Kesha, Lil Uzi Vert, Janelle Monae & More to Headline Summerfest: Exclusive
The annual festival reveals its full lineup of headliners.
Milwaukee's annual Summerfest has grown immensely over the last several years -- the festival celebrated its 50th anniversary last summer. Today, April 4, the festival is exclusively revealing all its headliners to Billboard.
Newly announced acts include Kesha, Lil Uzi Vert, Marshmello, The Fray, Janelle Monae and Anderson East, to name a few. There are over 100 headliners in all, with previously announced acts such as Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Logic, Florida Georgia Line, Shawn Mendes, Blake Shelton, The Weeknd and Arcade Fire also taking the stage.
Summerfest, which takes over a 75-acre permanent festival park in downtown Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan, spans 11 days and invites more than 800 artists to perform on 12 stages. The festival is presented by American Family Insurance and is produced by Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. a non-profit organization.
“Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. exists to promote the performing arts, showcase the diversity of our community and promote Milwaukee as a destination,” says Don Smiley, president and CEO of the organization. “This mission has guided us for decades and it makes our festival distinctly different from other events."
While the festival has evolved over the last half-century, it has seen significant growth in the past 15 years, during which over $90 million in on-site improvements have been made, including several new stages opening for this summer’s installment, “and we are just getting started,” Smiley assures. Within the next five years, the organization plans to build a new amphitheatre for its headliners to perform in.
The full lineup of Summerfest headliners can be viewed below, and tickets can be purchased here.