The history of Summerfest is chock-full of infamous shows—the time George Carlin got arrested, for example. One of the more recent examples comes from 2013, when bombastic rock band Imagine Dragons played the Miller Lite Oasis stage and 8 trillion people showed up, forcing Summerfest to wave in approximately 5,000 of those people for free. The word “riot” was tossed around a lot. It was kind of scary. And for Imagine Dragons, no less!
The group’s 2018 return to Summerfest was less eventful, but who knows, maybe Imagine Dragons’ just-announced headlining slot at Summerfest 2023—Saturday, July 8 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater—will be another glorious disaster? Never discount the power of a 10-year anniversary, and/or the “Yankovic Bump.”
Exclusive articles, podcasts, and more. Support Milwaukee Record on Patreon.