Editor’s note: This is Round 1 in our 2016 fest rumor round up report. This round of rumors comes from @ATXconcert. Keep up with who to follow on Twitter for fest news with our list of best users to follow. We’re also updating the party calendar daily as event information is released and we’ve been busy RSVPing our users to events – want to sign-up to get on the list for every unofficial party? Sign-up today. The list of official artists keep growing daily with over 1,000 bands and musicians on the list, but this list is more about who hasn’t been announced yet, but might play at the fest. By looking at tour schedules and following artist rumors, @ATXconcert brings you the top guesses for fest additions.
WHO: Fetty Wap is an American hip-hop recording artist from Paterson, New Jersey. He rose to prominence with his 2014 single “Trap Queen”. Post Malone is an American recording artist from Dallas, Texas. He first gained major recognition for his single “White Iverson” in February 2015.
WHY: Fetty Wap announced the ‘Welcome to the Zoo Tour‘, which will take place across the U.S. starting 1/29. It’s his first headlining tour, and he’ll be accompanied by Post Malone and Monty. They are in Dallas on 3/8, Houston on 3/9, New Orleans on 3/11 for BUKU, and in San Antonio on 3/12. They will likely show up in Austin on 3/13 & 3/14.
WHO: Big Gigantic are an instrumental livetronica, hip-hop and jazz musical group based out of Boulder, Colorado. They combine electronic beats with live saxophone and drums instrumentation.
WHY: They are out on the streets hitting the festival circuit. They will most likely show up in Austin after their stop in South Padre Island for the Ultimate Music Experience (UME Fest) on 3/16. They have availability from 3/17-3/24.
WHO: Blessthefall is an American metalcore band from Phoenix, Arizona.
WHY: Blessthefall have announced the “Drop the Gloves” tour, which is set to kick off in February. The Arizona-based metalcore act will bring heavyweights Miss May I with them for direct support along with the Plot in You, Sirens and Sailors and A War Within. They play Mission, TX on 3/16, San Antonio on 3/17, Houston on 3/18 and Grand Prairie on 3/19. They will very likely show up for in Austin on 3/15 for (probably!) an Alternative Press Showcase.
WHO: Big Grams is a new trio with rapper Big Boi and electronic rock duo Phantogram.
WHY: Separately, they are both alumni, and have been to the festival before. So far their tour consists of nothing but festivals. Music week is March 15-20. Big grams have March 15-19 free.
WHO: Joanna Newsom is an American harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, lyricist and actress.
WHY: She is currently out on a world tour in support of her newest album DIVERS. She will be in Ireland on March 3rd, which is her last tour date out of the country. After the Ireland stop, she is completely open for the festival from 3/4-3/25.
WHO: Bryson Tiller is an American singer-songwriter and occasional rapper. His debut studio album, TRAPSOUL, was released on October 2, 2015.
WHY: He is currently out on his TRAPSOUL tour. He hits Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston in early February. He doesn’t have a stop in Austin. His tour wraps up March 12, just in time for the fest.
WHO: Migos is a hip-hop trio from Atlanta, Georgia. They are best known for their hits “Versace”, “Fight Night”, and “One Time”.
WHY: Their tour has them in Charlotte, North Carolina on 3/15. They don’t have anything else on the books until 3/19 in Denver, Colorado.
WHO: Moon Taxi is an American indie-progressive rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee.
WHY: They are currently out on the road with their tour mates, The Congress. The have no stops in Texas and are open all of music week.
WHO: Ben Harper is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music.
WHY: Ben and his ‘Innocent Criminals’ will embark on a national headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand. They will be out of the country from 2/24-3/12, with nothing else scheduled until 4/2. It’s a possibly that they will show up in Austin (before they tour the rest of the US) from 3/13-3/20.