It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Summerfest’s lineup is here.
It’s the launch of booking summer plans, finding new music from artists local and nationwide, and getting ready to create some of the best memories yet.
Scot Ziel, associate booking director for Summerfest, says one of the biggest performers to catch at this year’s festival is Billie Eilish.
“We have been making offers for the last three months,” Ziel says. “She is about as hot as anything right now.”
Ziel says he is also excited to have new bands at the festival such as YUNGBLUD, an English rock band, and Lizzo, whose music is engaging, soulful and funky.
Summerfest starts planning the day after the previous year’s music fest ends, and some of the first artists to sign on are usually the country acts, Ziel says.
“This year, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean were really early on; the Zac Brown Band, too,” Ziel says. Rock bands, alternative and indie, and hip hop consecutively fall into place after that.
To pick which artists come to Brew city, though, Ziel says researching what people are streaming informs the choices.
“Summerfest is a festival for the people,” Ziel says. “We look at all styles of music people want to see at the festival.”
Milwaukee’s biggest party is only 78 days away, but don’t fret. Here’s the list of headliners to hold you over until then.
(The main stage acts were previously announced, but the ground-stage ones are new. Summerfest is expected to announce additional ground-stage headliners, along with times, dates and stage locations, in the coming weeks.)
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Thomas Rhett with special guest Dustin Lynch
The Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss, Dawes and Trapper Schoepp
Jason Aldean with special guests Kane Brown & Carley Pearce
Bon Iver with special guests Lord Huron & Julien Baker
Zac Brown Band with special guest Drake White
Lionel Richie with special guest Michael McDonald
The Killers with special guest Death Cab for Cutie
Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg & ScHoolboy Q
Ground Stage Headliners
The Lonely Island
Taking Back Sunday
Judah & the Lion
Los Lonely Boys
Allman Betts Band
Otis Taylor and the Psychedelic Banjo Posse
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
WALK THE MOON
Third Eye Blind
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Catfish and the Bottlemen
August Burns Red
Lake Street Drive
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Guided By Voices
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Leonid & Friends
The Head and the Heart
Young the Giant
Jimmy Eat World
3 Doors Down
Sublime with Rome
First Aid Kit
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
La Sonora Ponceña
Dark Star Orchestra
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Reverend Horton Heat