Ground stage headliners listed for first time; main stage lineup a diverse mix

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.)

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June 26

Thomas Rhett with special guest Dustin Lynch 

June 27

The Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss, Dawes and Trapper Schoepp       

June 28

Jason Aldean with special guests Kane Brown & Carley Pearce     

June 29

Bon Iver with special guests Lord Huron & Julien Baker

June 30

Zac Brown Band with special guest Drake White

July 2

Lionel Richie with special guest Michael McDonald

July 3

Jennifer Lopez

July 5

The Killers with special guest Death Cab for Cutie

July 6

Billie Eilish

July 7

Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg & ScHoolboy Q 

 

Ground Stage Headliners

Brandi Carlile

The Lonely Island

Steve Aoki

Brothers Osborne

Foreigner

Lizzo

CHVRCHES

Courtney Barnett

Atmosphere

Taking Back Sunday

Judah & the Lion

Styx

Chris Janson

Dispatch

SWITCHFOOT

Hanson

Chelsea Cutler

Semisonic

The Roots

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Los Lonely Boys

MAX

Two Friends

Matisyahu

Dylan Scott

Brother Ali

VOILÁ

Silverstein

38 Special

Nora Collins

10,000 Maniacs

Cory Wong

The Spinners

Royal Tusk

Brandy Clark

Allman Betts Band

Weathers

Juice

Carousel Kings

Otis Taylor and the Psychedelic Banjo Posse

DJ Keezy

Sweet Crude

deM atlaS

Evidence

Adia Victoria

Cole Swindell

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Chicago

WALK THE MOON

Third Eye Blind

X Ambassadors

Big Gigantic

Quinn XCII

T-Pain

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Loverboy

Elle King

Skillet

August Burns Red

LANCO

lovelytheband

COIN

Matoma

Lake Street Drive

Jimmie Allen

YUNGBLUD

Chris Lane

SOJA

Steve Earle & The Dukes

Donna Missal

Lauren Alaina

Guided By Voices

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Dumpstaphunk

Ozomatli

Foghat

Common Kings

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

Sa-Roc

Aaron Lee Tasjan

The Suffers

Hawthorne Heights

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

HARDY

Oxymorrons

DJ Abilities

Leonid & Friends

Tenille Arts

The Beths

The Head and the Heart

The National

Jason Mraz

Young the Giant

Jimmy Eat World

3 Doors Down

Sublime with Rome

First Aid Kit

Vic Mensa

Dashboard Confessional

Chaka Khan

Frenship

Gryffin

Chase Rice

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Daya

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

La Sonora Ponceña

Neon Trees

Ludacris

Lindsay Ell

Collective Soul

Jordan Davis

Riley Green

Dark Star Orchestra

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Jesus Jones

X

Mitchell Tenpenny

Andrew W.K.

Reverend Horton Heat

GGOOLLDD

Silent Planet

SHAED

The Association

Sego

flora cash

Nikki Jean

Trea Landon

Matt Hoyles

The Lioness

Trap Manny

Black Pumas 

 

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