Dave Chappelle Is Headlining The Country’s Largest Music Festival This Year

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Dave Chappelle Is Headlining The Country's Largest Music Festival This Year
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Dave Chappelle is headlining Summerfest 2021, a multi-day music festival in Milwaukee.

Dave Chappelle will be the first comedian to ever headline Summerfest‘s main stage when the Milwaukee music festival makes its return in September. Known as the country’s largest music festival, Summerfest is traditionally an 11-day event that takes place from late June to early July, but will serve as a nine-day event that takes place during the first half of September.

The comedian will headline the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on September 11. Tickets go on sale at noon June 11 at ticketmaster.com. The amphitheater is the festival’s biggest stage. He is the only comedian that will be headlining the festival, with musical acts Chance the Rapper and Megan Thee Stallion also performing at the amphitheater, too.

Although Chappelle is the first comedian to headline the amphitheater, he isn’t the first comedian to headline Summerfest. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, Bob Hope was one of the festival’s first big headliners when he performed in 1969 at Milwaukee’s County Stadium (before the festival set up shop at Henry Maier Festival Park). George Carlin also performed at the festival as an opener in 1972, and was arrested for performing his “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television” bit.

Once dubbed “The World’s Largest Music Festival” (the Guinness World Records gave the festival the title in 1999) Summerfest is now often referred as the United States’ largest music festival, for the amount of people that attend it (over 700,00 attended it in 2019).

Aside from this, Chappelle is also debuting a documentary about his socially-distance cornfield concerts at this year’s Tribeca Festival, as well as releasing his 8:46 special on vinyl.

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