April 1st, 2014  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), News


April 1st, 2014  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), News

For Immediate Release 

Burning Man logoSan Francisco, California – April 1, 2014 (Burning Man) – The Burning Man Project today announced the music lineup for the 2014 Burning Man festival.

“We’re very excited about this year’s music lineup.” said Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Burning Man’s musical talent coordinator.  “2014 is one of the most ambitious lineups in our history, and puts Burning Man squarely in the ranks of other popular Summer music festivals such as Coachella, Bonaroo, Glastonbury and the US Festival.”

The Burning Man festival will showcase five concert venues of varying sizes spread throughout the event.  Two venues will be reserved for smaller performances, two for medium sized performances, and one main venue will be placed just outside the man at the six o’clock road.  “We expect the Denial and Anger stages to be more intimate, and have located those within the city close to the three o’clock and nine o’clock plazas.  The Bargaining and Depression stages will be located on the open playa near the two o’clock road and the ten o’clock road.”

Kübler-Ross notes that the main venue, the Acceptance stage, is large enough to support a full production truss, with professional lighting and sound.  “The audience grandstands will face the Man,” said Kübler-Ross. “We plan to disassemble the Acceptance stage itself after the Friday night performance to make room for the crowds to gather for the main burn.”  Kübler-Ross also noted that the grandstands themselves would stay in place and serve as VIP seating for the burning of the man.

“Our five stages have something for everyone,” said Kübler-Ross.  “We expect that, as people attend the festival for the week they’ll gradually move through all the stages before finally attending the last performance on the Acceptance stage Friday night.  It is a very natural progression.  We understand that some people may prefer to stay at a particular stage longer, but expect everyone to experience all five stages before the end.”

“Some of our performers were very difficult to get,” added Kübler-Ross, “This year’s Burning Man event marks Keith Moon’s first public performance since he was invited to perform at the 2012 Olympic closing ceremonies in London, England.”  Keith Moon, the former drummer for The Who, was unable to appear at the 2012 Olympic closing ceremony due to issues with his availability.  Other artists on Burning Man’s 2014 roster are Jam Master Jay, Warren Zevon and Dave Brockie of GWAR.  “Dave Brockie only recently became available,” added Kübler-Ross.

The Burning Man event takes place on a dry lakebed in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno, Nevada between August 25th and Monday, September 1st, 2014.  For ticket or other scheduling information, visit the Burning Man website at http://www.burningman.com. 

Download a PDF of this release, and the concert schedule, here:  Press Release – Concert Lineup

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Burning Man 2014 Musical Performer Lineup


Denial Stage:

Monday, August 25, 2014:

      • 8:00 pm: Clint Warwick of the Moody Blues
      • 9:00 pm: Laura Branigan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014:

      • 8:00 pm: June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters
      • 9:00 pm: Ike Turner


Anger Stage:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014:

      • 8:00 pm: Notorious B.I.G.
      • 9:00 pm: Tupac Shakur

Thursday, August 28, 2014:

      • 8:00 pm: Mac Dre
      • 9:00 pm: Jam Master Jay


Bargaining Stage:

Monday, August 25, 2014:

      • 8:00 pm: Ty Longley of Great White
      • 9:00 pm: Maurice Gibb

Wednesday, August 27, 2014:

      • 8:00 pm: Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary
      • 9:00 pm: Pete Seeger


Depression Stage:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014:

      • 8:00 pm: Joey Covington of Jefferson Airplane
      • 9:00 pm: Ray Manzarek of The Doors

Thursday, August 28, 2014:

      • 8:00 pm: Barry White
      • 9:00 pm: Warren Zevon


Acceptance Stage:

Monday, August 25, 2014:

      • 9:30 pm: Mike Starr and Layne Staley of Alice in Chains
      • 10:30 pm: Ronnie James Dio

Tuesday, August 26, 2014:

      • 9:30 pm: Joe Strummer of The Clash
      • 10:30 pm: Keith Moon of The Who

Wednesday, August 27, 2014:

      • 9:30 pm: Mark Moreland of Wall of Voodoo
      • 10:30 pm: The Ramones (Featuring Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone)

Thursday, August 28, 2014:

      • 9:30 pm: Dave Brockie of GWAR
      • 10:30 pm: Lou Reed

Friday, August 29, 2014:

      • 9:30 pm: Amy Winehouse
      • 10:30 pm: Robert Palmer


*** All appearances are tentative.  Appearances may be cancelled at the sole discretion of the event organizers due to, among other reasons, performer availability or death.


  1. Grink Says:

    Finally, a great lineup! Will finally get my monies worth this year.

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  2. Pi Says:

    Arrgh, this is why my Celebrity Death Pool picks are completely off. They’re all booked on the playa. Dammit, Larry always beats me to the punch!

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  3. FIGJAM Says:


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  4. Trilo Byte Says:

    Brilliant – but you totally forgot about Judy Garland playing the Acceptance Stage on burn night ;-)

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  5. Dr. Pyro Says:

    One of the most elaborate April Fool’s jokes I’ve seen for quite some time.

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  6. freshied Says:

    Here goes another reason how BMOrg is ruining our festival!!! Who do you have booking these acts? Really you could have easily have gotten warmer acts. Keith Moon?!?! Come on! Should have been John Entwistle. Jam Master Jay? MCA is much hotter and certainly not as stiff on stage. And you really dropped the boat by having Maurice Gibb, but not inviting Robin??? That would have been epic. Shit I think I am gonna go to the Winnemucca Folk and Fork festival instead.

    Anyone wants two VIP passes, they are getting listed on Scrub Chub today!!!

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  7. elizabeth Says:

    I guess it nice to make fun of dead musicians. how unifying.

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  8. elizabeth Says:

    and yes I realize its april fools – just don’t think its funny

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  9. simon of the playa Says:

    has anyone told hitler yet?

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  10. roberto dobbisano Says:

    “has anyone told hitler yet?”

    now THAT’s funny.

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  11. Freedom Says:

    Hey its April fool day…

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  12. singed dude Says:

    This pretty much proves that BM is dead.

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  13. Cammi Says:

    We all have to die first to see these amazing musical artists! Well worth the price of admission!

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  14. Dustin Says:

    that list just can’t be true
    I’m really pissed off you posted that
    if it’s true I’ll do anything to last until August
    I’m so bummed that those artists may not show
    what a wonderful list, thank you so much for posting it, I’m getting in line at Gate on August 1st to be sure to get front row seats

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  15. Shenanigans Says:

    As always, Daft Punk will be doing their ‘secret’ trash fence show after the temple burn.

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  16. Sam Says:

    What?? No Dr. Dre?? The internet says he helped create Burning Man, and the reason why Larry Harvey no longer wears a hat.

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  17. Boring Ray Says:

    So what? Last year will still be the BEST!!!

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  18. Colleen Says:

    So how much of my ticket money pays for BM staff to screw around with stupid stuff like this??

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  19. li0ness Says:

    Ya’ll need to RE.lax – Remember to have fun and smile, stop taking life so seriously. I don’t care that some part of my ticket money goes into the BM staff making me laugh, making fun of a dead artist…. *remove wedgie*

    Can’t wait! Just….who to see first? :P

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  20. Burn! Says:

    I guess I was supposed to find this humorous?

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  21. Tempo Says:

    Ha! that would be the day. April fool’s…

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  22. Tender Says:

    That must have taken like 30-45 minutes to write! Wasting my hard-earned ticket money, that’s like a couple microcents each :(

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  23. Kenny Z Says:

    To those people who managed to take offense to this April Fools joke, please let me know where you are camping on the playa so I can camp on the other side!

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  24. surrnakedtucker Says:

    All you Debbie downer trolls need not attend, you’ll never belong…

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  25. Dare13 Says:

    HAHAHAHHA !EXCELENT PRANK! Getting in line to buy scalped VIP tix now.;-)

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  26. PurpleKoosh Says:

    I’m with freshied – three dead Gibb brothers, and you only book ONE of them? How rude.

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  27. Nicole Hickman Says:

    I really hope Colleen is April Fooling us as well.

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  28. Haywire Says:

    I would be will to make a bet right now that to calm all of you down, Caveat Magister is willing to donate all the staff money he made while composing this post (composting?) to the charitable non-profit!

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  29. dragnet Says:

    i heard maid marian was doing a 15 minute solo on the kazoo…..

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  30. Lumos Says:

    in honor of their past efforts Krug will be sponsoring this years temple now known as ‘The Temple of Krug’ and ‘The PBR Man’ is renamed this year to reflect how the ‘Man’ could never be built without hugs quantities of their product

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  31. Tom Wiggins Says:

    Then there is not more better fitting Band to add to the lineup than :

    The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Funeral /Mardi Gras Band

    Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band

    Fast becoming known as “The Grateful To The Dead Band” because of all the Funerals they play every year. We will have to pass on Ike Turner’s however since we already Played for his Funeral in Los Angeles.

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  32. Super Evil Brian Says:

    I hear they added Frankie Knuckles to the lineup to do a show with Adam Yauch.

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  33. Super Evil Brian Says:

    Colleen – None of your ticket money went to this, because Caveat isn’t a staff member. Besides, what part of Burning Man is completely serious and never pokes fun at itself?

    Isn’t that why Dr. Dre and Daft Punk created Burning Man and the fictional Larry Harvey mascot? (He’s played by an actor named Valse Naam from the Netherlands)

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  34. Rio Says:

    I heard that Mozart and Beethoven are playing on Robot Heart Thursday morning. Any truth to that?

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  35. Freshied Says:

    Hey now Koosh! Barry is still alive. A bit stiff, but still breathing. So did everyone from Camp Waaaaahhh comment on this post or was it just the vocal ones.

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  36. DiscoFrancisco Says:

    Have we all forgotten about BM already. Relax, be happy. It is April Fools (was) so take it for what it is…. Yes many of us need to get away from our crazy stressful lives. BM is coming.

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  37. Alchemy aka Chemy KICKASS Says:

    T shirts will sold at the k-osks on the esplanade at the 430 and 730 gateways and at the will call pre event.
    ATMS will be located at the plazas by the Emergency Services placements- and at every portapotty banks located at the odd numbered blocks.
    This year we will NOT be excepting DISCOVER cards as we are NOT a SPECTATOR event…
    REMINDER… UNFORTUNATLY bic lighters .. a familiar historic totem of the music Festival tradition will not be sold or permitted on the playa as per our contract with the BLM . we are suggesting the switch to air horns and light sticks will be sold at the consessions stand for the encore calls for this venue.
    Commemorative swag will be available on BURN NIGHT ONLY.
    RESERVE YOURS NOW FOR AN ADDITIONAL service fee to insure your chance to remember this years show and be the envy of all your friends..
    go to the REGESTRATION page and click – I WANT TO BUY SOME SWAG in the highlighted box- and select your choise for the posters,necklaces-or cool BAND mirrored wall hangings . theses jewelry items are available in precious and semiprecious stone settings – the Coke mirrors will be autograph signatures authenticated by the Franklin Harvey mint comes complete with certificate and sure to be an heirloom worth 10 times your intial purchase price . These finely crafted items are from a limited addition and are exact replicas of the crew and artists who actually worked the production or participated IN THE ACTUAL CAMPS!!! THESE will not be rereleased in future events. RESERVE YOURS NOW!! remember…nothing sez ” I went to BURNINGMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 ” like this .

    Cant we regulate the bullshit to the rear of the city say in open walk in camping?
    Its gonna muck up the view of the man and dumb down the landscape…Will SAMMY HAGAR BE THERE? I am pro music- I am for not setting a different vibe on the open playa but for creating more attention to alternative art forms all ready supported by other venues to the rear areas of the city scape so as to keep the avante guard and open playa…open. … o…and fuck Woodstock hippys! get off my god damn lawn.

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  38. Dulani Wallace Says:

    Note the black men on the Denial Stage, Anger Stage. Really, Jam Master Jay angry? Very disappointed in the committee for approving this to go out. Not to race-bait but you guys can do better than that.

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  39. Galen Says:

    What!? Bernie Mack will not be performing at his own festival??

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  40. Justine Says:

    no kurt cobain?! i’m selling my ticket.

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  41. PlayaRicky Says:

    Dulani, all of the four on anger were all gunned down in anger when they died and other stages show similar themes

    look for deeper meaning before you criticize and call people racist

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  42. Patty Says:

    I cannot believe Lars Naarsforten was left off of the line up. He gave his life for the playa.

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  43. MostlyCloudy Says:

    German tabloid press “Bunte” published the news today :-D, well done. They also say we burn a “tin man” in the desert, now where did they get that from?

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  44. Tim Hardin Says:

    Coachella did the hologram of tupac in 2012!! why not do it all the way through?!
    That was a really sad and messed up April fools prank. I would have gone STUPID DUMB for a hologram of Mac dre!! :D
    And I must say it all was Freakin Hilarious! But DAVE BROCKIE of Gwar!!!! THATS FUCKED UP. Dude JUST died not a month ago

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  45. RJ Says:

    No wonder Ike Turner is on the “Denial Stage” considering he’s dead.

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  46. Nancy Says:

    very racist actually, white priviledge continues to burn both ends of the flare

    make fun of dead rappers hahaha

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  47. Nancy Says:

    just now reading and affirming the previous comment

    “Dulani Wallace Says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 8:41 am
    Note the black men on the Denial Stage, Anger Stage. Really, Jam Master Jay angry? Very disappointed in the committee for approving this to go out. Not to race-bait but you guys can do better than that.”

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  48. Marie Says:

    Ha ha ha!!! Fun joke!!!
    Using the five states of denial was brilliant!!!
    Keep it up!!!

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  49. VJ Says:

    Looks like they aren’t announcing the Trash Fence Line-up again. Daft Punk Forever!

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  50. shanBrazil Says:

    I’m very disappointed in the committee for not recognizing that Ike Turner belongs on the Anger stage. Denial should be a safe place for all of us not a trigger!

    Such bullshit.

    As usual.

    (And where’s Adam Yauch??)

    Last year’s line-up was way better.

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  51. Nathan VanMiddlesworth Says:

    Who you trying to fool? Over half these people are dead!

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  52. Sebastian Vittle Says:

    Thank You BurningMan Staffers fro being fist class assholes….I have been out to the playa three times driving folks out there it is my job…. every time the staff has addressed me and my clients with less respect the the playa they walk on WTF do you own the dessert? and dude with the bullhorn I hope someone shoves it up you ass where it belongs. FU bunch of pricks I would not pay one red cent to join assholes like you….And you even treated the performers I picked up like shit too they could not stop commenting on what a bunch of pricks you all are. I hope your man burns in hell!!!!!

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