Summerfest considers itself the world’s largest music festival — they even had Guinness certify that fact for them back in ’99. Spanning 11 days, the Milwaukee, WI-based shindig features over 700 acts playing across 11 stages. And when it comes to revealing the lineup for this massive beast, it proves a multi-month process that began last winter and ended today with the announcement for the festival’s final headliner — that honor goes to Jason Mraz. As for the other world-famous acts set to play in 2011? Kanye West (w/ Kid Cudi), Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestrea, Kid Rock (w/ Sheryl Crow), Katy Perry (w/ Marina and the Diamonds), Britney Spears (w/ Nicki Minaj), and The Black Keys (w/ Florence & the Machine) will all headline the Marcus Ampitheater between June 29th and July 10th.
The other 10 stages, which are placed near the amphitheater in Henry Maier Festival Park, will feature an equally eclectic mix of indie, hip hop, alternative, and mainstream acts. Among the notables are Girl Talk, Ben Harper, The Flaming Lips, Dropkick Murphys, Hall & Oates, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Meat Loaf, Matisyahu, Paul Rodgers, 311, Rise Against, Taking Back Sunday, Stephen Marley, and Wiz Khalifa.
Also playing are Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Amos Lee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, De La Soul, The Wailers, The Jayhawks, Wanda Jackson, Alkaline Trio, Young the Giant, Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, The Airborne Toxic Event, Old 97s, Nicole Atkins, Funeral Party, Civil Twilight, and AWOLNATION.
And for your parents: Def Leppard w/ Heart (on the main stage), Styx, REO Speedwagon, Peter Frampton, Kansas, Buddy Guy, and Blue Oyster Cult will also be appearing.
And for your 15-year-old self: Third Eyed Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, Switchfoot, and Finger Eleven will all be playing.
You can view the complete lineup as well as the day-by-day breakdown at the festival’s website.
Tickets for the Marcus Ampitheater headlining shows are sold individually via Ticketmaster. General admission passes, which allow access to all the other stages, are also available via Ticketmaster in 1-day ($13.00), 3-day ($33.00), and weekday ($6.00) configurations.