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Summer is finally upon us, and with it comes concert season. Here are our top picks for must-see concerts this summer. Enjoy.


Beyonce live in Amsterdam. Photo: Diariocritico Venezuela – FlickrCC

Beyoncé — The Formation World Tour

It should come as no surprise that Beyoncé tops the list (not that this list is in any particular order). Seeing Beyoncé in the flesh will change you. And hearing her songs from #Lemonade live will likely ruin you to every other concert out there. She has photos from some of the early shows up on her website, and they promise her well-known flashy outfits, her usual barrage of killer backup dancers, and a few surprises. This tour is scheduled to hit Philadelphia, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans and plenty others this summer, before going international.

The National

The National Photo: Ashton Flickr CC

 The National

The National’s tour this summer is peppered with festivals, which just proves that they really know their audience. The low-key vibes this Cincinnati band gives off were practically made for spending warm summer nights belting the hits outdoors. Their equally relaxed sets are also a welcome break from the showy concerts that tend to dominate summertime. The National are playing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre at the end of July, and there’s probably no better place to see them. Otherwise, catch them in New York City, Berkeley, Calif. Or Eau Claire, Wisc.



Coldplay live at Estadio Vicente Calderón in Madrid. Mylo Xyloto Tour 2012. Photo: Ana Morales – FlickrCC

Coldplay — A Head Full of Dreams Tour

Whether or not you’re sold on Coldplay’s new stuff, it is undeniable that they put on quite a show. Think confetti, surprise trips out into the nosebleeds, and the always-interesting antics of frontman Chris Martin. This is their first stadium tour since 2012, meaning you can expect tickets to sell out fast. The tour focuses on international venues (sure, we’d travel to Copenhagen for that), but they’re set to head to New York City mid-July and tour the U.S. from there. You can catch them in Chicago, Columbus, or Louisville, among others. 


Sting live in Bilbao in 2008. Photo: Alberto Cabel – Flickr CC

Sting and Peter Gabriel — Rock Paper Scissors Tour

Sting’s concerts are always very thoughtful and put-together, and therefore leave quite the impact. His music is moving and complex, making his concerts quite the deviation from those of the other pop stars on this list. This isn’t the first time that these two mega-stars have toured together, either—they hit the road together in the ‘80s in support of Amnesty International. This time, however, the icons will hit the stage both together and separately, exploring their greatest hits in new depths. The 19-date tour opens in Columbus, Ohio, before heading to Washington, D.C., Camden, N.J., and Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Adele in Seattle, Washington

Adele in Seattle, Washington Photo: nikotransimission Flickr CC

Adele — Adele Live 2016

If the gods were smiling on you, you may have snagged tickets to Adele’s summer tour for a decent price. If not, you still have a chance to change your luck—they’re hard to come by, but there are still some tickets available out there, somewhere. We wish you luck. Adele is elusive. She doesn’t particularly love touring, which becomes obvious when you consider that this is only her third tour since she exploded into the limelight almost a decade ago. So her rightly rabid fans become even more desperate for tickets on the rare occasion they can see her live. That said, it’s totally worth fighting for those seats. She’s got some pipes on her, and her voice will literally blow you away. She’s set to stop by Chicago, Phoenix and Boston, to name a few.

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine performs at Coachella 2012. Photo: Jason Persse – Flickr CC

Florence and the Machine — How Big Tour

Most of Florence’s concerts this summer are being performed in conjunction with Of Monsters and Men, so it’s hard to see where you could go wrong. The tour focuses on “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” which came out last May, so everyone in the audience will have had plenty of time to learn all the words. Catch them in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Mansfield Mass., or headlining at Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati.

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