Super Bowl LIII halftime show: Who will be playing?

It’s the biggest gig on earth, honestly. The NFL’s championship game is usually the most-watched music performance of any given year and in 2018’s edition 106.6 million people tuned in to watch Justin Timberlake return to the hallowed turf.

Super Bowl LIII will likely pull similarly huge figures and there’s plenty of chatter flying around about who’s playing and what will go down. Here’s everything you need to know about the big gig.

When is Super Bowl LIII?

The game/gig will take place On February 3, 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

When is the Super Bowl LIII half-time show?

The game will kick-off at approximately 18:30 ET in the US, so for UK viewers, expect the halftime show to take place just before 01:00am. This all depends on the speed of the game, so worth tuning in from 00:30am just in case things move quickly.

Who will be performing at the Super Bowl LII halftime show?

Maroon 5 are thought to have been booked to headline the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. This was reported initially by Variety in September, though no official announcement has been made.

They were not the only people offered the show, as several artists have reportedly turned down the chance to take the slot. Rihanna reportedly declined to play in support of Colin Kaepernick. The athlete was one of the more prominent names to kneel during the national anthem during recent seasons in protest against the disproportionate use of police violence against people of colour. As a result, he has been blacklisted by the league and has not played a professional game in several years.

US pop star P!NK also reportedly turned down the opportunity to headline the show, when lengthy negotiations between the musician and the NFL broke down.

Several names have been rumoured to headline the show in previous years. Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl has said that they’ve been offered the gig “multiple times”, but are yet to accept. The Chainsmokers were also rumoured to be playing Super Bowl LIII due to their previous commercial partnerships with Pepsi, the sponsor of the show.

Will there be any guests for the Super Bowl LIII halftime show?

Cardi B has been rumoured to be joining Maroon 5 on the stage due to their collaboration on ‘Girls Like You’, but is reported to be holding out until a solo set during the show is confirmed.

Maroon 5 have also previously collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Gwen Stefani and more, so they could be offered a slot too.

What are the big controversies?

Actor Amy Schumer recently called on Adam Levine and Maroon 5 to withdraw from the show to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. She also announced that she will not be taking part in any adverts during the Super Bowl.

Who has played the Super Bowl halftime show before?

It basically reads as a Who’s Who of music history. Prince, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones and more have all performed at the show in the last decade.

Not all have gone to plan, though. Katy Perry’s show was remembered for the disastrous ‘Left-Shark’ dancing, while Janet Jackson’s appearance in 2003 sparked considerable controversy when the singer’s nipple was accidentally exposed by Justin Timberlake during her performance. There were rumours that she would rejoin the singer at his show this year, but she eventually denied that.