Summerfest in Milwaukee adds more than 30 headliners to lineup, reveals full 2021 schedule

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It turns out when Summerfest revealed about 100 headliners for 2021 in May, they were just getting started.

In subsequent weeks, the largest music festival in the United States has added Megan Thee Stallion, Dave Chappelle, Twenty One Pilots, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and more to the lineup.

Now the Milwaukee-based music festival — taking place Sept. 1 to 4, 8 to 11 and 15 to 18 — has unveiled more than 30 new headliners, and released the complete schedule Tuesday.

Among the new additions: reggae artist Shaggy; singer-songwriter Yola; pop artist Betty Who; rapper (and Chance The Rapper’s brother) Taylor Bennett; rock bands Falling in Reverse and Manchester Orchestra; and a comedy show headlined by Michael Winslow from “Police Academy.”

There also are multiple new headliners from or based in Milwaukee, including R&B artist Grace Weber; country musician Nora Collins; singer and rapper Klassik; and Beatles and Metallica mash-up band Beatallica.

Nevertheless, Summerfest still isn't done announcing headliners for 2021. Liz Phair last week canceled her fall tour plans, and a Summerfest headlining spot on Sept. 16 that has yet to be filled, and two more closing-night headliners, on the Uline Warehouse and Miller Lite Oasis stages, have yet to be announced.

General-admission tickets ($23 per adult) are available at summerfest.com. Multi-day general-admission passes are $57 (three days), $75 (six days) and $100 (nine days).

Tickets for the amphitheater shows, and for the front five sections of headliner shows for the BMO Harris Pavilion, are priced individually, with prices ranging per concert. Each ticket covers Summerfest general admission on the day of the show or includes a bonus general-admission ticket.

While the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the live music industry — taking tours off the road in March 2020, only to begin returning in larger numbers this summer — at this juncture, Summerfest should largely look and feel like it did in 2019. Social distancing will not be enforced and masks will not be required, Don Smiley, CEO for Summerfest parent company Milwaukee World Festival Inc., confirmed with the Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, last month.

Summerfest this year was postponed to September for the first time to allow more time for the vaccine rollout, after canceling for the first time in its 53-year history in 2020 because of the pandemic.

On Friday, Milwaukee World Festival will host the first huge concert in the city since March 2020, with the Foo Fighters at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. It's also a grand reopening for the 24,000-person-capacity venue, which completed a $51.3 million renovation last year.

Ahead of the show, Milwaukee World Festival is doing a week of promotions it's calling "Live Music at the Lakefront," including buy one, get one tickets available Thursday for Little Big Town at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Aug. 13; and a limited number of $25 tickets (fees and taxes included) for eight Summerfest amphitheater headliners — including the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and Luke Bryan — available beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Summerfest's Latest Headliners

  • Vixen (6 p.m. Sept. 2, BMO Harris Pavilion)

  • Almost Monday (6 p.m. Sept. 2, Generac Power Stage)

  • Unusual Demont (6 p.m. Sept. 2, UScellular Connection Stage)

  • Yola (4 p.m. Sept. 3, BMO Harris Pavilion)

  • Sky McCreery (6 p.m. Sept. 3, BMO Harris Pavilion)

  • Grace Weber (3:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Miller Lite Oasis)

  • Taylor Bennett (5 p.m. Sept. 3, Miller Lite Oasis)

  • DJ Stevie J (6:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Miller Lite Oasis)

  • Falling in Reverse (10 p.m. Sept. 3, Generac Power Stage)

  • Tenille Arts (4 p.m. Sept. 3, UScellular Connection Stage)

  • Cannons (4 p.m. Sept. 4, Miller Lite Oasis)

  • Shaggy (10 p.m. Sept. 4, Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard)

  • Armchair Boogie (3 p.m. Sept. 9, Uline Warehouse)

  • Kentucky Headhunters (4 p.m. Sept. 9, UScellular Connection Stage)

  • Niko Rubio (5:45 p.m. Sept. 9, Generac Power Stage)

  • CalenRaps (4 p.m. Sept. 10, Generac Power Stage)

  • Sophia Messa (6 p.m. Sept. 10, Generac Power Stage)

  • Kids of Comedy with Michael Winslow, Marc Price, Mindy Rickles and Camilla Cleese (6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Uline Warehouse)

  • Betty Who (4 p.m. Sept. 11, BMO Harris Pavilion)

  • Frederic Yonnet (6 p.m. Sept. 11, BMO Harris Pavilion)

  • REYNA (8 p.m. Sept. 11, BMO Harris Pavilion)

  • Iya Terra (6 p.m. Sept. 11, Generac Power Stage)

  • Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (4 p.m. Sept. 11, UScellular Connection Stage)

  • Klassik (6:45 p.m. Sept. 11, Johnson Controls World Sound Stage)

  • Daydream Masi (6 p.m. Sept. 16, Miller Lite Oasis)

  • Reignwolf (8 p.m. Sept. 16, BMO Harris Pavilion)

  • Joan (6 p.m. Sept. 17, Miller Lite Oasis)

  • Nora Collins (6 p.m. Sept. 17, UScellular Connection Stage)

  • Ekoh (6 p.m. Sept. 17, Generac Power Stage)

  • Velvet Starlings (6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Uline Warehouse)

  • 5 Card Studs (8 p.m. Sept. 17, Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard)

  • JEFF the Brotherhood (6 p.m. Sept. 18, Generac Power Stage)

  • Beatallica (8 p.m. Sept. 18, UScellular Connection Stage)

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Summerfest lineup 2021: More than 30 headliners added