The 2016 Summerfest Grounds Stage Headliners Are Here

The Big Gig announced more than 90 new acts for the 2016 festival. See the full list here.

Signs of Spring in Milwaukee: Uecker on the radio, giant puddles everywhere, that guy who wears shorts outside way too soon, and of course, the announcement of the Summerfest Grounds Stage headliners.

Here’s this year’s list of more than 90 acts:

Martin Garrix            
Willie Nelson
Rise Against
Passion Pit
Hollywood Vampires
Death Cab for Cutie
Jason Derulo
Ryan Adams
Hunter Hayes
The Decemberists
The Roots
Ray LaMontagne
Rachel Platten
Gavin DeGraw
Mike D (DJ Set)
Chase Rice
Fitz and The Tantrums
Dustin Lynch
The Fray
Randy Houser
Barenaked Ladies
Billy Idol
Kirk Franklin
Elle King
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Andra Day
Young the Giant
Peter Bjorn and John
Jack & Jack
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Violent Femmes
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Stephen Marley
Cheap Trick
Umphrey’s McGee
Kris Kristofferson
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Joe Jackson
Brothers Osborne
Jana Kramer
Milky Chance
Taylor Dayne
Ben Folds
Indigo Girls
Neil Finn
Kool and The Gang
38 Special
Phil Vassar
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
Buckwheat Zydeco
Michael Ray
The Wombats
Brian Fallon & the Crowes
Kane Brown
Morris Day and The Time
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Charlie Aponte
OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
Sir Mix-A-Lot
Granger Smith
Howard Jones
Richard Marx
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Blue Oyster Cult
Con Brio
Hippo Campus
Bobby Rush
Coast Modern
Coleman Hell
Otis Taylor
The Grass Roots
Black Violin
Brooke Eden
Son Little
Mindi Abair
Chris Lane
Diane Coffee
Drew Baldridge
Welshly Arms
Lucky Chops
Ruthie Collins
The Ides of March
Lucie Silvas
Brett Young

As always, dates, times and stages will be announced in the weeks and months to come. You can also expect a batch of local acts to be announced soon, too.

Today’s announcement follows the many already made for the Marcus Amphitheater, which are:

  • June 29: Selena Gomez
  • June 30: TBA
  • July 1: Blake Shelton
  • July 2: Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes
  • July 3: Tim McGraw with Kacey Musgraves and Ryan Kinder
  • No Summerfest July 4 (Happy Independence Day!)
  • July 5: TBA
  • July 6: Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon and Tesla
  • July 7: Luke Bryan with Frankie Ballard
  • July 8: TBA
  • July 9: Weezer and Panic! At The Disco
  • July 10: Sting and Peter Gabriel

Because I’m an unabashed fan of Summerfest, here are a few of my top picks upon first look: The Roots, Willie Nelson, Passion Pit, Elle King, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Andra Day, Fitz and The Tantrums, Violent Femmes, and The Roots a second time.

Tell us what you think about this year’s lineup on Facebook and Twitter.

Don Smiley, Summerfest’s president and CEO, said this about the 2016 lineup in a press release announcing the headliners.

“Year after year, Summerfest showcases a music lineup that is nothing short of fantastic, with performances to fit everyone’s taste. With artists that are as diverse as they are talented, we’re proud to unveil a tremendous lineup for 2016 and invite everyone in Milwaukee and worldwide to join the party to sing, dance and celebrate the ‘World’s Largest Music Festival.’” 

Here’s more from Summerfest on ticket options:

Summerfest patrons can purchase tickets for the festival at an incredibly low price.  General admission tickets are $20 and Weekday tickets (valid prior to 4:00 pm) are only $13. The value continues with multi-day ticket options, all of which can be purchased now at with no incremental service fees.  

  • The 3-Day Pass is available for $48 and is valid for one general admission per day on three different days of the festival ($60 value). 
  • The 5-Day Pass is available for $75 and is valid for one general admission per day on five different days of the festival ($100 value).  
  • The “11-Day Power Pass” is currently available in limited quantities for $80 ($220 value).  



Dan Shafer was the digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Dan joined the magazine as assistant editor in 2014 and wrote the November 2014 cover story, "Downtown Horizons." He's worked as a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee and an editor at ThirdCoast Digest. Contact him at He's on Twitter @danshaferMKE.