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5th Annual Land the Big Gig® Offers Bands Their Shot at Fame, Determined by Fans’ Votes

Posted on April 15, 2016

The 5th annual Land the Big Gig® music competition is now accepting submissions, giving the nation’s top musical talents the opportunity to win cash prizes and a chance to perform live before thousands of music fans at Summerfest. Bands, musicians and singer-songwriters may enter the competition by uploading an audio file of an original song to through 11:00 am CDT on Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Presented by Summerfest and TapMilwaukee, Land the Big Gig® culminates in a live performance competition before thousands of Summerfest attendees.

Summerfest Adds Six Additional Headliners To The Summerfest 2016 Lineup

Posted on April 14, 2016

Summerfest officials are excited to announce an additional six headliners that will take the stage at Summerfest 2016. Performance dates, times and stage locations for all of this year’s headliners will be announced in the coming week.

Summerfest Foundation, Inc. Currently Accepting Music Education Grant Applications For 2016

Posted on April 8, 2016

The Summerfest Foundation is excited to announce applications are now being accepted for 2016 Music Education Grants up to $5,000. More information and the application is available at This year’s Music Education Grant cycle will close May 16, 2016. Qualifying applicants must be non-profit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status or K-12 schools located in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Summerfest Announces Paul McCartney To Headline The Marcus Amphitheater On Friday, July 8

Posted on April 6, 2016

Paul McCartney has confirmed that his brand new One On One tour will visit Milwaukee. On July 8, Paul will return to Milwaukee to the Marcus Amphitheater to headline Summerfest. Paul’s debut appearance at the annual event, Summerfest will also mark Paul’s first performance in Milwaukee since the July 16, 2013 performance at Miller Park that drew a capacity crowd and unanimous critical raves.

Summerfest Announces 2016 Grounds Stage Headliners

Posted on March 23, 2016

Summerfest officials are excited to announce over 90 headlining acts that will perform at the 2016 festival. Scheduled performers include Martin Garrix, Willie Nelson, Rise Against, Passion Pit, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Derulo, Ryan Adams and Elle King. Today’s announcement included a promotional video and premiered nationally online at Entertainment Weekly and can be viewed at and News outlets are encouraged to repost and share the announcement video, available on Summerfest’s website and social media outlets.

Summerfest Announces Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes To Headline The Marcus Amphitheater On Saturday, July 2

Posted on March 22, 2016

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials are thrilled to announce the eighth major show of Summerfest 2016. Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes will co-headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Saturday, July 2 with special guest to be announced.

Summerfest Announces Tim McGraw To Headline The Marcus Amphitheater On Sunday, July 3

Posted on March 14, 2016

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials are excited to announce the seventh major show of Summerfest 2016. Tim McGraw will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 3 with Special Guest Kacey Musgraves and Ryan Kinder.

Summerfest Announces Def Leppard To Headline The Marcus Amphitheater On Wednesday, July 6

Posted on February 29, 2016

Def Leppard has just announced that they will return to the road this summer for an extensive tour across North America due to overwhelming demand. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through 55 cities across all parts of the U.S. and Canada. It is set to kick off on May 1st in Orlando, FL and wrap on October 10th in Cedar Rapids, IA. Joining Def Leppard on their rockin’ summer tour are special guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla.

Summerfest Announces Sting and Peter Gabriel To Headline The Marcus Amphitheater On Sunday, July 10

Posted on January 19, 2016

Two of music’s most iconic artists – Sting and Peter Gabriel - will unite this summer for a once in a lifetime concert tour. Rock Paper Scissors, produced by Live Nation Global Touring, will visit select North American cities this June and July

Summerfest Announces Weezer And Panic! At The Disco To Headline The Marcus Amphitheater On Saturday, July 9

Posted on January 15, 2016

Weezer and Panic! At The Disco announced their 40+ city co-headlining tour in support of their respective new albums Weezer (self-titled) and Death Of A Bachelor. The summer 2016 tour will kick off on June 10 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and continue through major markets like Miami, Dallas, Boston and Chicago before concluding in Irvine, CA’s Irvine Meadows Amphitheater on August 6. Indie-alternative artist Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness will be featured as a special guest on the tour. Tickets on sale beginning January 22 via and