Lady Gaga, The Strokes, Maggie Rogers, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, and Chance the Rapper are all solid possibilities for who will be getting top billing when the organizers of Outside Lands drop the full lineup Tuesday.
It happens every year: The internet's music-minded sleuths deduce who the biggest acts are likely to be at San Francisco's often chilly August music fest Outside Lands (August 9-11), based on touring schedules and who's star is on the rise.
And we already know who the legacy act, likely headlining on Sunday, will be: Paul Simon, as announced last week.
Topping the lists of other headliner guesses on this Reddit thread in recent weeks are Gaga and The Strokes — fresh off her Best Original Song Oscar win, Lady Gaga has a June residency planned in Las Vegas but then a big gap in her schedule between mid-June and late October, when she returns to Vegas; and The Strokes are kicking off a tour in May with a stop planned at Lollapalooza in Chicago (August 1-4), and then nothing on their schedule between that and a September 27 show at Ohana 2019 in Dana Point.
Rapidly rising pop star Maggie Rogers, meanwhile, is on tour all summer, and she has a conspicuous gap in her concert schedule between August 4 and August 16. She played at Outside Lands two years ago, and she'll also be playing the Fox in Oakland on April 19 during "Fauxchella" week in the Bay Area.
Similarly, Childish Gambino is on the summer festival circuit, already scheduled to hit Bonaroo and Lollapalooza with nothing else on his schedule after that.
As for the rest of the guesses that Redditors have, they are, in no particular order:
Chance the Rapper
Tyler the Creator
Death Cab For Cutie
Sharon Van Etten
Band of Horses
Walk the Moon
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The full (and actual) lineup for Outside Lands drops tomorrow, March 26, and tickets will likely go on public sale later this week. Stay tuned.
Previously: Paul Simon Will Headline This Year's Outside Lands [SFist]