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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).
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.
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 summer. In fact, the British band has already been announced for several European festivals, including Rock Werchter, Hurricane & Southside and Mad Cool. Frontman Robert Smith announced on Twitter that the band will be playing around 20 festivals in total, so there are still more to be added.
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 Colours of Ostrava. Additionally, the English band released a new album last June: High as Hope. Next year will be the best time to promote it, so more festivals will probably be announced.
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. In the meantime, the American rockers have been announced for Hurricane & Southside Festivals in Germany. More European dates will probably follow soon.
The Smashing Pumpkins
After the two October shows in London and Bologna, The Smashing Pumpkins recently revealed their first festival appearance of next summer. The American band will perform at Firenze Rocks 2019. They are also releasing their new album Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., their first in eighteen years, in November. The band is currently touring across America and the announcement of more European dates for the summer still remains a mystery.
Lana Del Rey
After playing an exclusive festival concert at Sziget last year, Lana Del Rey will be back next year. Her only confirmed shows so far are at Malahide Castle in Dublin on 22 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.
It has been two years since the last European performance of Neil Young + Promise of the Real. The legendary Canadian musician has now teased that the band will return in 2019. Last year he launched an online archival platform where he also answers questions from fans. Responding to questions about future plans of the band, he revealed that he plans to perform in UK and Europe next summer.
Mumford & Sons
After their exclusive performance at Sziget last year, Mumford & Sons are back on the festival road next summer. So far, they have been announced for Rock Werchter in Belgium, and for Hurricane & Southside in Germany. There are many festivals in June and July which they could also headline. With a new album out in November, the Englishmen will surely be announced for some of these.
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. An Oceania tour has already been confirmed for early 2019. Another summer in Europe is definitely a possibility.
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.