Jack Johnson will replace Mumford & Sons for the Saturday night headliner slot at Bonnaroo, Billboard reports. Mumford & Sons were originally scheduled to play on Saturday night, but the band announced yesterday that they would not be appearing at Bonnaroo in order to give bassist Ted Dwane time to recover from brain surgery, which he underwent earlier this week. The band is scheduled to resume touring on June 30th with an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.
Bonnaroo organizers contacted Johnson yesterday evening about filling the empty Saturday night headliner slot. Incidentally, Johnson was scheduled to make press appearances at Bonnaroo to promote his upcoming album, From Here To Now To You, and was already on his way to Tennessee when he received the call.
"I called my band and asked if they were up for it," Johnson said in a Facebook post today, and they decided to play the festival. He and the band are no strangers to the venue: in the post, Johnson added, "I was here to play the first Bonnaroo and it was a very special festival to my band. We are excited to hit the stage again."
Johnson will also be playing alongside ALO during their Bonnaroo set tonight:
— alomusic (@alomusic) June 14, 2013