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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. In this article, we ask ourselves: who will we see at Pinkpop 2019?

Last year, Pinkpop impressed with headliners Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and Bruno Mars. Will the Dutch festival be able to bring a lineup that is just as impressive in 2019? We have gathered all the potential headliners for next year’s edition. Fleetwood Mac and Mumford & Sons, who were previously included in this article, have already been announced.

This is the list of the main rumours (in random order).

Eminem

With two albums in two years, including the surprise album Kamikaze, Eminem is officially back. He has already announced an Oceania tour for February and March next year. It is currently unknown whether or not he will do a European tour but it is likely that he will be involved in the festival season due to his newest album. It is also very possible that the American rapper could make his debut appearance at Pinkpop next year.

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins Band

After two October shows in London and Bologna, The Smashing Pumpkins recently revealed their first festival appearances of next summer. The American band will perform at Firenze Rocks, Mad Cool and Rock am Ring 2019, among others. The Pumpkins have played Pinkpop three times already, so a fourth performance definitely seems logical. Although the Americans already confirmed a show in the Netherlands, they might follow the example of Mumford & Sons and perform in Landgraaf as well.

Neil Young

It has been two years since the last European performance of Neil Young + Promise of the Real. After teasing that the band will return in 2019, the legendary Canadian musician has now confirmed his first show as well. He will perform alongside Bob Dylan at British Summer Time 2019 in London, one month after Pinkpop. We know Neil Young has been at the top of festival organiser Jan Smeets’ list since forever…

Sting

Foto: Eric Ryan Anderson

The legendary English musician Sting announced he will go on a European tour in 2019. He also released some of the dates, but more are yet to come. As he will be joining Bob Dylan and Parov Stelar at Jazzopen Stuttgart, we are eager to find out whether more festival announcements will come. The announced June dates include shows in Norway and Germany, which means he will be in the neighbourhood and could add a stop at Pinkpop.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz has already announced a European tour for next year, from April to June. He will be touring in Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, France, Germany and Belgium. During the Pinkpop weekend, the rock star will perform at the Dutch Hello Festival. Of course, this reduces his chances for an appearance in Landgraaf. On the other hand, he certainly will be in the area. It is still possible that the New Yorker will play at Pinkpop next Summer, but maybe as a sub and not a headliner.

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 not going to be an exception, since Florence + the Machine have already been confirmed for Rock Werchter and Sziget Festival, among others. Additionally, the English band released a new album last June: High as Hope. Next year will be the best time to promote it, and why not at Pinkpop 2019?

Lana Del Rey

After playing an exclusive festival concert at Sziget last year, Lana Del Rey will be back next year. Her confirmed shows so far are at Malahide Castle in Dublin and at Tinderbox in late June and at FIB Benicàssim in late July, but we can expect the American singer to add more dates soon. She could play at many festivals and even headline some.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia confirmed in a press conference that they will be back on stage in 2019. So far, the EDM supergroup has been confirmed for FM4 Frequency, Creamfieds, Tinderbox and Stavernfestivalen. Moreover, Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso will also release new music. A reunion like this would be a good match for a prominent spot on the lineup of Pinkpop 2019.

AC/DC

Alright, to be fair, this is probably the most unlikely rumour on this list. AC/DC have been spotted at the Vancouver studio where they recorded their last three records, leading to rumours about a new album coming up. However, there is no indication whether a tour will follow as well. For a hot second, the Australian rockers were rumoured to perform in Cologne next June, but this turned out to be a mistake. Still, if Pinkpop does manage to book the legendary band, it will be the perfect birthday present!

Ruled out

There are several artists we can rule out. In September, Ed Sheeran announced his European tour for 2019, which does not include a show in the Netherlands yet. However, Pinkpop would be sandwiched in between two Spanish gigs, making an appearance of the English singer-songwriter unlikely.

Furthermore, Bon Jovi, MetallicaMuse, P!nk, Rammstein and Tool have all announced a show in the Netherlands for next year, making a headline slot at Pinkpop 2019 all but impossible. Despite a recent festival confirmationFoo Fighters will not be returning only one year after their performance at Pinkpop 2018.

‘Mr. Pinkpop’ Jan Smeets has personally debunked several rumours as well. In a Dutch radio show, he has stated that ColdplayThe Cure and The Police will not perform in Landgraaf next summer.

To find out which of these rumours will become true, we will just have to wait. Follow Festileaks on Facebook or on Twitter to be the first to know.

Pinkpop 2019

Foto: Bart Heemskerk (Pinkpop 2018)

Pinkpop is an annual music festival that started in 1970. It is considered to be one of the oldest and longest-running pop and rock festivals in the world. During all these years, more than 700 bands have played at the festival and about 60,000 people attend the festival every day.