The NCAA announced alternative rockers Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5 will headline this year’s free March Madness Music Festival which is presented by NCAA, Turner Live Events, and official NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Coca-Cola, and Capital One. The annual three-day music extravaganza is being held this year in San Antonio at Hemisfair, where the men’s Final Four is also being held.
The festival will run this year from March 30 through April 1. Both bands will be making a return trip to March Madness, as Imagine Dragons performed at the event in 2015 and Maroon 5 in 2016. Imagine Dragons will take the stage on Saturday, March 31 and Maroon 5 will close out the weekend’s music spectacular on Sunday, April 1. The Grammy-winning bands are the first performers to be announced for the star-studded lineup. More acts are still TBA.
The free March Madness Festival has drawn crowds of over 150,000 fans each year and has hosted some of the biggest acts in music history. Kendrick Lamar, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Lukas Graham, and The Chainsmokers are just some of the global superstars who have hit the March Madness stage in prior years. U2 is featured in a 2018 March Madness video clip performing “American Soul” from their 2017 album, Songs of Experience. (Watch it in the clip above).The main event will livestream via ncaa.com, on YouTube via the official NCAA March Madness channel and bleacherreport.com.
Maroon 5 is touring this year to support their latest album, Red Pill Blues, beginning in Tacoma, Washington on May.30, including a stop at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Sept. 11. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS).
Imagine Dragons is also slated to perform at another sporting event weekend by appearing at the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction weekend in Frisco, Texas in October. The Las Vegas native band is also touring to support their Grammy-nominated album, Evolve, on the Evolve World Tour, with recently-announced U.S. summer tour dates, which include a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on July 16. “America’s Got Talent” season 11 winner and New York native indie-folk artist Grace VanderWaal will open for Imagine Dragons at the show. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS).