The 2017 music festival circuit is just beginning to wrap up with only a handful of major events left before the end of the year, and already we cannot wait for 2018.
At the moment the only confirmed act we know of is Beyoncé at Coachella (hand-to-heart, if this isn’t enough to get you going, I just don’t know what will), but you guys, there is going to be so much more for us to look forward to over the course of the next year. We don’t even need to see a playbill to be sure of that. Honestly.
This year has already seen some big bands drop some highly anticipated albums (LCD Soundsystem, Broken Social Scene, and Nine Inch Nails, anyone?), while other artists are simply having incredible years with no end in sight (Solange, Chance the Rapper, and J. Cole to start), and this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more scheduled for release by the end of the year, it’s actually a bit overwhelming. But it can mean only one thing for 2018: amazing festival lineups.
Sorry, make that two things: amazing lineups and incredibly fast ticket sales.
Now, Queen B aside, here are some predictions for next year’s festival headliners.
With one of the three coveted headlines already taken, here are some odds and predictions for who will snag the remaining two:
Chance is having what is quite possibly the greatest year of his life. The blessings just keep falling into the young rapper’s lap, with all the awards, collaborations and sold out tour dates. He is no stranger to the Coachella scene, and after headlining at the Sasquatch music festival earlier this year, there is a good chance he’ll get a promotion in 2018. (No pun intended. Really.)
Fans have been waiting for another Coachella appearance from the band since 2005 and festival organizers do have a fondness for rock nostalgia. With the release of their latest album, could 2018 be the year to break the 12 year absentee streak? They fit the bill and the show would most definitely become one for the books.
It would be an unbelievable show. Enough said.
The super-group is back after a long and indefinite hiatus, which is fantastic news for music lovers everywhere because the new album is so good. They recently played another Goldenvoice festival (the same organizers as Coachella) but as a third-line act, so a jump to headliner might be a stretch.
It seems like J. Cole’s name is on everyone’s lips these days. His last two albums have gone platinum, he’s playing sold out shows, and his current 4 Your Eyez Only tour will be wrapped up well before the festival is slated to begin. Coachella seems like a pretty natural fit for Cole, but as a headliner in 2018? We will see.
It would be pretty incredible for the Knowles sisters to share headline status in the same year, at the same festival, but perhaps a little too incredible to be realistic. Solange has never performed at Coachella (though she has attended in years past), and although her career is blowing up in a great way right now, it isn’t likely that 2018 will be her headlining year.
Some of our odds and predicted headlining acts for the 2018 Bonnaroo Music Festival are:
Bonnaroo is known for paying homage to its folk rock, jam band roots. Fleetwood Mac are embarking on a “farewell tour” (quotation marks due to my personal refusal to admit this is truly farewell) with a massive 120-date tour across the globe. Dates for 2018 haven’t been posted yet, but Tennessee sounds like a fantastic place to start.
With his new album just dropped, a tour about to begin and another moniker re-brand under his belt (we are back to the hyphen, and going with all caps for now!) we can expect to see a lot of JAY-Z in the coming year. Not to mention, he recently signed a massive deal with Live Nation (who just so happened to take a controlling stake in the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival a few years ago) that seems to focus largely on live music.
Dave Grohl wants us to know there are still rock n’ roll albums to be made. The band’s ninth studio album is scheduled for release in September this year, followed by a North American tour and a one-day festival, Cal Jam, later in the fall. There is still rock n’ roll to be had, and The Foo Fighters are going to make sure we get to hear it.
Arcade Fire are a festival mainstay. They are mainstream enough to sell tickets as a headlining band, however still manage to fill the requisite indie-rock spot on the playbill. It is highly unlikely they will return to Coachella next year (their tour dates conflict), meaning they are wide open for the ‘Roo.
With an album release set for September this year, The Killers could find themselves back on main stage at the ‘Roo. They played back in 2015, and as a contemporary rock band, the Bonnaroo vibe is one I can see them settling into once more.
Truthfully, chances are slim. Being embroiled in a legal battle does not leave one with a ton of time to plan a music festival, let alone to essentially build a small city from the ground up for said festival. If convicted of the charges and allegations against him, this debacle could lead to serious jail time for McFarland. At the moment, Ja Rule (real name: Jeffrey Atkins) is not under arrest, but does face lawsuits alongside Mr. McFarland.
However, it’s not as though they are doing any of this alone, so on the off chance Ja Rule and McFarland get this off the ground, here are our predictions for who would agree to sign on to perform:
He has to, right? Unless he is, ahem, otherwise detained.
These guys are killer at collaborations, which is the only reason they’re sitting this high up. Perhaps a collaborative effort between Ja Rule, McFarland and the Chainsmokers will be exactly what it takes to fan these flames into fire. Or, should I say Fyre?
The band was previously slated to perform in 2017, but drew out of the festival stating they were not “confident that [they] would have what [they] need” to perform well. It does not seem likely that they will sign on again.
Seeing one of the biggest names in electronic music perform on a beach somewhere tropical sounds like a dream. Which it is, because it’s likely too good to be true in this instance.
Photos: Carl Nenzén Lovén, Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nenzen/13931677693);
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