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The Lonely Island performs at Bonnaroo's Which Stage June 16 in Manchester, Tenn.

SNL-spawned Comedic Group The Lonely Island Rocks Bonnaroo

The Lonely Island is one Bonnaroo act that many festival-goers were anticipating for months.   Thousands of fans gathered at the Which Stage in the early hours of Sunday morning to witness the comedy group/band trio…

The Lonely Island is one Bonnaroo act that many festival-goers were anticipating for months.  

Thousands of fans gathered at the Which Stage in the early hours of Sunday morning to witness the comedy group/band trio that’s known for its politically incorrect humor.

The group, which includes Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, opened with a crowd favorite, “We’re Back.”    

Friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California, the trio began working as makers of short films after college, which led to a writing gig on “Saturday Night Live.” The success there and in other television and film projects led them to combine their music with their writing to create The Lonely Island.           

The energy from the Bonnaroo crowd was electric and matched by the trio of friends onstage, who were obviously enjoying their Bonnaroo gig.

“I love music — don’t you guys love music?” one of the trio asked, trying to hype up the crowd even more. (It was unclear which of the three said because of the constant costume changes.

The California-based band has been around since 2001, and it was clear its fan base has remained loyal through the years. The crowd seemed to know every word of the nearly two dozen songs in the set, and the audience was nearly as loud as the artists onstage.

The Lonely Island has a release out now: “The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience” and is  on tour in support of the album this summer, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit and Minneapolis.

Lonely Island Set
Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island, performing on Which stage at Bonnaroo 2019.