the Moon


Genre: Alt-Rock-Pop

Multi-Platinum recording artists WALK THE MOON have been providing audiences with tremendously energetic live performances since their eponymous debut in 2012. WTM has produced released a pair of studio albums since 2012, resulting in hit singles such as 2017’s “One Foot”. It’s been a few years since the group first made their Bonnaroo debut, getting fans excited for their return to the Tennessee stage, on Sunday of the festival.

WALK THE MOON play Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Cobalt electric strings, Regular Slinky bass strings.

Guitarist, Eli Maiman also plays with the Ernie Ball Music Man St.Vincent guitar and Cutlass RS guitar.

Listen to WALK THE MOON below.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Genre: Indie

UMO returned to the indie spotlight in 2018, with the release of two different projects including the seven track IC-01 Hanoi and the 12 track Sex and Food. The group has consistently generated hooky, genre blending sounds since their 2011 debut, and now will be bringing these undeniably good vibes to the Bonnaroo stage, on Saturday, June 15th.

Unkown Mortal Orchestra uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky, Power Slinky, Everlast Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic and Regular Slinky Bass Strings.

Listen to UMO below.

Parquet Courts


Genre: Indie Rock

Parquet Courts returned to the indie scene with another studio album in 2018, titled Wide Awake!. The Album was received with critical acclaim, and spurred the group to tour the U.S. and various international venues. The Brooklyn based band will be taking the Bonnaroo stage on Friday of the festival.

Parquet Courts plays Ernie Ball Super Slinky, Regular Slinky, Power Slinky, and Flatwound bass strings.

Listen to Parquet Courts below.

Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers


Genre: Alternative Hip Hop

Nothing about Hobo Johnson and his band The Lovemakers is conventional. Nothing about their sound can be easily categorized or defined, yet it is these unique qualities that have generated love from fans and listeners in the past year. With a soulful Tiny Desk Concert and a single titled, “Peach Scone” that spurred an eventual record deal, Bonnaroo serves as another major milestone for Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers in 2019. If you’re looking for a hip-poetry experience, filled with energy then be sure to catch the band on Sunday of the festival.

Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers use Ernie Ball Regular Slinky and Regular Slinky bass strings.

Listen to Hobo Johnson below.



Genre: Metal

French death metal group Gojira is poised to release their first new music since their 2016 album Magma, before taking the stage on Friday of Bonnaroo. Since their debut nearly 20 years ago, Gojira has been progressively establishing themselves with critical acclaim in the genre, creating much anticipation for this year’s release.

Gojira plays Ernie Ball 10-5 Custom single set strings.

Listen to Gojira below.



Genre: Experimental Metal

Hailing from San Francisco, metal band Deafheaven will be taking the Bonnaroo stage on Friday of the festival. Deafheaven has been producing intricate sounds, layered with shoegaze and post-rock elements, bringing the group’s range outside the prototypical metal themes of death and darkness. The band released their 4th album titled Ordinary Corrupt Human Love in 2018, receiving critical praise and launching an international tour, that Deafheaven is spending the months leading up to Bonnaroo enjoying.

Deafheaven plays Regular Slinky bass strings.

Listen to Deafheaven below.

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