Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage this 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 this 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).

The Cure

The Cure will surely have a busy summer festival season in 2019. They are already confirmed at several European festivals, including Rock Werchter, NOS Alive and June festivals like INmusic 2019. The English band is also set to release a new album this year. While Jan Smeets has said that The Cure will not perform at Pinkpop, we know that he can be unpredictable and that the British legends have no Dutch date listed on this tour so far.


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 this 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 this year.

The 1975

The 1975 have a pretty busy summer ahead of them. They have been confirmed for many European festivals including Mad Cool and Rock Werchter. In 2016, their second album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, topped the charts in the UK and the American Billboard 200, landing the band a sub position at Reading & Leeds that year. However, the Englishmen released a new album last november: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Well-received by fans and critics, this will give them the opportunity to headline Reading & Leeds 2019, as well as other European festivals. Now, the only remaining question is: will Pinkpop be one of them?

Armin van Buuren

The Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren finished 2018 with performances in Asia. His next tour stop is Europe with a couple of shows, including Balaton Sound, already announced. He also confirmed one show in the Netherlands in February this year. However, there are still plenty of free dates and he might very well add Pinkpop to the tour list. After all, it is always good to be back and perform in your home country.

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…

The Killers

So far, the only festival show announced for The Killers is KABOO Festival in the United States in May. Having headlined Rock Werchter and Latitude in 2018, The Killers might surprise us and headline Pinkpop this year.

Eddie Vedder

Photo via Side Stage Collective

His first confirmation for 2019 was as support for The Who at Wembley in London. Since then, the Pearl Jam frontman has announced more dates, including a first festival. Eddie Vedder will headline Firenze Rocks in Italy in June. More festivals can be expected, but maybe not too many as Pearl Jam is reportedly working on a new album. Eddie certainly has a big appeal, as the band he is fronting was chosen by you as the Festival act of 2018.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers seem to be preparing a return. They wrapped up their world tour in 2018 and revealed that they are working on a new album. Following that discovery, new shows in 2019 seemed possible. They hinted at a new tour and it became official when they confirmed Australian dates for February and March. The Americans will return for their first headline tour in twelve years. We have not seen them at many European festivals since 2016 when they played at Pinkpop for the fourth time. It seems like 2019 could be a good year for their fifth appearance at the festival.

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, Creamfields, 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.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz has already announced a European tour for this 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 this summer, but maybe as a sub and not a headliner.

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 this 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. In addition, a solo gig by Sting has also been ruled out. The legendary English singer and songwriter already confirmed two Dutch festival shows for 2019.

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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.

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