Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Autumn Leaves are Falling...

As we approach the end of the year and head into lineup announcement season, it's time to update our predictions for top US festivals in the first half of 2016. 

Several months ago, we heard that next year's Coachella festival would feature a big-time reunion among its headliners. We initially reported that that act would be Guns 'n Roses. Within days, we crossed that name out, replacing it with the more hotly-tipped LCD Soundsystem. As we suspected, however, we weren't wrong about either act. We expect Coachella 2016 to feature not one but two big reunions among its headliners. 

Without further ado, some of our topline predictions for big US festivals through next Spring, including the new Panorama Festival in New York City, one of several big new festivals whose debut we anticipate in 2016, including June's America Rocks in Rhode Island and the Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival at the Rose Bowl...

Guns 'n Roses
LCD Soundsystem
Lana Del Rey
Calvin Harris
Twenty One Pilots
The Arcs
A$AP Rocky
Gary Clark, Jr.
Jean-Michel Jarre
The Libertines
Major Lazer
Of Monsters and Men
St. Germain

[11/16 Update] New Orleans Jazz Fest
Van Morrison

The Cure
Mumford and Sons

Governors Ball
[11/16 Updates:
A$AP Rocky
Of Monsters & Men]

Dead & Company Eric Clapton
Calvin Harris
[11/16 Update: Ween]

LCD Soundsystem
Mumford and Sons

Kings of Leon (making up their canceled performance this year) or Green Day
Mumford and Sons 
Florence and the Machine

[11/13 Update] America Rocks
Green Day or Kings of Leon
Hollywood Vampires

We'll leave our festival predictions there, but name a few more artists we expect to be active to one degree or another in the US in or around the Summer of 2016: Adele, Avicii, Beyonce, Coldplay, the Dixie Chicks, Drake, Ellie Goulding, Eric Church, Foo Fighters, Frank Ocean, Gorillaz, Iggy Azalea, Kanye West, J. Cole, Justin Bieber, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Metallica, My Morning Jacket, The National, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna, Skrillex and Tom Morello.

Whether additional reunions will follow at Coachella or other festivals remains to be seen, but we will also name a few additional acts whose return next year would not shock us: A Tribe Called Quest [11/13 Update: We expect them to appear at one of the New York festivals], Fleet Foxes, N.W.A., Pavement.

Stay with us as the season gets under way!

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