Pinkpop 2021: an overview of the biggest rumours

Pinkpop Kalm Aan Laan
Pinkpop 2017 | Photo: Bart Heemskerk

Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage this year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. In this article, we ask ourselves: who will we see at Pinkpop 2021?

After a long summer without festivals in 2020, there is even more excitement for 2021. The Pinkpop organisation announced the festival’s cancellation in April. And even though there are still months before Pinkpop 2021 opens its doors again, they already announced the first headliner. Who will join Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Dutch festival?

This is the list of the main rumours (in random order).

Headliners of Pinkpop 2020

red hot chili peppers
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We can safely assume that Pinkpop’s first priority is to move its 2020 line-up to next year. Therefore, the biggest rumours are the artists who were supposed to headline this year’s edition. Red Hot Chili Peppers already rescheduled a part of their tour and confirmed their return to the Dutch festival. However, we are still waiting for news from Post Malone and Guns N’ Roses.


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Metallica like to plan ahead. Already in August 2019, rumours started circulating about a European tour in 2021. Almost as usual, it was French radio DJ Francis Zégut who posted about it. Most of the American metal titans’ 2020 shows have now been cancelled or postponed, but next summer still remains open. Will Metallica return to Pinkpop for the first time since 2014?

Arctic Monkeys

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Arctic Monkeys have been very quiet since they finished the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino tour in 2019. However, rumours are now circulating about possible homecoming shows in Sheffield in 2021. Locals have spotted a licence notice for 4 to 6 June at Hillsborough Park. These early summer dates could very well be the start of a bigger Arctic Monkeys tour. Will they return to Landgraaf after seven years?



Normally, a new Coldplay album would be followed by a tour around Europe. However, after the release of Everyday Life in November 2019, the English band announced they would only consider touring when this is possible in a climate-friendly way. On the Belgian radio, frontman Chris Martin confirmed that they expect this to take at least 18 months. This means 2021 would be a great year for their second appearance at Pinkpop!


Eminem was already supposed to headline Pinkpop’s Sunday in 2019, but he unfortunately had to cancel. Then, the rapper was a strong rumour for 2020. After releasing a surprise album in January, there were many reasons why we hoped a tour would follow. With the coronavirus pandemic preventing all shows this year, we will never find out if the superstar meant to come back this summer. However, it is very much possible that Eminem will announce a series of festivals for 2021 instead.


Muse 2018
Photo: Patrick McPheron

In a recent interview with NME, Matt Bellamy spoke about the band’s future plans. The Muse frontman confirmed that they are likely to start recording a new record in 2021. Depending on the coronavirus restrictions, the English rockers will then start touring again. The question is whether this will be next summer, or the year after.

Pinkpop 2021

Die Antwoord - Pinkpop 2019
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Pinkpop took place for the first time in 1970, making it one of the oldest annual music festivals in the world. The Dutch festival often boasts impressive line-ups. In the past decade, headliners included Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Muse, Paul McCartney, and The Rolling Stones. Pinkpop covers a variety of music genres from indie, rock, and metal to pop, hip hop, and dance.