Rumors have been swirling for months about which big names will be hitting the festival circuit in 2013 - and while most center around mondo-fests


The Top 10 Summer Festival Rumors


Rumors have been swirling for months about which big names will be hitting the festival circuit in 2013 - and while most center around mondo-fests Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo we can't help but feel a bit of excitement that some major names might, actually, potentially come through the Northwest. Sure, it's unlikely that Mick and Keith will be stopping by Seattle any time soon - or that legendary hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan will choose Sasquatch to mark 20 years. But Soundgarden's back. And while they've yet to announce any festival involvement, that's definitely something we can get behind. Here's our roundup of the Top 10 Festival Headliner Rumors for 2013 (because, even we can dream):

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Big Boi

The more visible half of Outkast dropped his sophomore solo release at the end of 2012, and it's really freaking playable. In addition to featuring a bunch of heavy hitters (Ludacris, T.I., Kid Cudi), Big Boi pulled in festival favorites Phantogram and Little Dragon on a handful of cuts. The entire album is just asking to be brought to the stage - and a headlining spot at a festival is exactly the locale to do it.

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The eccentric Icelandic songstress and her social media-driven music campaign has been generating quite the buzz amongst industry peeps. Plus, she hasn't played a major festival in the U.S. since headlining Coachella in 2007, and her most recent release, Biophilia, is nominated for two Grammy awards.


Since reuniting in 2008 the Brit-pop act has played a number of European festivals, dropped by the 2012 Summer Olympics and released a handful of new singles - but they've yet to play a major fest stateside. With new music on deck and headlining spots locked in at Belgium's Rock Werchter as well as the Spanish and Portuguese dates of the Primavera Sound Festival, a 2013 festival run is looking good.

Daft Punk

The French electro-pop duo have been making the top of wishlists since their unforgettable set at Coachella 2006, but no confirmation from the Daft Punk camp has been made. Also fueling the flame are hints from Nile Rodgers - whose been rumored to be working on an electro-funk collaboration with the duo for some time. Most recently, Rodgers posted a Photoshopped image of himself and Daft Punk with the tagline "2013 Won't Be Boring!" Promises, promises.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Touring in support of their soon-to-be released fifteenth studio album, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are already scheduled to play a handful of show on the West Coast this spring, so it's likely that that make a tour of it. The man's proved he's got staying power and mass appeal. Also, if you don't start to weep every time you hear "O Children," you might not have a soul.

Queens of the Stone Age

They might not be the first act that comes to mind when considering headliners, but with new material promised in 2013, anticipation is at an all-time high. Adding to the hype is the return of Dave Grohl behind the kit, a Foo Fighters hiatus and the expectation that these new tunes could be their best. Simply put, Grohl + QOTSA = good things.

Rolling Stones

The veteran rockers, who recently played a series of 50th Anniversary shows and stopped by the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy Relief concert, have yet to confirm a festival appearance - but a headlining spot at Coachella seems pretty likely. In addition to just making sense, the band accidentally leaked information on their official iPhone app that they'll be in Indio in April, and Goldenvoice all but confirmed the rumor when they posted a picture of a round rock - or "rolling stone" - sitting on the polo grounds earlier this week. Mick's leather pants - your play.


The Seattle-based act released King Animal - their first full length since reuniting in 2010 - last fall, but have yet to announce any tour dates past Jan. 29. Even so, we really, really hope they play some festivals this year - and we're also crossing our fingers they co-headline Sasquatch, alongside the "reunited" Nirvana and Pearl Jam (for good measure). We understand the chances of that trifecta occurring, is like, too much to handle - but that would be freaking awesome.

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Wu-Tang Clan

Though highly unlikely, it's been suggested the legendary hip-hop collective might play some festivals in advance of their 20-year reunion (November 2013) a-la the Dogg Pound's one-off at Coachella last year. Also fueling the rumor mill is the suggestion that a new album is in the works - but that too, has recently been shot down by Wu-Tang members GZA and Raekwon. Still, we'd pay to see them perform "C.R.E.A.M," (but only if Hologram Ol' Dirty Bastard makes an appearance).

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

It's been nearly four years since the New York-based art-punk act released the celebrated It's Blitz! but they've been at work on the the follow-up since early 2011. The expected spring release is perfect timing for road-testing the new tracks - and an "accidental peek" at this year's lineup (courtesy of Songkick) has us all wondering if the 2013 festival season will mark their big return.

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