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Pearl Jam have been elected as Festival Act of the Year 2018. A record number of 12,643 votes were cast for Festileaks’ annual election. The top 3 is completed by Gorillaz and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. 

Pearl Jam are the fifth winner of our annual Festival Act of the Year competition. Past winners are Radiohead (2017), De Staat (2016), Muse (2015) and Arcade Fire (2014).

Check the complete Festival Acts Top 100 here. You can also find the list on Spotify.

1. Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam chooses quality over quantity: only five European festival shows were planned this year. The first European festival show of 2018 took place at Pinkpop: after eighteen years, the band finally returned to Landgraaf. Frontman Eddie Vedder is wearing his green Tivoli t-shirt and remembers the legendary concert and stagedive of 1992.

A few weeks later, it is Rock Werchter’s turn. Vedder surprises by going on stage early: he joins Jack Johnson for the song ‘Constellations’. Returning the favour, Jack Johnson later joins Pearl Jam for a rendition of ‘Imagine’. But this is not all: MC5 cover ‘Kick Out the Jams’ is played with the help of MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and members of King’s X and Fugazi. Legendary.

The band really does everything to make their festival shows a memorable experience. A solid rock act that has been going strong for 28 years: you cannot get enough of it. Pearl Jam were included in almost 31% of your top 10 lists, and they are the undisputed festival kings of 2018!

2. Gorillaz

Every Gorillaz show was guaranteed to include some surprises. Several special guests (De La Soul, Jamie Principle, Little Simz) joined the band on stage, frontman Albarn chanted the name of football player Eden Hazard at Rock Werchter, and he performed a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Lowlands. You would almost forget this, but this was only Gorillaz’ first festival tour. And that for an act that broke through in the 00s!

3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

He nailed the sunset slot at Down the Rabbit Hole and conquered Rock Werchter; Nick Cave had a very good summer. In an interview with Festileaks (in Dutch), Dick van Dijk (Plato/Concerto) describes the ‘Cave experience’ as follows: “…he moves you and gets it from his deepest self. There is also no other artist who plays the crowd this well. He waltzes right through. Touches and lets himself be touched. And that in a very relaxed way that doesn’t distract. Really very special.” Clearly, you agreed, giving Nick Cave a third place in the ultimate list of 2018.

The Festival Acts Top 100 of 2018

  1. Pearl Jam
  2. Gorillaz
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  4. David Byrne
  5. Queens of the Stone Age
  6. Arctic Monkeys
  7. Foo Fighters
  8. Nothing but Thieves
  9. The National
  10. Editors
  11. The War on Drugs
  12. Jack White
  13. Franz Ferdinand
  14. Snow Patrol
  15. LCD Soundsystem
  16. Oscar and the Wolf
  17. The Killers
  18. Kendrick Lamar
  19. Anderson .Paak
  20. Dua Lipa
  21. Kensington
  22. Bruno Mars
  23. De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig
  24. Greta van Fleet
  25. Noel Gallagher
  26. Arcade Fire
  27. Muse
  28. Imagine Dragons
  29. Nine Inch Nails
  30. Nile Rodgers & CHIC
  31. Mumford & Sons
  32. The Offspring
  33. De Staat
  34. Parov Stelar
  35. The Script
  36. Spinvis
  37. Brockhampton
  38. Eels
  39. Kaleo
  40. Volbeat
  42. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  43. The Vaccines
  44. Bonobo
  45. The Kooks
  46. Stone Sour
  47. Dropkick Murphys
  48. MGMT
  49. IDLES
  50. A Perfect Circle
  51. Bastille
  52. Iron Maiden
  53. BLØF
  54. Alice In Chains
  55. London Grammar
  56. Jack Johnson
  57. Slowdive
  58. Khruangbin
  59. Di-Rect
  60. Vince Staples
  61. Bazart
  62. Triggerfinger
  63. Miles Kane
  64. Wolf Alice
  65. Post Malone
  66. Ben Howard
  67. Patti Smith
  68. Liam Gallagher
  69. Tame Impala
  70. Sigrid
  71. De Likt
  72. The Overslept
  73. N.E.R.D.
  74. Marmozets
  75. Warhaus
  76. The Wombats
  77. Steven Wilson
  78. Parcels
  79. George Ezra
  80. Bicep
  81. Yungblud
  82. Rise Against
  83. Kygo
  84. James Bay
  85. J. Bernardt
  86. Maribou State
  87. Fever Ray
  88. First Aid Kit
  89. Justice
  90. Stereophonics
  91. Parkway Drive
  92. Blaudzun
  93. Stormzy
  94. Tom Walker
  95. Sofi Tukker
  96. Father John Misty
  97. Johan
  98. Angus & Julia Stone
  99. Ghost
  100. Tom Odell

Festival Acts Top 100 of 2018 in one playlist

Of course, a list like this will make you want to relive this festival summer. And that’s possible! We have assembled all your highlights in one Spotify playlist. So what are you waiting for? Click play and go back to the festival fields!

Thank you for voting for the Festival Acts Top 100 of 2018. See you next year!

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