SunFest 2018 has recently joined the ranks of summer festival lineup announcements, leaving attendees with the complicated and exciting choice of picking the acts they will try to catch. Part of what makes this year's SunFest so exciting is the substantial assortment of genres from which to choose, ranging from the latest in alt rock to classic rock, from rap to reggae. With such an eclectic variety to tempt anyone's tastes, we've helped you narrow down your options in this selection of 5 must-see artists.
5. Billy Idol
Veteran rocker Billy Idol is one of the highlights SunFest secured for this year's lineup. Once a staple of the summer music scene, Idol tours more rarely these days, but alongside his backing band is a can't miss act. His prowess endures, and his back catalog from which he can draw is chock full of familiar hits just perfect for the festival setting.
Prominent on the festival circuit in years past, Grouplove is making a much more rare performance at SunFest this year. The eclectic band is always a happy delight on stage, giving each show their all to the very end. SunFest is sure to be no exception. If you can't make it to their set at SunFest, Grouplove will also be performing with The Head and the Heart on May 24 at Pomona's Fox Theater.
One of the newer acts to grace SunFest's stages, lovelytheband have been getting some serious airplay in recent months. The alternative trio hailing from Los Angeles are a great combo of good times and trendiness. If SunFest isn't an option for you, lovelytheband are currently on tour with Vance Joy, and you can catch them together at such dates as the May 11 Charlotte, NC show at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre.
2. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Most well known as Willie Nelson's son, Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real are an exceptional show in their own right. While Willie Nelson is often thought of as country, Lukas Nelson's sound borders more guitar driven rock. Ever since 2015, Nelson has been touring with the members of Neil Young's backing band as his Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are currently out on the road as part of the Stagecoach Spotlight Tour, which will see them performing in Santa Barbara, CA on April 30.
SunFest could not find a better headline performer than 311, the genre-bending group with both a devout following and pop culture status. The set by 311 should be enjoyed by all, resonating familiarity among anyone who lived through the 1990s, or anyone who still listens to the radio today. 311 will also be playing two shows in the Denver metro area, including Red Rocks on April 19 alongside Method Man, and a sold out Ogden Theater event on April 20.