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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. Who will we see fill the last headliner spots at the biggest European festivals in 2019? Here is a summary of the main rumours (in random order).

Childish Gambino

Foto: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Maybe this is the last year that you will be able to see Childish Gambino. In fact, Donald Glover will surely continue to make music but probably under another name. The American rapper is already confirmed to headline Coachella, but European festivals are still very much a mystery. There are many festivals where he could play, apart from Lovebox and Bilbao BBK where he performed last year.

The Killers

Photo: The Killers at EXIT 2017 by Rob Loud

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 Glastonbury this year. It is not unlikely, as they are now the bookies’ favourites to headline the legendary British festival in 2019.

The Strokes

The Strokes

The Strokes are one of these bands who rarely ever make it to Europe. However, they will return in 2019! The American indie rockers were announced for a handful of festivals: Bilbao BBK and Doctor Music in Spain, where Julian Casablancas will also perform with The Voidz, but also All Points East in London and Lollapalooza Paris 2019. More festivals will probably follow, since they describe their tour as a “global comeback.”

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Another rapper who we can spot at the top of some bills this summer is Anderson .Paak! August festivals have the most chances to book him as he is already confirmed for Reading & Leeds as well as Lowlands Festival. Before coming to Europe in the summer, the American artist and his band will also perform at Coachella and Boston Calling 2019.

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.

Tame Impala

Foto: Eric Pamies

Tame Impala only did a few festival shows last summer. Now, Kevin Parker says a new album will most likely be released before the summer of 2019. Additionally, the Australians already confirmed appearances at Hurricane & Southside, Primavera Sound, Northside and We Love Green in June. They will also be in Europe in August, with shows at Lowlands, Øya and Flow Festival. Parker also expressed his interest to headline a stage at Glastonbury Festival 2019.

Lana Del Rey

After playing an exclusive festival concert at Sziget last year, Lana Del Rey will be back this year. Her confirmed shows so far are at Tinderbox in late June and at FIB BenicàssimSuper Bock Super Rock and Latitude Festival 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.

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. It seems likely that more announcements will follow soon.

Arctic Monkeys

Foto: Ben Houdijk (BKS 2018)

Arctic Monkeys are obviously a serious contender, after having headlined many festivals this year to promote Tranquility Base Hotel & CasinoAn Oceania tour has already been confirmed for early 2019. Additionally, the Englishmen announced performances at Pa’l Norte in Mexico and at Lollapalooza Argentina, Brazil and Chile at the end of March 2019. Another summer in Europe is definitely a possibility.


Coldplay‘s last festival tour was in 2011, so it is about time for a new round of festival shows. Several sources seemed to be sure: Coldplay is going on tour this year. 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. Nevertheless, sources from this festival called Faro De Vigo to deny that statement. However, new rumours surrounding a new album are still giving us hope to see them at festivals this summer.

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