Since its inception way back in 1968, the Milwaukee Summerfest lineup has come to offer audiences more than a few A-list performers over the years. Based on what’s on tap next, Summerfest 2013 may have truly outdone itself this time around. Taking place over 11 days at Milwaukee’s picturesque lakefront, June 26-July 1 and July 3-8, this will surely be an event you won’t want to miss.
The headliners and first batch of additional artists were released April 4, with The Avett Brothers, Violent Femmes and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros first up, front and center on June 26. From classic rock to country, electronic to alternative, with even some comedians mixed in as well, this year’s Summerfest is sure to have something for everyone. Other headliners set to take the Marcus Amphitheater stage are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, John Mayer, fun., Pitbull, Rush, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, New Kids on the Block and Tim McGraw.
In addition to the notable main acts, many other participating bands have been rockin’ stages for over 20 years, but that doesn’t mean they can’t keep the masses entertained. The Barenaked Ladies, Foreigner, Cake, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper, The Spinners, Social Distortion, REO Speedwagon, Guster, Buddy Guy, STYX, Morris Day and the Time and LOVERBOY are just a few of those oldies but goodies set to make waves in the lineup.
The headliners and big names may demand much of the attention, but there are still plenty of bands flying well under the radar that deserve a peek as well. Atlas Genius is an indie rock band hailing from South Australia that has been garnering attention this year after their single, “Trojans,” hit alternative radio stations across the country. A large number of their small-venue U.S. shows are sold out, but they’ll be playing big musical festivals like Summerfest, Lollapalooza, and Firefly while in the States.
A few other performers guaranteed to garner a crowd include O.A.R., The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dispatch, Neon Trees, Gavin DeGraw, Drowning Pool, Dropkick Murphys and Silversun Pickups, on top of emerging artists such as The Neighbourhood, GROUPLOVE, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Youngblood Hawke and Alex Clare.
If you’ll be heading to Summerfest with a specific sound in mind, K’naan, Atmosphere, and LL Cool J will scratch that rap itch while Craig Morgan, Kip Moore, and aforementioned headliners Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Tim McGraw will keep country folks tappin’ those boots. Don’t forget to bring your glow sticks and general party attitude for electronic beat-droppers Diplo, Robert DeLong, and Pretty Lights.
Over 700 bands and artists in all are expected to play this year, which can pretty much quench any musical tastes. Prepare to ramp your summer into high gear, and start bragging to your friends, when you secure your Summerfest tickets today from Vivid Seats.
Summerfest 2013 | Marcus Amphitheater Headliners
Wed., June 26: The Avett Brothers, Violent Femmes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Thurs., June 27: fun., Walk the Moon, Family of the Year
Fri., June 28: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Sat., June 29: Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, and Thomas Rhett
Sun., June 30: Pitbull
Tues., July 2: New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men
Wed., July 3: Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, and Florida Georgia Line
Thurs., July 4: Rush
Fri., July 5: Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft
Sat., July 6: John Mayer, Phillip Phillips
Sun., July 7: The Eagles