Newport Folk Festival 2016 Lineup Predictions

Newport Folk Festival 2016 Lineup Predictions

The best weekend of the year is still 4+ months away, but that won’t stop us here at M&T to speculate on who will be joining what is sure to be an incredible lineup at this year’s Newport Folk Festival. The rolling lineup announcements have begun with some stellar acts already confirmed like Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Fruit Bats, The Staves, Father John Misty, and Ray LaMontagne (accompanied by My Morning Jacket minus Jim James), among others.

Who else will be joining those amazing acts at The Fort this summer? Here are seven predictions and reasons why we think they’ll make an appearance on Narragansett Bay this July.

1. Lucius

With a new album out and an upcoming tour this summer, Lucius would be an obvious choice to join this year’s lineup especially since they were everywhere at The Fort last year (except on the official lineup that is). They are scheduled to be at the WayHome Music Festival in Ontario the same weekend, but we’ve seen plenty of acts double-dip in the past and the ladies of Lucius love Newport too much not to make an appearance.

2. Eryn Allen Kane

A newcomer to the scene in 2015, Kane burst onto the scene after a feature on Prince’s protest song “Baltimore”. With The Purple One on the bandwagon it won’t be long before others start realizing the brilliance of this Chicago-based artist. We featured Kane’s ridiculously impressive track “Have Mercy” on our December 2015 Spotify playlist and each time we listen to both of her EPs, we can’t help but picture her performing on the Quad Stage this summer. Listen to the singalong refrain at the end of “Dead or Alive” and tell me that wouldn’t make for a magical live performance at NFF.

3. My Morning Jacket

Everyone except for Jim will be there already, so why not? Though they sort-of headlined last year along with Roger Waters, wouldn’t it be fitting if they had a chance to finish what they started in 2012 before the rains washed it all away?

4. Jonathan Wilson

Another NFF vet who has promised new music in 2016, Wilson would be a welcome addition to the lineup and one who is sure to join plenty of on-stage collaborations throughout the weekend.

5. 1966 Lineup Reprise

Last year Newport celebrated the 50 year anniversary of Bob Dylan famously going electric with an epic tribute led by Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, and Dawes. Why not keep the gold anniversary streak going and bring back someone from the 1966 lineup this year? A few viable options include Buffy Sainte-Marie, who is already scheduled to make a handful of festival appearances this summer, Tom Rush, who I don’t think has stopped touring since 1966, or Tom Paxton, another legend who tours non-stop. With Newport’s recent track record of facilitating unique performances we wouldn’t be surprised if all three were added to the lineup to perform in a round together either.

6. Frightened Rabbit

This one might be more wishful thinking than a prediction, but who wouldn’t love to see the boys from Scotland at Newport this summer? There’s plenty of overlap between fans of the festival and fans of the band and with a new record due out next month, 2016 seems to be the perfect year to make this booking happen. Plus I can guarantee that everyone at The Fort will fall in love with Scott Hutchison and his hilariously witty and self-deprecating between songs banter. Everybody wins.

7. Bruce Springsteen

Back in 2011 festival producer Jay Sweet told us in an interview, “The fact that Bruce Springsteen has never played a solo acoustic set either is really disheartening.” We also know that Jay reached out to Jack White’s team every year until he finally delivered a powerhouse performance in 2014, so here’s to hoping that Sweet’s persistence pays off in 2016 with The Boss as well. Plus with the impending release of Bruce’s completed solo acoustic record it would seem that all of the stars just might be aligning for Springsteen to make an appearance at the Fort in July.

Posted on by Eric in Newport Folk Festival Spotlight

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