Summerfest announces musical lineup

Summerfest on March 23 announced more than 90 headlining acts that will perform at the 2016 festival, including Martin Garrix, Willie Nelson, Rise Against, Passion Pit, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Derulo, Ryan Adams and Elle King.

The announcement included a promotional video found at, as well as the performance dates.

The performers announced on March 23:

Martin Garrix

Willie Nelson

Rise Against

Passion Pit

Hollywood Vampires

Death Cab for Cutie

Jason Derulo


Ryan Adams

Hunter Hayes

The Decemberists

The Roots

Ray LaMontagne

Rachel Platten

Gavin DeGraw

Mike D (DJ Set)

Chase Rice


Fitz and The Tantrums


Dustin Lynch

The Fray

Randy Houser

Barenaked Ladies

Billy Idol

Kirk Franklin

Elle King

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Andra Day

Young the Giant


Peter Bjorn and John

Jack & Jack

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Violent Femmes


Preservation Hall Jazz Band

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Stephen Marley

Cheap Trick

Umphrey’s McGee

Kris Kristofferson


Femi Kuti & The Positive Force

Joe Jackson

Brothers Osborne


Jana Kramer

Milky Chance

Taylor Dayne

Ben Folds

Indigo Girls

Neil Finn



Kool and The Gang

38 Special

Phil Vassar

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers


Buckwheat Zydeco

Michael Ray

The Wombats

Brian Fallon & the Crowes

Kane Brown

Morris Day and The Time

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Charlie Aponte


OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Sir Mix-A-Lot

Granger Smith

Howard Jones

Richard Marx

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Blue Oyster Cult

Con Brio

Hippo Campus

Bobby Rush

Coast Modern


Coleman Hell

Otis Taylor

The Grass Roots

Black Violin

Brooke Eden

Son Little

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers

Chris Lane

Diane Coffee

Drew Baldridge

Welshly Arms

Lucky Chops

Ruthie Collins

The Ides of March

Lucie Silvas

Brett Young

Previously announced Marcus Amphitheater headliners include Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes, Luke Bryan with special guest Frankie Ballard, Sting and Peter Gabriel, Weezer and Panic! At The Disco with special guest Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Selena Gomez with special guest DNCE, Blake Shelton with special guest Parmalee, Def Leppard with special guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla, Tim McGraw with special guests Kacey Musgraves and Ryan Kinder.

“Year after year, Summerfest showcases a music lineup that is nothing short of fantastic, with performances to fit everyone’s taste,” Don Smiley, president & CEO of Summerfest, said in a news release.  “With artists that are as diverse as they are talented, we’re proud to unveil a tremendous lineup for 2016 and invite everyone in Milwaukee and worldwide to join the party to sing, dance and celebrate the ‘World’s Largest Music Festival.’”

Summerfest patrons can purchase tickets for the festival online.  General admission tickets are $20 and Weekday tickets (valid prior to 4:00 pm) are only $13. Multi-day ticket options also are available:

  • The 3-Day Pass is available for $48 and is valid for one general admission per day on three different days of the festival.
  • The 5-Day Pass is available for $75 and is valid for one general admission per day on five different days of the festival.
  • The “11-Day Power Pass” is currently available in limited quantities for $80.

About Summerfest

Summerfest 2016 will take place June 29-July 3 and July 5-July 10 from noon until midnight and will be closed Monday, July 4.  Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration.

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