The headliners of 2020: an overview of the biggest rumours

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Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage next year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. Who will we see headlining European festivals in 2020? Here is a summary of the main rumours (in random order).

The Killers

The Killers will return to Europe in 2020. After their headline performance at Glastonbury 2019, the glamorous indie rockers are doing a UK & Ireland tour in early June. In early July, the Las Vegas band will play Mad Cool and Bilbao BBK Live in Spain. The question is only at which festivals we will be singing ‘Mr. Brightside’ next summer.

Guns N’ Roses

Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses have been announced for the South American Lollapalooza festivals in spring 2020. Quite often, this means a band will travel to Europe afterwards. The last time Guns N’ Roses came to Europe, during the Not in This Lifetime Tour in 2018, they performed at a few festivals, including Graspop and Download, but other major events like Mad Cool or Pinkpop missed an opportunity to get them. It would not be unreasonable to think about GNR for 2020.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala did more than a few festival performances this year, including big headline slots at Coachella and Lollapalooza, as well as Pukkelpop and Lowlands, amongst others. When booking Kevin Parker’s band, these festivals surely thought they would have new music by now. However, the album will only be released in February 2020. Another round of festivals is certain, with London’s All Points East already confirmed.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s last European festival tour dates to 2017. Now, the Canadian artist has been teasing an upcoming album on Twitter. Depending on when this will be finished, we can certainly expect him to return to Europe in 2020.

The Strokes

The Strokes

In a recent interview, The Strokes confirmed that new music is coming. Of course, the indie rock legends would not release a new album without promoting it at festivals. In fact, they are announced for the South American Lollapaloozas. Even though they already did shows at Bilbao BBK and All Points East this summer, they can easily headline a few European festivals in 2020.


The last time AC/DC played in Europe was in 2016 during the Rock or Bust tour. One year later, singer Brian Johnson had to leave the band due to hearing problems. He was replaced for the rest of the tour by Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose. Johnson seems to be back in the band now. What’s more: he allegedly told metal band Terrorizer that he will sing again on AC/DC’s new album. Will they also go on tour again?


Metallica are a difficult case. On the one hand, the Americans recently cancelled their shows in Australia and New Zealand. On the other hand, this did not stop them from revealing a series of special American festival shows for 2020. All these performances are in May or late summer, so there is plenty of space for the European festival season. We can’t wait to know their next tour dates.

Travis Scott

travis scott

Travis Scott already had a lot of festival appearances in Europe this year, including Roskilde, Open’er and more. Now it seems like Travis will prolong his “Wish You Were Here” tour in 2020, as he is confirmed to perform at the South American Lollapaloozas. Will he also come back to Europe?

When will we find out?

To see if any of these rumours are correct, we can do nothing but wait. Follow Festileaks on Facebook, and we will keep you posted. In the meantime, check out our other rumour overviews for specific festivals: