Summer 2017 Tour Preview: 23 Must-See Concerts

These are the hottest tickets for the hottest time of year.

Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Getty Images • May 31, 2017

It's funny how your summer schedule seems to fill up in no time. While the summer is about sitting back and relaxing, there's just way too many fun things to do. We've got a bevy of worthwhile concerts lined up for these sunny months, so we might be adding even more to your calendar. Get your planners ready as we go through the some of the best summer concerts ot 2017 (all dates are North American).

More: Summer 2017 Album Guide

August Alsina

Dates: July 27 - September 2 • Buy Tickets

With his Drugs album about to drop this year, August is coming back for round three. His current singles, "Drugs," "Lonely" and "Wait" are giving fans that sweet, sensual taste that the alt-R&B singer is known for, and we're sure his shows will be no different.

Earth, Wind & Fire

 

Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC ft. @NileRodgers presents 2054 - The Tour! This summer go back to the future Tix on sale Apr. 28 #2054

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Dates: July 12 - August 19 • Buy Tickets

Earth, Wine & Fire are teaming up with Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, for their upcoming tour. It's going to be a funk explosion when they visit your town. With the creativity to spawn hit after hit and the energy that keeps them going for decades, Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic's 2054: The Tour is a can't-miss show.

Bush

Dates: May 4 - August 11 • Buy Tickets

With the release of their seventh album, Black and White Rainbows, in March, Bush are showing off their new songs on the road. Get your grunge fix with this trek, which runs all the way until August with Chicago's The Kickback as openers.

Lady Gaga

 

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Dates: August 1 - December 18 • Buy Tickets

Gaga showed off a bit of her stripped-down country side with her gritty Joanne, named after her late aunt. And while the singer previously toured dive bars with the new album, it's time to ramp up the production and do a proper Gaga gala. Mother Monster will be coming stadiums around the globe this summer.

Kendrick Lamar

 

THE DAMN. TOUR

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Dates: July 12 - September 2 • Buy Tickets

When Damn. took the world by surprise, Kendrick Lamar quickly got to the task of planning a tour. So if you're ready for a raw and real experience tied in with Lamar's legendary raps, you better grab tickets right now. Travis Scott, YG and D.R.A.M. are all coming along.

Florida Georgia Line

Dates: June 2 - October 7 • Buy Tickets

Florida Georgia Line never want to stop cruising with Nelly. The country duo are celebrating their biggest tour yet with Nelly and Chris Lane. And their "God, Your Mama And Me" collaborators The Backstreet Boys will be joining them on select dates. The guys are churning out favorite tunes from last year's Dig Your Roots, but we wouldn't be surprised if they busted out something else special.

Zac Brown Band

Dates: Through October 28 • Buy Tickets

Zac Brown Band have returned to their roots with their latest album, Welcome Home, so it only makes sense that they'll be kick off the Welcome Home Tour in their hometown of Atlanta. After breaking some concert attendance records last year, you could help them climb higher this year as they show fans what country is all about. Plus, a ticket includes a copy of their new album.

Jason Aldean

 

Yall ready for this? I know i am!! #theydontknowtour 🤘🏼

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Dates: Through October 7 • Buy Tickets

After two months on the road, Jason Aldean's They Don't Know Tour is warmed up and ready for summer. If you're a die-hard fan, you've already got tickets, but now worries if you're new to Aldean -- it's never to late to jump on that train. Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver are opening, so there's a lot of fun in store.

Shawn Mendes

 

Brooklyn show at Barclays is onsale now! Plus Aus & NZ! http://illuminateworldtour.com

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Dates: July 6 - August 23 • Buy Tickets

With a #1 album in his pocket, the 18-year-old will be strumming out his hits like "Mercy" and "Treat You Better" on the Illuminate World Tour. Mendes has quickly made a name for himself as a captivating performer -- he already has a live album, Live at Madison Square Garden, and has played with guitar hero John Mayer.

U2

Dates: Through July 1 • Buy Tickets

Unlike some of the greener acts touring this summer, U2 will be serving up a dose of nostalgia when the legendary Irish rock band play their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, in its entirety. The 30th anniversary tour includes 33 dates and special treats for fans. The band plays "Red Hill Mining Town" live for the first time and also debuts new tracks from the upcoming Songs of Innocence.

Ed Sheeran

 

London night #1 !

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Dates: June 29 - October 7 • Buy Tickets

Ed Sheeran's Divide Tour just conquered Europe and the U.K., and he's about to take his show to North America. With just a guitar, you've witnessed just what Ed can do with loop pedals and his silky smooth voice. He coming back around to impress us again. James Blunt is opening.

Bruno Mars

 

#24kJournals

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Dates: July 15 - November 11 • Buy Tickets

Put your pinky rings up to the moon! Bruno Mars is spreading his uptown funk to North America come July 15. The swaggy singer with perfect pitch and charisma for days will have his Hooligans by his side as he goes through all his hits, including those from his most recent album, 24K Magic.

Justin Bieber

 

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Dates: July 29 - September 6 • Buy Tickets

Justin Bieber has already done a full leg of his Purpose World Tour in the U.S., but he's returning this summer for a stadium run. After exploring the world and dishing up heartfelt cuts from 2015's Purpose, he's gearing up to bring the Purpose era to a close, so you won't want to miss it.

Logic

 

Everybody's Tour. Tickets on sale Tuesday.

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Dates: July 7 - August 26 • Buy Tickets

Logic has a #1 album he needs to brag about, and what better way to do that than to go on tour? Logic is bringing along Joey Bada$$ and friends on this summer jaunt, which includes stops at pretty much every major city except New York.

Mary J. Blige

 

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Dates: July 30 - September 9 • Buy Tickets

Mary J. Blige is about to display The Strength of a Woman by taking her newly released 15th album on tour -- and she's bringing along Grammy-winning Lalah Hathaway. With a lot of hurt and self-realization to work through, one show might be completely different than the other.

Simple Plan

Dates: Through October 1 • Buy Tickets

Take a trip back to a time when early '00s pop rock was at its peak. Simple Plan are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls with a full tour, where they'll play their famous album in its entirety every night.

Paul McCartney

Dates: July 5 - October 1 • Buy Tickets

Look who's touring the U.S.! It's the one and only Paul McCartney. The legendary Beatle recently revealed that he's working with Sia collaborator Greg Kurstin, possibly whipping up some tunes for a new album. Perhaps he'll have something new and catchy to show fans on this tour.

The Weeknd

 

NORTH AMERICA : @raesremmurd @belly @6lack

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Dates: Through June 16 • Buy Tickets

The Weeknd had been getting moody all over the globe by bringing his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour throughout Europe and South America. Well, now he's ready for North America, so if you can match his energy, grab tickets and come prepared for songs like "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming."

Linkin Park

 

#OneMoreLight North American Tour. Tickets on sale now, link in bio.

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Dates: July 27 - October 22 • Buy Tickets

Linkin Park are fresh off the release of their One More Light album and they're proud enough to take their seventh LP on the road. Catch the band as they bring each town their killer ballad, along with their brand-new pop tracks. They've invited Snoop Dogg and Machine Gun Kelly on tour too.

FESTIVALS

The Classic

Dates: July 15 - 16, July 29 - 30 • Buy Tickets

The Classic is a huge event going down on the East and West coasts. With six legendary bands included in the price of each ticket, it's most likely the biggest bargain you'll get all summer. The acts? Oh, Journey, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. 

Governors Ball

Dates: June 2-4 • Buy Tickets

Three nights in New York City and everyone from Chance the Rapper to Lorde to Tool is yours. The festival touches down at Randall's Island and will deliver your fill of Phoenix, Wu-Tang Clan and dozens of others. Also make sure you don't sleep on Royal Blood, Parquet Courts, Logic, Flume and Banks. But you knew that already, didn't you.

Bonnaroo

Dates: June 8 - 11 • Buy Tickets

Head on down to the farm in Manchester, Tennessee for another four-night run this June. You'l get your face rocked off by U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers, experience exquisite hip hop with Chance the Rapper, get your groove on with The Weeknd, and bask in positive vibes throughout the weekend.

Lollapalooza

Dates: August 3 - 6 • Buy Tickets

You're going to Lolla, right? With Arcade Fire, Muse, Lorde, Blink-182 and festival MVP Chance the Rapper on deck, and over 50 official aftershows throughout the city of Chicago how could you miss the epic event?