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A headliner is someone who headlines (English headlines makes). According to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary , the expression has been attested in English since 1896.

In music jargon today, the term mostly describes a "best known" artist, presumed by the audience from the organizer's point of view, among those who appear as musicians or bands at a concert or music festival , or as a DJ in a club . The term comes from the fact that these artists or groups are usually called bold on posters in order to attract as many viewers as possible. As a rule, a headliner plays at the end of the concert and receives the longest playing time. Bands performing before the headliner, is called sliver or opening acts (English supporting act ).

Individual evidence

  1. headliner at merriam-webster.com (English)