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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Summer 2017

Grab your sunscreen, get a Tinder date, and catch as many of these acts as possible

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    Photo by Philip Cosores

    We’re barely a third of the way through 2017, but it already feels like a monster year for music. There have been veteran acts that lived up to their reputation, like Kendrick Lamar, Future, Drake, Ryan Adams, Slowdive, Aimee Mann, Mount Eerie, Spoon, Feist, and The xx, as well as plenty of rising acts that solidified their buzz, like Sampha, Perfume Genius, Jay Som, Julie Byrne, and Migos.

    But we’re not here to dwell on recorded music. We’re here to talk tours, a task we take on a few times a year to highlight the most exciting artists coming to a club, theater, arena, or stadium near you. This is the summer edition, meaning we’re not repeating any of the artists that appeared on our 2017 kickoff list. But that doesn’t mean that we’re not still anticipating some of those acts. U2 remains one of our most anticipated shows of the summer with their anniversary presentation of The Joshua Tree. Others, like Fleet Foxes, A Tribe Called Quest, Hans Zimmer, and King Crimson are still high up on our list of shows to catch as the days get longer and warmer.

    But over the past few months, a host of new tours have been announced, and below you’ll find the 25 that we’re most itching to check out. Put on your sunscreen, get a Tinder date, and be sure to catch as much live music as possible this summer. You won’t be sorry.


    25. Tycho w/ Todd Terje and Jaga Jazzist

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    Tycho // Photo by Philip Cosores
    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Some ascents are so gradual that you hardly even notice them. That could be said for Tycho, who quietly has grown from playing small clubs and daylight festival sets to the run they have planned for early summer on the West Coast. Scott Hansen and his post-rock crew will be headlining bigger venues than ever before in support of last year’s Epoch, all of them outdoor and featuring support from like-minded soundscape crews Todd Terje and Jaga Jazzist. These are shows that feel catered toward the setting and the atmosphere, looking to milk the warm weather for all its worth and ring in the summer with proper experiences under the stars. –Philip Cosores

    Summer Tour Dates:
    06/27 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor
    06/28 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
    06/30 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
    07/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre


    24. Erykah Badu

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    Photo by Nina Corcoran

    It would seem that the deck is stacked against Erykah Badu. According to the name of her new tour, the soul queen’s involved in quite the showdown — facing off against Everythang, in fact. But if anyone has the pipes to defeat such a massive enemy, it’s Badu. The enigmatic artist has quite the range, both vocally and in her catalog. In fact, her most recent release, 2015’s But You Cain’t Use My Phone, showed that versatility and strength, fusing R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and more into a virtuosic yet unpretentious show. So when she brings that full arsenal of skills against Everythang — including at festival stops and theaters around the world — Everythang better be ready. –Lior Phillips

    Summer Tour Dates:
    05/27 – Houston, TX @ Houston Arena Theater
    05/28 – New Orleans, LA @ Lake Front Arena
    07/06 – London, UK @ Hammerstein Theater
    07/07 – London, UK @ Hammerstein Theater
    07/08 – Paris, FR @ Palais des Sports
    07/09 – Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Fest
    07/11 – Montreaux, CH @ Montreaux Jazz Fest
    07/12 – Tuscany, IT @ Lucca Summer Fest
    07/14 – Copenhagen, DK @ Tivoli Gardens
    07/15 – Pori, FI @ Pori Jazz Festival
    07/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
    07/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
    08/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
    08/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Funk Fest
    08/13 – Richmond, VA @ TBA
    09/01 – Dallas, TX @ TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival
    09/15 – Newark, NJ @ TBA
    09/16 – New York, NY @ The Meadows Music and Arts Festival
    09/22-23 – Chicago, IL @ Midwives Conference
    10/01-12 – Tokyo, JP @ Camp Fest
    10/09-10 – Osaka, JP @ BBL


    23. Incubus w/ Jimmy Eat World

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    Incubus // Photo by Philip Cosores
    Photo by Philip Cosores

    2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, but hippies won’t be hogging all of the nostalgia this year. Emo kids and alt-rockers will also get their moment in the proverbial sun thanks to a tour featuring the revitalized headliners Incubus and all-star openers Jimmy Eat World, both of which inconceivably released solid albums in recent months. JEW’s Integrity Blues is the standout of the two, though we have to give Incubus credit for thinking outside the box and bringing in Skrillex to co-produce their new record, 8. –Collin Brennan

    Summer Tour Dates:
    07/06 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
    07/07 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    07/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
    07/11 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
    07/12 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
    07/14 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
    07/15 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
    07/16 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    07/18 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
    07/19 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
    07/20 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
    07/22 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
    07/23 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
    07/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
    07/26 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
    07/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
    07/29 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    07/30 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
    08/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    08/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere at Champions Square
    08/04 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    08/05 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
    08/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
    08/11 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    08/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
    08/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
    08/16 – Mt. View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
    08/18 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
    08/19 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
    10/03 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre


    22. Slowdive

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    Slowdive // Photo by Autumn Andel
    Photo by Autumn Andel

    By now, it’s not really a secret that Slowdive’s new self-titled album is arguably one of their greatest feats to date. While it’s not exactly a comeback story, per se, the idea of seeing the shoegaze legends return with something new, rather than regurgitating something old, is refreshing to say the least. That’s why we’re kind of rushing out to hear them play songs like “Slomo”, “Sugar for the Pill”, and “No Longer Making Time”. Based on their recent round of setlists, it would appear those selections are par for the course, punctuating a healthy heaping of past favorites like “Catch the Breeze” and “Star Roving”. –Michael Roffman

    Summer Tour Dates:
    06/02 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy
    06/03 – London, UK @ Field Day
    06/10 – Skopje, MK @ Zdravo Mladi Festival
    06/16-18 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
    07/01 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
    07/06 – Trencin, SK @ Pohoda Festival
    07/07 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
    07/09 – Six Four Les Plages, FR @ Pointu Festival
    07/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
    07/30 – Tahar Shi, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival
    08/19 – Trondheim, NO – Pstereo Festival
    08/27 – Paris, FR @ Rock En Seine Festival
    08/31 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
    09/07 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Barby Club
    09/15 –16 – Angers, FR @ Levitation Fest
    09/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Beyond the Tracks Festival


    21. J. Cole

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    J. Cole // Photo by Ben Kaye
    Photo by Ben Kaye

    We’re living in a golden age of hip-hop, and few artists have done more to push the genre to new heights than the Frankfurt, Germany-born, North Carolina-based artist known as J. Cole. Rather than try to top 2014’s massive 2014 Forest Hills Drive with an even bigger follow-up, the 31-year-old rapper scaled things back a little with last year’s 4 Your Eyez Only, and it will be interesting to see how the mature, concise record will translate to the stage. Cole will have plenty of chances to test out different approaches, as his massive world tour features dates scheduled all across North America, Europe, and Australia. Whether you’re based in Cardiff, Copenhagen, or Columbia, SC, it’s time to get hyped. –Collin Brennan

    Summer Tour Dates:
    06/01 – Columbia, SC @ The
    06/02 – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks Live
    06/03 – Tallahassee, FL @ Potbelly’s
    06/05 – Jackson, MS @ Hal & Hal’s
    06/06 – Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewing Company
    06/07 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
    06/09 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex Event Center
    06/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
    06/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
    06/14 – Memphis, TN @ The New Daisy Theater
    06/15 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
    06/17 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
    06/18 – Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Entertainment Center
    07/06 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    07/08 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
    07/09 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
    07/11 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
    07/15 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
    07/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
    07/21 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
    07/23 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
    07/24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    07/28 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    08/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
    08/04 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    08/05 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
    08/06 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
    08/08 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
    08/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
    08/11 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
    08/14 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
    08/16 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
    08/18 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
    08/19 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
    08/20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
    09/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Tap 1
    09/30 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
    10/01 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
    10/03 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
    10/05 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    10/06 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
    10/07 – Frankfurt, DE @ Stadthalle Offenbach
    10/09 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
    10/10 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
    10/12 – Nottingham UK @ Motorpoint Arena
    10/14 – Birmingham, UK @ Barclaycard Arena
    10/15 – London, UK @ The O2 Arena
    10/18 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
    10/20 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
    10/21 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
    10/22 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
    12/01 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
    12/02 – Brisbane, AU @ Riverstage
    12/05 – Sydney, AU @ Hordern Pavilion
    12/06 – Melbourne, AU @ Margaret Court Arena
    12/09 – Perth, AU @ HBF Stadium
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