The Weeknd in 2020: 4 reasons why we need him at European festivals

The Weeknd
Photo: Szlezak

The Weeknd is one of the most influential artist of the 2010’s. Here are 4 reasons why we need to see him at festivals in 2020.

1- One of the best artist of his generation

The Canadian R&B superstar is one of the most influential artists of the 2010’s: he already has 3 Grammy’s under his belt, as well as other prestigious awards like NRJ and Billboard music awards, and the Canadian equivalents: 9 Juno awards. The Weeknd is also famous for his collaborations with Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar, among others. With dozens of millions of albums sold, he is definitely among the top artists of the past decade, so let’s start the new one with a bang.

2- A new album is on its way

What best way to start a decade if not by releasing a new album? This is not a fan’s wild desire, as The Weeknd has already released two singles at the end of last year, ‘Blinding Lights’ and ‘Heartless’. His last LP was from 2016, and his last EP from 2018, so 2020 seems like a good year for another album. No other information has filtered, it can drop anytime.

3- It’s been a while since he came to Europe

The Canadian singer’s last concert was in 2018 in Indonesia. That year, he only performed once in Europe, at Lollapalooza Berlin. Before that, his last proper tour was from 2017. Any performance he will be doing will be long-awaited by his fans, especially the European ones.

4- Some festivals are missing a headliner and The Weeknd would be a perfect fit

The Weeknd
Photo: Szlezak

Some festivals are yet to announce their line-up, while others have one or two headliners missing. Sziget has 7 ones to announce so he could well be one of them, and that would mean that Pukkelpop probably has him too. If The Weeknd fancies coming earlier, in July, he could be one of the missing Mad Cool headliner. In 2017, he headlined NOS Alive, so he could really play any of the big ones. A lot of possibilities are open, but the longer we wait the less chance we have for him to be announced.

The Weeknd

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd was born in Canada on 16 February 1990. He started his career on Youtube in 2010 and released his debut album, Kiss Land, in 2013. He has won three Grammy Awards, eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards and nine Juno Awards. Fun fact: The Weeknd is the only artist that managed to hold the top three spots of the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart at the same time, with the singles ‘Earned It,’ ‘The Hills’ and ‘Can’t Feel My Face.’ For more information, you can visit his website.