Who's On Tour?
Looking to make some memories? There’s nothing like experiencing a live performance by one of the biggest stars in the world with thousands of other people. When musicians sell out arena tours it means they’ve reached a level in their career that the entire world cares about. There are some incredible musicians touring the world right now. These are the ones that people will remember. When you see a teenager two decades from now wearing the very same tee shirt you bought at the show—it’s become vintage by then—you’ll look back and be able to say, “I was there.”
Some major tours were announced this month and fans have the chance to see the rapper people are calling the second coming of Tupac, the country star who played with Hank Williams Jr. at the age of four, the singer who pretty much invented the whistle register, and more.
1. Hunter Hayes, Let's Be Crazy Tour
Today Country music star, Hunter Hayes released the expanded version of his debut album (Encore). A handful of new tracks, including duets with pop singer Jason Mraz and Pistol Annies member, Ashley Monroe add to the quality of the album in its original incarnation. Monroe will join him as the opening on his CMT Tour: Let's Be Crazy.
Hayes says that headlining this tour is something he’s been dreaming about his entire life. He’s taking his show to a whole new level, explaining, “This is my first chance to look at a stage and go, 'What do I want to do?' as opposed to 'What can we do?' I've got truck space, I've got a crew that can really put on a show, we've got a band that is more than capable."
The tour kicks off in Knoxville, TN on October 10 and runs through December. Grab your tickets today!via
2. Mariah Carey, Details To Come
Mariah Carey is no stranger to the stages that world tours happen on, but it has been years since the R&B goddess has travelled the globe with her whistle register in tow. After the success of “#Beautiful,” her latest single with Miguel the vocalist decided to say goodbye to American Idol and kick off a tour in Asia this fall. On June 5 she tweeted, “The New Era Begins.. 7/23 #MC723." The cryptic message might be the date she plans to reveal more about the tour, but no matter what its significance, Mariah is definitely stirring up something newsworthy.
Click here to check out the video for “#Beautiful,” on YouTube and stay tuned for more info about the tour.
3. Kendrick Lamar, good kid m.A.A.d. city Tour
Kendrick Lamar is in the midst of his first headlining tour after supporting acts like Drake and Steve Aoki in his early days. His debut album good kid m.A.A.d. city debuted on the Billboard 200 at #2, he was named MTV’s #1 Hottest MC, and his live show is one for the ages. Don’t expect Lamar to roll out a full entourage on stage either, he prefers to go it alone—no hype men needed. He's already crossed a bunch of US Tour dates off his list and will be performing at Roskilde on July 4, continuing on to sities in Norway, Finland, Canada and France through the end of August.
4. James Blake, Overgrown Tour
Japan, Croatia, France, Australia, and Canada are just a few of the countries that can prep themselves for the impending arrival of UK electronic genius James Blake. He’s taking his sophomore album Overgrown around the world and recently added a North American leg to the tour that begins in October. If you still need an introduction to the UK producer, listen to the title track from his album, it's one of our Top 5 EDM songs of the year so far. Catch him tomorrow in Berlin for an appearance at Melt! Fest.
5. Grizzly Bear, Shields Tour 2013
Indie darlings, Grizzly Bear, are the kind of band who have always maintained a rigorous touring schedule. In support of their most recent album Shields, the quartet picked up a keyboardist to round our their live sound and took to the road. Catch them in cities like London, Dublin, Los Angeles and Montreal with support from The xx and Owen Pallett.