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Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage next year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. Who will we see at the biggest European festivals in 2019? Here is a summary of the main rumours (in random order).
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Coldplay’s last festival tour was in 2011, so it’s about time for a new round of festival shows. Next year finally seems to be the year. Several sources seem to be sure: Coldplay is going on tour. Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera says that the gentlemen are scheduled for Rock in Roma Summer Fest, a brand new concept of the current Rock in Roma festival. Spanish blog Rock Europa Radio is also almost certain: Coldplay is going to headline next year’s O Son Do Camiño Festival in Santiago de Compostela. They report that the contract negotiations between the festival and the British band are in a final phase. Nevertheless, sources from O Son Do Camiño called Faro De Vigo to deny that statement.
Ed Sheeran recently revealed that he plans to continue working on his new album, having already finished some tracks. Moreover, he also announced that he will extend his tour until September 2019. This extension of his current tour means that there is a real possibility he will perform at festivals next summer. In an interview with Pinkpop organizer Jan Smeets, Dutch media 3voor12 ask if Ed Sheeran is something for the 50th Pinkpop, as he will be doing festivals next year. Jan Smeets answered somewhat vaguely: “Maybe. It is indeed a thing”.
The Cure are the first band in this list who already have actual dates announced. On 16 March, the Englishmen will perform at a festival in Johannesburg. Five days later, they will play the same festival in Cape Town. These South African shows pave the way for a European festival tour in spring or summer. In April, Robert Smith, The Cure’s frontman, already announced that they have many plans for 2019. After celebrating their 40th anniversary at British Summer Time in 2018, they may as well go on a full-scale festival tour in 2019.
While Foo Fighters are still touring the United States, the rumours are already starting for next year. The bookmakers have already made Foo Fighters the top favourite for a headline show at Reading & Leeds 2019. Another rumour about the band can be found in a local American newspaper. The band was named as a potential headliner for the new Jellyfish Festival, taking place in June 2019. This would make it plausible for the Foos to perform at European festivals in August.
Arctic Monkeys are obviously a serious contender, after having headlined many festivals this year to promote Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino. The album had mixed reviews. Some praised the band’s change in direction, while others criticized the use of piano. But it’s Arctic Monkeys, and they deserve time to adapt the album to a live setting. The band is among the favourites of the bookmakers to headline Reading & Leeds 2019, as well as Glastonbury. Another summer in Europe is definitely a possibility.
Florence + The Machine
Florence Welch and her band have always been around for festivals. She headlined some, played other, and even stepped up at Glastonbury to replace Foo Fighters. This year is unlikely to be an exception, especially since she released a new album last June: High as Hope. Next year will be the best time to promote it, after showcasing it at some festivals this year. In the meantime, you can still catch her before the next festival season, as she will be playing numerous venues in North America, Europe (with a focus on the UK obviously) and even Australia.
Tame Impala only did a few festival shows this summer. Earlier this year, Kevin Parker already said that he is busy working on the new album. The frontman of Tame Impala also mentioned that it will most likely be released before the summer of 2019. Usually this means that a series of festival shows will follow. Indeed, Parker also expressed his interest to headline a stage at Glastonbury Festival 2019.
The metal band is one of the biggest rumour as we definitely know that they will be announcing a European tour this month for the May-August 2019 period. French radio DJ Francis Zégut says that they have a stadium planned for France in May, and he is usually well-informed. Although this may point at a full stadium tour, we can still hope some festivals will be thrown in. In the meantime, the Americans will be playing in North America until March.
A new Muse album will finally be released on 9 November this year. Simulation Theory will be their first album since 2015’s Drones. In fact, the first four singles have already been released. This is of course a good reason to go back to the festivals. The band confirmed that they will be coming to Europe next year, but it is not yet known whether this will be festival shows or individual concerts. We will have to wait and see.
On Twitter, P!nk has announced that she will be coming to Europe in the summer of 2019 for her ‘Beautiful Trauma World Tour’. Though the dates and countries are not yet confirmed, it will be during the festival season. This means that there is a chance we will see her at one of the big festivals in Europe. The last time this was possible was in 2017, when the American rock star performed at Sziget Festival.