Don’t Miss These Most Anticipated Tours Of 2018
Spring and summer are prime time for concerts, but let’s be real: none of us have an unlimited budget. Those $15 stadium beers, band tees, tickets, and fees don’t pay for themselves. Luckily, we’ve picked a few of the most-anticipated tours of 2018, so you don’t have to worry about catching FOMO after you realize all of your friends went to the Jawbreaker reunion without you (Seriously, guys. Why?).
From pop icons like Britney Spears and Taylor Swift to punk favorites like Pedro the Lion and Against Me!, you won’t want to miss a single second of these epic shows.
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Taylor Swift released her monumental album Reputation in November 2017. It’s no surprise that an artist with one of the biggest albums on the planet would also have one of the biggest, most-anticipated world tours.
Swifty’s tours are an undeniable experience, usually including a revolving cast of guest stars from esteem acts like the Haim sisters to Lisa Kudrow, who performed Phoebe Buffay’s iconic song “Smelly Cat” on the songstresses’ previous run. This time, ticket sales are admittedly a little low, but it’s only because the artist partnered with Ticketmaster to offer a unique (and sort of confusing) way to obtain tickets – the more merch you buy, the better chance you have to get the best seats in the house. Either way, this tour is going to be one for the books.
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We know you’re still missing One Direction, but Harry Styles is the next best thing, right? The boy bander-turned-solo artist is headed out again in an arena-sized version of his 2017 tour. Like you’d expect from a star as massive as styles, every single date already sold out – and this is just his solo debut. He’s only getting started. Thankfully, they’ve managed to release additional seats for each show.
Styles has tapped Kasey Musgraves for support on this leg of the tour. The singer recently released Golden Hour, which very well might be the most emotional album of 2018. Make sure you bring some tissues.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
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The undeniable king and queen of hip-hop are notoriously tight-lipped. Bey has managed to drop surprise albums without even a hint of suspicion, but this time around, things didn’t go as planned. The pair accidentally leaked some of the dates for their “On The Run 2” tour before an official announcement — and of course, it worked in their favor. As the media swirled with speculation, fans were more excited than ever.
Now that we know the details, Bey and Jay’s follow up to their 2014 co-headliner is undeniably going to be one of the biggest shows of the year. The pair plans to visit 15 cities across the UK and Europe and 21 cities in North America.
Weezer And The Pixies
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In 2018, ’90s alternative rock is alive and well. Weezer is dominating alternative radio with their shimmery, pop-tinged hit “Happy Hour.” The Pixies are back at it with Head Carrier (albeit without Kim Deal, which is a huge loss). It only makes sense the groups join forces for one of the most nostalgia-filled tours of summer.
The Wombats are set to open specific dates of the epic 30-day trek that kicks off in June and runs through mid-August. Whether or not Weezer will have released The Black Album, a much-anticipated follow to Pacific Dreamer, remains up for debate.
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2017 was Halsey’s year. She managed to break out of the underground and into mainstream radio with “Bad at Love,” and her collaboration with the Chainsmokers garnered numerous awards including the Billboard Music Award for Top Collaboration. It’s no surprise that the last leg of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour is one of the most anticipated.
The New York-based songwriter is bringing along a bevy of buzzworthy female talent along for the ride. Kehlani will kick off the shows in Australia and New Zealand, while Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui will take the stage in Latin America. Halsey even offered an opening spot to Jakarta-based singer Niki for the Asia dates.
Kesha and Macklemore
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Our queen Kesha has finally got her groove back. After sexual assault accusations against her disgraced producer Dr. Luke and a grueling legal battle, the singer can finally tour again – and it’s going to be epic. Kesha has tapped Macklemore to co-headline the string of dates which start on June 6. For that reason alone, it’s almost certain the pair will be performing their duet “Good Old Days.”
Kesha’s and Macklemore are both touring in support of their new albums Rainbow and Gemini, respectively. To make the deal even sweeter, the pair will be donating their proceeds to RAINN, an anti-sexual assault organization, and M Plus 1, a social and racial justice organization.
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Okay, so Lorde’s tour is currently underway but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited. The Kiwi singer famously moved back to New Zealand and took a years-long break from music after her critically acclaimed hit “Royals” catapulted her into teenaged fame (the young star admitted that spending all her time in L.A. and New York kind of “[expletive] with you if you’re a kid.”).
Like you’d expect after a mega-star takes a hiatus, her 2017 follow-up, Melodrama, was one of the most-anticipated records of 2017 and landed a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. That’s a whole lot of hype to live up to, but by the looks of it, her North American stadium tour has met every expectation.
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In 2017, 20-year-old Khalid went from playing to 100 people at his first official show to quite literally shutting down the Santa Monica Beach with a packed headliner. Now, with a few mega-collaborations under his belt (with the likes of Marshmello, Calvin Harris, Alessia Cara and Lorde), the breakout singer is a full-fledged star.
Khalid’s signature voice is the hallmark of anything he does and fans admit that his voice is the same live as it is on his records (a rare bit of sunshine in a heavily auto-tuned industry). In May, the singer plans to take his songs to amphitheaters across North America.
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Britney Spears recently ended her critically acclaimed Las Vegas residency. Those of us who haven’t gotten a chance to see the queen of pop perform in the city that never sleeps (no, the other city that never sleeps. You know, the one that actually doesn’t go to bed at all) will finally have their chance. Brit-brit is taking her Piece of Me show on the road around the entire world.
The pop icon is rolling through behemoth venues and casinos across North America including Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and the Borgata in Atlantic City. She’s then skipping over the pond to perform across the UK and Europe, hitting the legendary O2 Arena in London.
The Wonder Years
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Philadelphia-based emo rockers The Wonder Years have announced their North American tour ahead of the release of their sixth studio album Sister Cities. Pop punk fans have been anxiously awaiting a new Wonder Years record since they ended their massive two-year tour supporting No Closer To Heaven. In fact, it was this tour that spurred the collection of songs that would become Sister Cities.
This time around, the Wonder Years have embraced a darker, more mature sound with the same intimate lyrics that paint a delicate portrait of 30-something strife. It’s no surprise that fans are eager to hear how this translates live. Their album could easily come out swinging from the rock clubs they frequent to full-blown arenas.
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If you’re not already obsessed with P!nk’s 2017 album Beautiful Trauma, what are you waiting for? The singer recently celebrated a lot of wins – a fabulously emotional Saturday Night Live performance, a No. 1 record on the Billboard 200 and a booming stadium tour.
For support, the singer has tapped Fun band member-turned-Taylor Swift producer Jack Antonoff. His project Bleachers is as innovative as it is infectious and his performance will undoubtedly be one for the books. Though the tour has started, there are still a few dates left including two nights at the legendary Madison Square Garden.
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Is there a person on the planet who doesn’t love Ed Sheeran? The singer manages to make his performance feel like you’re hanging out with your childhood bestie, it just so happens that your bestie is standing on stage in a massive stadium.
After a huge Grammy win and surprise engagement, Sheeran is seemingly on top the world. His stadium tour kicked off in early March, but won’t be headed to North America until August. Seriously, watching Sheeran noodle around on his custom-made loop pedal is mystifying. How does he make that one-man-band thing work so well?
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Can Justin Timberlake follow up his epic Super Bowl performance? We’re certainly going to find out. The veteran pop singer plans to tour across North America in support of his new album Man of the Woods.
Out of the Woods sees a new side of Timberlake – one where his patented pop sheen is accented by a slight country twang (he allegedly wrote the tracks in the Tennessee Wilderness). Though Timberlake’s tour recently kicked off in Toronto, it will continue through the end of May. Let’s be real, this isn’t an NSYNC reunion, but we’ll take what we can get.
Pedro The Lion
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In 2005, David Bazan called it quits with his band in order to focus on solo material. His cult act, Pedro the Lion, was considered widely influential and one of the staples on Jade Tree records which was known for releases by legendary emo and hardcore acts like The Promise Ring and Lifetime. For 11 years, fans mourned their loss.
In 2017, the 41-year-old songwriter announced a reunion tour with three-month-long legs in February, May, and April. The band will likely test out new material and fans are itching to hear what’s been going on for Bazan since a decade prior.
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Jawbreaker is one of those cult bands who saw more success after they called it quits than they did when they were actually a band. Weirdly enough, the highly influential punk act never officially broke up but were notoriously adamant in the fact that they’d never reunite. It was so ubiquitous that they even spurned the parody band name “Jawbreaker Reunion.”
Fast forward to 2018, and the world is weird enough that anything can happen – even a Jawbreaker reunion tour. The act made a triumphant return at Riot Fest, which was met with such praise that they announced a string of headlining dates and brought along Waxahatchee and Charly Bliss. These up-and-comers embrace the DIY heart that Jawbreaker was founded on.
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In early May, Paramore released their highly-anticipated follow up to 2013’s self-titled album, which saw the group’s first Grammy win. This album came after the departure of longtime bassist Jeremy Davis; however, the Nashville-based act has a knack for reinvention. After Laughter didn’t disappoint in the least and was named one of Rolling Stone’s best albums of 2017 (some could argue the best album of 2017).
Paramore kicked off their glitter and tear-soaked After Laughter tour later that year which delivered a bevy of energy-fueled. emotional performances (which is pretty much the band’s personal brand). After Parahoy, the outfit’s annual cruise, they plan to take their positive vibes on the road with Foster the People. Expect sunshine, hair flips and lots of ’80s-style synth.
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When was the last time you heard about Pearl Jam? You probably haven’t really noticed, but the truth is this rock band has gone from grunge-staples to full-on classics. They’re arguably one of the best performing rock bands on the planet and they’ve got their decades-long career as a testament.
In 2018, the Seattle-based outfit is back (albeit with some grey hairs but the same mind-blowing passion). They haven’t yet announced any dates in North America, but the rest of the world is in luck – they’re hitting major cities throughout South America and Europe. For those of us states-side, we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for some flight deals.
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In 2016, Ozzy Osbourne embarked on Black Sabbath’s final tour, closing the book on one of metal’s most legendary bands. It’s hard to admit that at a certain point we all get a bit too old to bite the heads off of live bats, right? This year, the singer looks to end the chapter on world touring in general. He announced his final string of dates starting with some North American festival appearances in late April.
Though Osbourne admitted that he’ll still play some dates here and there, this is the last distinct chance for fans to ensure they’ll get to see the icon.
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Laura Jane Grace is unstoppable. In 2016, the Against Me! frontwoman released (a really good) memoir titled Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. The emotional book chronicled her music career and gender dysphoria through a series of narratives and real-life journal entries. That same year, Against Me! dropped their seventh LP Shape Shift with Me and embarked on a string of support dates with Green Day along with a 39-date headlining tour. But that was then and this now. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the next thing.
In early 2018, Against Me announced that they’re hitting the road again with a string of dates on the West Coast before heading to Punk Rock Bowling. Chris Farren is set to kick off select dates with his quirky brand of synth-tinged pop-punk (and anyone who’s ever caught a Farren set knows it’s something not to be missed, especially in these larger venues).
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If you’re a fan of country, you’re not going to want to skip this one out. Country star Luke Bryan is taking a pause from American Idol and heading out on a summer tour across America, which stops at iconic venues like Dodgers Stadium and Wrigley Field. It’s not every day someone can fill two nights at Fenway Park, but Bryan is a bonafide star whose sixth studio album What Makes You Country hit stores in December.
Though the run is undeniably epic with dates spanning across the summer and fall, Bryan isn’t going all by his lonesome. The “What Makes you Country Tour” has an all-star lineup including Sam Hunt, whose hit “Body Like a Backroad” managed to cross-over from country radio into the top 40.