Summer 2017: The Biggest Music Tours, From Lady Gaga to Kendrick Lamar

There’s no better way to enjoy the summer weather than to spend a few hours at a music festival or an outdoor show from one of your favorite artists. This season is shaping up to be a particularly busy one for concerts, with tons of big names set to hit the road over the coming months. From rock legends (including Guns N’ Roses and U2) and pop superstars (Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran) to country favorites (Tim McGraw and Sam Hunt) and acclaimed rappers (Kendrick Lamar), there are plenty of great options to choose from, depending on your personal musical taste.

Having trouble deciding which shows to buy tickets for? Below, check out the biggest music tours of the summer.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar accepts a Grammy on stage

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Kendrick Lamar’s first headlining arena tour, which arrives on the heels of his acclaimed fourth album DAMN., is one of the most anticipated musical events of the summer. The artist is known for his visually creative sets, so concertgoers can expect some unique production from his shows. The tour will run from mid-July through early August, and you can buy tickets here.

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars holding a microphone during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium

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Bruno Mars will bring his infectious songs and dance moves on the road this summer, starting in July. Tickets for the 24K Magic Tour are available now on Ticketmaster. There are show dates currently scheduled through November, so there are plenty of options to choose from.


The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Bono, and Adam Clayton of U2 perform on The Joshua Tree Tour

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U2 is embarking on a massive tour this summer to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band’s seminal 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. The Irish rock band will play the record in its entirety on each date of the tour. Though some dates area already sold out, you can still find tickets to a bunch of shows all over the country.

New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, and Paula Abdul

New Kids on the Block perform during a stop of The Total Package Tour at T-Mobile Arena

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New Kids on the Block teams up with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul for the Total Package Tour, set to continue through mid-July. The run will mark the first time that Abdul has taken her solo material on the road in 25 years. Nostalgic fans can expect lots of ’80’s and ’90’s classics from all three acts.

Ed Sheeran

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran performs during a concert at the Ziggo Dome i

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The British musician will bring his latest tour to North America in late June, starting in Kansas City. Fans can catch Sheeran performing material from his Divide album, released earlier this year, as well as past hit favorites, like the Grammy-winning “Thinking Out Loud.” Get more info on specific dates and times on his tour page here.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Recording artists Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw perform during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards

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After teaming up for one of the highest-crossing country music tours ever in 2007, the superstar country couple are back at it again with Soul2Soul: The World Tour. Both artists will perform their own solo material, as well as team up for their beloved duets.


 Robert Trujillo, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield members of the band Metallica performs live on stage

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The band embarks on their first big tour since the release of 2016’s double LP Hardwiredto Self-Destruct — and they’re making it count. The group has promised plenty of pyrotechnics and yet another unique setlist. The WorldWired Tour is set to run through mid-August.

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper

Rod Stewart performs at 2015 Rock in Rio on September 20, 2015

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One of the quirkiest musical pairings of the year, Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper, will also be hitting the road together this summer. The trek kicks off in July and runs through mid-August. Catch the famous acts in action by buying tickets on Ticketmaster.

J. Cole

J. Cole performs on stage during a Get Out The Vote concert

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After releasing his fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only, in December, the rapper will kick off his anticipated set of summer shows. The tour will reportedly start out with performances in more intimate club settings, before expanding into arenas in various cities nationwide. Fans can catch The 4 Your Eyez Only tour at their local concert venues through August 20.

Sam Hunt

Recording artist Sam Hunt performs during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

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The rising country music star will head out on his first headlining tour this summer, bringing along openers and fellow up-and-comers, Maren Morris and Chris Janson. The singer will reportedly perform material from his upcoming sophomore release (which does not have a specific release date yet), as well as his past hit singles. The 15 In A 30 trek will continue through mid-September.

Guns N’ Roses

Musical group Guns N' Roses performs onstage

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Guns N’ Roses will travel around North America for their sixth leg of their high-grossing reunion tour, the Not In This Lifetime Tour. Their latest run of shows will start in St. Louis in late July and wrapping up in San Antonio in early September. Look for tickets and specific dates on Ticketmaster.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney performs onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles"

Paul McCartney | Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

The Beatles icon will continue the One on One tour in early July, with a series of three-hour shows that will reportedly include a mix of hits from his epic career, as well as several songs that he hasn’t played live in years. The tour will run through the beginning of October, so fans will have plenty of chances to catch one of his performances.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is getting out of a glass box on stage and is singing.

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Following her headlining set at Coachella in April, the pop star will head out on the Joanne World Tour, starting in August. The latest run from Lady Gaga will feature entirely fresh visual production and plenty of hits. You can catch the singer on the road through mid-September.


Singer-songwriter Chris Martin of Coldplay performs while fans reach up toward him

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After performing a couple of shows in the US last year, the band’s A Head Full of Dreams tour is returning to North America in August. Concertgoers can expect to hear plenty of crowd favorites, like “Yellow” and “Fix You,” boosted by a booming light show. The tour will run through early October.

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull

Singer Enrique Iglesias performs on stage during a concert

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Get ready to dance with these two Latin music stars, who are pairing up to bring their music on the road. Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull will kick off the trek in mid-June in Phoenix, Arizona and hit up venues all across the nation, before wrapping up in Oakland, California in late October. Check out when the duo will arrive to your city on Ticketmaster.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey

Singer Mariah Carey performs on stage during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival

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The All the Hits Tour was supposed to kick off back in March, but was postponed after Lionel Richie underwent knee surgery. Several months later and things are back on track, with Richie and Mariah Carey set to embark on a 30-date trek across the country, starting in Oakland, California. Both artists have a lot of hits in their catalog, so attendees should get ready to sing along to all the fan favorites.

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