Definition of headliner in English:



  • A performer or act that is promoted as the star attraction on a bill and typically performs last.

    ‘the idea was to place him as an opening act for a headliner in larger venues’
    • ‘They motored their way behind the luxuriant tour buses of the headliners, and thought, privately, that they were living in a dream.’
    • ‘He was a vaudeville headliner of growing stature when he went into radio.’
    • ‘In fact, he's upstaged the headliner a few times.’
    • ‘It gives comedy fans something substantial to chow down on before the headliner hits the stage.’
    • ‘With a limited number of slots on Main Stage, a lot of the musicians seen on side stages would be headliners anywhere else.’
    • ‘The Scissor Sisters will follow Saturday night's headliners, Pet Shop Boys, in what promises to be one of the best events ever arranged by Rob da Bank.’
    • ‘Still, it's not everyday that a rock group performs a concert with an opening act that named themselves after one of the headliner's albums.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, and the irony is that the headliner is supposed to be the main attraction,’ agrees Lawrence.’
    • ‘Many pop and rock headliners have established themselves as good actors, even if they didn't become box office stars in the movies.’
    • ‘If they find out you're planning to up-stage the headliners, they'll zap you double-quick.’
    • ‘But the reason many of the headliners are where they are today is because they presented a different spin on an old concept.’
    • ‘The audience waited for another half an hour or so after the end of the performance of the supporting act, before the headliners of the evening appeared on stage.’
    • ‘The eastern, post-Toronto leg of the tour will feature headliners The Unicorns and regional acts.’
    • ‘You don't even know who the headliner is, and there's no presentation in that.’
    • ‘The headliners tonight need no introduction and the choice of venue seemed to have put them back where they belong.’
    • ‘Contrary to the usual gig fodder of a support act and headliners, these legends of the indie scene have decided to do something different and head out on a joint tour.’
    • ‘The opening acts get more playing time than the headliner?’
    • ‘It's a photograph of all those warm up acts you've grumbled through as you wait for the headliner to take the concert stage.’
    • ‘While the star headliner might tour with the show, smaller parts were often cast city-by-city.’
    • ‘After all that, we finally got to the headliners.’