Kanye West, Britney Spears, Kid Rock Headline Milwaukee Summerfest
Summerfest considers itself to be the largest music festival in the world. Back in 1999 they even got Guiness to certify that for them. The 11 day event based in Milwaukee, WI features 11 stages and more than 700 acts. Announcing the massive festival’s lineup is a multiple month process that started last winter and wrapped up on June 2 when they announced the final headliner for this year’s festival. Jason Mraz gets the honor. Other world renowned acts scheduled to perform at the 2011 festival include The Black Keys with Florence & the Machine, Britney Spears with Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry with Marina and the Diamonds, Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow, Peter Gabriel with the New Blood Orchestra and Kanye West with Kid Cudi. They will all be headlining between June 29 and July 10 at Marcus Amphitheater.
An equally eclectic mixture of mainstream alternative, hip hop and indie acts will be featured at the remaining 10 stages, which are located in the Henry Maier Festival Park near the amphitheater. Notables include Wiz Khalifa, Stephen Marley, Taking Back Sunday, Rise Against, 311, Paul Rodgers, Matisyahu, Meat Loaf, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Hall & Oates, Dropkick Murphys, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper and Girl Talk.
Also performing are AWOLNATION, Civil Twilight, Funeral Party, Nicole Atkins, Old 97s, The Airborne Toxic Event, Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, Young the Giant, Alkaline Trio, Wanda Jackson, The Jayhawks, The Wailers, De La Soul, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Amos Lee, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes.
For the parents there is Blue Oyster Cult, Buddy Guy, Kansas, Peter Frampton, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Def Leppard with Heart.
For the 15 year olds at heart there is Finger Eleven, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eyed Blind.
The complete lineup and breakdown day by day can be found at summerfest.com
Tickets for the headlining shows at Marcus Amphitheater can be purchased individually from Ticketmaster. Also available through Ticketmaster are general admissions pass that allow access to the remaining stages. They come in configurations of weekday ($6), 3 day ($33) and 1 day ($13).