Summerfest Lineup Watch: January 2019
Okay, so it’s very, very cold out. We’ve established that. We need to think warm thoughts, and it seems like there’s no better day than today to start our 2019 Summerfest Lineup Watch. Now, before we go further, we should make our usual disclaimer: We have no idea who will actually play Summerfest this year, other than the already announced headliners: Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Bon Iver, and Ozzy Osbourne. Using the basis of already announced tour dates and festival lineups, however, we can figure out who to rule out, and wildly speculate on who could potentially make a trip to The Big Gig this year. Let’s think summer and go for it:
Let’s start with the biggest names. We already know that Paul McCartney is playing Madison and Lambeau Field, so that likely rules him out, due to radius clauses. The Rolling Stones are also on tour in Chicago on June 21st and 25th at Soldier Field, and while they would be in the area for Summerfest’s opening week, probably aren’t going to be surprising Milwaukee (though that would be an awesome treat).
The already announced headliners have a mix of country, indie, and metal. We’re more than likely to get at least one big hip hop show, and at least one pop headliner too. Two names to focus in on here are Childish Gambino and Anderson .Paak. Childish is a big name on the announced festival lineups so far, and gets back into the States after a European run for a headlining set at Bonnaroo on June 14th. Anderson .Paak is playing festivals this summer, but has no dates announced past Boston Calling on May 25th. As of this writing, either could be an American Family Insurance Amphitheater headliner in June.
Another good indicator of acts that could come to Milwaukee are on the lineup to Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Festival. The festival takes place on the weekend before Summerfest, so it’s feasible that some acts could hit both festivals fairly easily from a logistics standpoint. Of the headliners, Panic! At The Disco just played the Fiserv Forum, and Travis Scott has a rescheduled date there on February 22nd, but Post Malone has no reason to conflict with Summerfest at this point. It would be reasonable to see him appear on either the Summerfest or Lollapalooza lineup this year, and we can keep our fingers crossed that he’ll be in Milwaukee.
Also on the Firefly lineup, and supporting a new album this summer will be Vampire Weekend. (UPDATE: nevermind.) The band played Lollapalooza last year, so while it is possible that they could repeat there, there’s a chance that they could opt for Milwaukee instead. The band’s last show here was in 2014 at the BMO Harris Pavilion. Think it’s about time to sing along to “A-Punk” live again?
Elsewhere, Tame Impala just announced their 2019 tour dates. In addition to Coachella, Shaky Knees, Corona Capital, Boston Calling, and Primavera festivals, they’ll be playing a few amphitheater shows. That run ends in Spain on May 31st. It would make sense that the band would play an amphitheater at a festival, though the band may be another Lollapalooza grab. We’ll see when the lineup comes out.
Generally, a tour doesn’t happen without an album to support, so looking at the list of planned album releases for the first half of 2019 is a good indicator of who we could see make their way to Milwaukee for Summerfest, as well. The big names that are set to release (or already have released albums) are as follows: Future, Weezer (two albums), Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande, LCD Soundsystem, Florida Georgia Line, Hozier, Lana Del Ray, and The 1975. of those names, the only two that currently would have no reason to not play Summerfest are LCD Soundsystem and Florida Georgia Line. We may see them return to The Big Gig if they swing through between dates on June 15th in Southaven, MS and July 11th in Holmdel, NJ.
Who would you like to see play Summerfest this year? Comment and let us know, and we’ll include them in the next edition of the 2019 Summerfest Lineup Watch!