Machine Gun Kelly, with Avril Lavigne, headlining Summerfest 2022

After quickly selling out the Rave’s 3,500-capacity Eagles Ballroom last October, rapper-turned-rocker Machine Gun Kelly is ready for the biggest stage at Summerfest.

He is headlining Milwaukee Summerfest, America’s largest music festival, on July 1. It’s part of a 42-date North American summer tour announced Monday morning that also includes what’s likely a headliner at Lollapalooza on July 29 (the full Chicago festival lineup arrives Tuesday) and wraps up at the stadium. of the Cleveland Browns in Kelly’s hometown on August 13.

Even though he just played in Milwaukee five months ago, Kelly (real name Colson Baker) will have some new music to share. Her second pop-punk album “Mainstream Sellout” — 2020’s Billboard 200 topper “Tickets to My Downfall” was her first — was released on Friday, preceded by singles like “Emo Girl” featuring Willow and “Ay!” with Lil Wayne.

Avril Lavigne — who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her album “Let Go” with signature hit “Complicated,” and who has released a new pop-punk album, “Love Sux” — will open the Summerfest show. Iann Dior, the emo-inspired rapper who teamed up with 24KGoldn on 2020’s hit “Mood,” will also open.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Summerfest Box Office (200 N. Harbor Drive) and Pricing has not been announced but will include general admission to Summerfest on July 1.

This is the sixth amphitheater show announced for Summerfest 2022, which will take place June 23-25; From June 30 to July 2 and from July 7 to 9.

The others: Jason Aldean with Gabby Barrett on June 23; Justin Bieber with Jaden, Harry Hudson and ¿Téo? June 24; Halsey with the Marias and Abby Roberts on July 2; Rod Stewart with Cheap Trick on July 7; and Thomas Rhett with an opener to be announced on July 9.

Bob Babisch, Summerfest’s longtime (and retired) vice president of entertainment, told a board meeting of parent company Milwaukee World Festival Inc. in early March that the headlining lineup 2022 for the field scenes could be announced before the end of the month.

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