Sunday, December 6, 2015

Coming into focus...

Updated 12/11

The 2016 festival picture is getting clearer. Below is an update of our bigger-name artist predictions for most of the major and some of the less major American music festivals, as well as a note about a European festival or two

Newly-included are several big festivals, including Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Outside Lands, and Miami's Ultra Music Festival. We have also dropped a number of headliner predictions from our previous post; you can count most of those names out now. We'll have new predictions soon about a festival or two we've dropped momentarily, including Governors Ball.

Scroll to the bottom for an extra word about next year's reunions, big and smaller.

Chemical Brothers

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

New Orleans Jazz Fest
Bob Seger
Bonnie Raitt
Paul Simon
Van Morrison
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

The Cure
Mumford and Sons

Dead & Company 
LCD Soundsystem
Zac Brown Band
J. Cole
Ellie Goulding
Death Cab for Cutie
Big Grams
Blood Orange
Of Monsters & Men
Portugal. the Man
Tame Impala
Jason Isbell
Leon Bridges

Panorama (if it happens)
LCD Soundsystem
Mumford and Sons

Glastonbury Festival
Coldplay (with special guest Rihanna?)
Jeff Lynne's ELO

The Prodigy

Outside Lands
Dead & Company 

About those reunions, and additional possibilities.... 

LCD Soundsystem will make its triumphant return at Coachella, but that will be just the beginning of the road for the band. In addition to Bonnaroo and Panorama festival (or perhaps Global Citizen if the Queens festival's permit is denied), the band will travel overseas for an appearance at one or more European festivals including, we believe, British Summer Time in Hyde Park, London and perhaps Barcelona's Primavera Sound. They will also make an appearance or two later in Summer at some smaller American festivals including HARD Summer and perhaps Chicago's Pitchfork festival.

The story is similar with Guns 'N Roses. Assuming its volatile personalities hold together, the semi-reunited band will play some very big gigs on at least three continents over the next year or two, including festival appearances in South America and Europe, where the band has been tipped to headline the Download and Isle of Wight Festivals in not 2016, but 2017. Whether and how many shows beyond Coachella occur in the US in 2016 remains to be seen, but we would not be surprised by a Lollapalooza headlining slot. The new lineup reportedly will feature a mix of old and new members including Slash and Duff McKagan, but perhaps neither Izzy Stradlin nor either of the drummers from earlier lineups.

As for other potential 2016 reunions, we'll mention that we do expect Fleet Foxes to reform in some fashion within the next year or two, perhaps as soon as next Summer. We also would not be surprised if Jack White and Alison Mosshart's The Dead Weather also makes one or two live appearances next Summer, at Lollapalooza and/or Bonnaroo.

Stay tuned for more soon, including a much longer-form Coachella lineup prediction later in the month.

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