2014 Summer Concerts: Everything You Need to Know
Finally, the weather is good enough to dance around some outdoor venues and overall bask in the sun and fun that comes with summer concert season. Every year concert promoters target the summer season to put out the biggest and best concert tours and festivals of the year. This year a few of the perennial festivals are back in full force along with some tours that should prove to be quite exciting. This years top events range from festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza to tours like Arcade Fire, Beyonce & Jay Z, Paul McCartney and Outkast.
Top 2014 Summer Tours
Arcade Fire “Reflektor” Tour
Arcade Fire, the Canadian indie-rock band that includes a husband-wife tandem, has come out with four critically acclaimed albums, one of which won a Grammy for Album of the Year. They also scored the 2013 film Her, resulting in an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. A suggestion for concertgoers: wear your fancy clothes. Click here for a full list of Arcade Fire tour dates and tickets.
Beyonce & Jay Z “On the Run” Tour
The greatest power couple in music–and quite possibly the world–are embarking on one of the most anticipated tours in years. Expect to hear classics like “03 Bonnie & Clyde” and “Crazy in Love,” and more recent hits like “Drunk in Love.” Don’t expect Solange to be the opening act, at least if Jay Z has anything to say about it. We kid, we kid. Click here for a full list of “On the Run” tour dates and tickets.
Jack White “Lazaretto” Tour
After making a name for himself as the leader of the rock duo The White Stripes, Jack White has had tremendous success as a solo artist. Rolling Stone magazine listed him as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time, while The New York Times called him “the coolest, weirdest, savviest rock star of our time.” Now, the rock icon will hit the road in support of his amazing new record, Lazaretto. Click here for a full list of tour dates and tickets.
Outkast Reunion Tour
Ms. Jackson, I am for real: OutKast is back. After focusing on their solo careers for the past seven years, the seminal hip-hop duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi are reuniting to perform at music festivals around the world. Get ready to shake it, sha-sha shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture. Click here for a full list of Outkast tour dates and tickets.
Paul McCartney “Out There” Tour
It’s a rare thing to see an artist with a career spanning over 50 years, who can still kill it onstage. Paul McCartney is one of those artists. While the former Beatle has been resting up from an illness that hit him while on the road, we’re sure that once he’s fully recovered it will have been worth the wait. Click here for a full list of Paul McCartney “Out There” tour dates and tickets.
Phish Summer Tour
Another summer, another Phish tour. Since returning from hiatus, this seminal jam band has had a summer tour every year since 2009. They’ve been one of the most successful and popular rock n’ roll acts in America, yet have never had a number one song. Their secret? Well, you’ll just have to see them live to find out. Click here for a full list of Phish summer tour dates and tickets.
Robyn & Royksopp “Do It Again” Tour
Want to attend three amazing concerts in one? This summer, catch longtime collaborators Robyn and Royksopp on the road together. Each artist will each take turns performing a set, culminating in a shared third set in which both chart-topping acts will take the stage to perform their hits together. Click here for a full list of Robyn & Royksopp “Do it Again” tour dates and tickets.
Eminem & Rihanna “The Monster” Tour
Sure, a five-date tour isn’t necessarily an epic summer blowout, but when we’re talking about Eminem and Rihanna it kind of is. After teaming up for smash songs “Love the Way You Lie” and most recently, “The Monster,” the two are finally hitting the road together for shows in Los Angeles, New Jersey, and of course, Detroit. Click here for a full list of Eminem tour dates and tickets.
Nine Inch Nail & Soundgarden Tour
Soundgarden and NIN were the leaders of grunge music in the 90s. Twenty years later, and they’re still as popular as ever. Formed by Chris Cornell, Soundgarden has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. And how about the Trent Reznor-led NIN? Over 20 million as well. And, the last time that these two bands performed together? You guessed it: 20 years ago. Click here for a full list of Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden tour dates and tickets.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tour
When he was starting out, Tom Petty’s goal was to “break some new ground” and “make some little dent in rock.” He and his band have definitely succeeded. Since forming in 1976, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have been one of the most popular rock bands of all-time, with over 80 million records sold worldwide. Catch them on tour this summer with Steve Winwood performing as the opener. Not too shabby. Click here for a full list of Tom Petty tour dates and tickets.
Justin Timberlake “20/20 Experience” World Tour
JT has really been making up for lost time. After taking a five-year break from music, he’s been on tour since last summer. Definitely “not a bad thing.” Jay-Z won’t be by JT’s side this summer, but the 20/20 Experience Tour should still be awesome. Click here for a full list of JT “20/20 Experience” tour dates and tickets.
Summer Concert Events & Tickets
2014 Summer Concerts in the U.S.
For a complete list of summer concert tickets, click here.
Top 100 Most Expensive Summer Tours*
|Tour Name||Start Date**||End Date||Avg. Ticket Price|
|One Direction with 5 Seconds of Summer||2014-08-01||2014-09-21||$270.96|
|Katy Perry with Kacey Musgraves||2014-06-22||2014-09-20||$243.13|
|Luke Bryan with Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice and Cole Swindell||2014-06-21||2014-09-20||$237.14|
|Bruno Mars with Aloe Blacc||2014-06-21||2014-08-23||$235.84|
|Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert||2014-07-11||2014-09-20||$221.26|
|Beyonce with Jay-Z||2014-06-25||2014-09-13||$206.09|
|Motley Crue with Alice Cooper||2014-07-02||2014-08-31||$198.17|
|Zac Brown Band with Sturgill Simpson||2014-06-21||2014-09-14||$197.03|
|Lady Gaga with Lady Starlight and CRAYON POP||2014-06-28||2014-08-09||$195.66|
|Fall Out Boy with Paramore and New Politics||2014-06-21||2014-08-30||$189.33|
|Dave Matthews Band||2014-06-21||2014-09-06||$183.89|
|OneRepublic with The Script||2014-06-21||2014-08-28||$182.95|
|Summerfest with Bruno Mars, Aloe Blacc||2014-06-25||2014-07-30||$181.29|
|Blake Shelton with The Band Perry and Neal McCoy||2014-06-21||2014-09-20||$180.33|
|Queen with Adam Lambert||2014-06-24||2014-07-28||$178.58|
|Nine Inch Nails with Soundgarden and Death Grips||2014-07-19||2014-08-30||$175.21|
|Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival with Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett||2014-06-21||2014-08-30||$174.23|
|KISS with Def Leppard||2014-06-23||2014-08-31||$170.58|
|Journey with Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power||2014-06-21||2014-09-01||$168.10|
|Linkin Park with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI||2014-08-08||2014-09-18||$167.46|
|Cher with Cyndi Lauper||2014-06-21||2014-09-20||$162.16|
|Keith Urban with Brett Eldredge||2014-07-12||2014-09-13||$157.68|
|Arcade Fire with Pixies and Ham Sandwich||2014-06-29||2014-08-30||$156.47|
|Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana and Country Megaticket||2014-06-21||2014-09-21||$154.35|
|Arctic Monkeys with Miles Kane and Jake Bugg and Royal Blood||2014-06-21||2014-09-04||$153.88|
|Tim McGraw with Country Megaticket and Cassadee Pope and Kip Moore||2014-06-21||2014-09-12||$153.86|
|Miranda Lambert with Tyler Farr||2014-07-11||2014-09-20||$153.09|
|John Legend with Marsha Ambrosius||2014-06-22||2014-08-26||$152.92|
|Jack Johnson with Michael Kiwanuka||2014-07-20||2014-09-01||$149.76|
|Aerosmith with Slash||2014-07-10||2014-09-09||$149.63|
|Brand New with Joyce Manor||2014-07-05||2014-09-04||$147.93|
|Toby Keith with Colt Ford||2014-06-28||2014-09-20||$145.05|
|Brad Paisley with Randy Houser and Country Megaticket and Charlie Worsham||2014-06-22||2014-09-20||$144.74|
|Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood||2014-08-03||2014-09-21||$142.95|
|Goo Goo Dolls with Daughtry and Plain White T’s||2014-06-21||2014-08-31||$142.12|
|Austin Mahone with Fifth Harmony||2014-06-23||2014-09-09||$140.62|
|Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium||2014-07-05||2014-08-10||$139.67|
|Ray Lamontagne with Jenny Lewis||2014-06-24||2014-08-13||$137.84|
|Panic! At The Disco with Fitz and the Tantrums and Walk The Moon and Twenty One Pilots||2014-07-18||2014-08-31||$137.16|
|Kings of Leon with Young The Giant||2014-06-22||2014-09-17||$136.63|
|Chicago with REO Speedwagon||2014-07-31||2014-09-12||$134.43|
|Counting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket||2014-06-22||2014-08-17||$134.19|
|Boston with Cheap Trick||2014-06-21||2014-09-05||$133.81|
|Lionel Richie with Cee Lo Green||2014-06-22||2014-08-03||$133.66|
|Sara Bareilles with Emily King and Hannah Georgas||2014-07-10||2014-08-14||$131.56|
|Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band||2014-06-21||2014-07-19||$129.72|
|Crosby, Stills & Nash||2014-07-02||2014-09-20||$127.25|
|Wiz Khalifa with Ty Dolla $ign and Iamsu and Under the Influence of Music Tour and Rich Homie Quan||2014-07-24||2014-08-24||$126.03|
|Dierks Bentley with Chris Young and Country Megaticket and Chase Rice and Jon Pardi||2014-06-28||2014-08-22||$125.80|
|Warped Tour with Yellowcard, Anberlin, Mayday Parade||2014-06-21||2014-08-02||$125.20|
|Florida Georgia Line||2014-06-21||2014-09-15||$123.13|
|Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with THE BAD SEED||2014-06-21||2014-07-31||$121.79|
|The Avett Brothers||2014-06-21||2014-09-14||$121.45|
|Drake with Lil Wayne||2014-08-08||2014-09-20||$121.00|
|Train with Gin Blossoms||2014-07-10||2014-09-21||$119.01|
|Darius Rucker with Eric Paslay||2014-06-21||2014-09-20||$118.44|
|Styx with Foreigner and Don Felder||2014-06-23||2014-09-19||$117.30|
|The Black Keys with Cage the Elephant||2014-09-05||2014-09-21||$117.26|
|O.A.R. with Phillip Phillips||2014-06-21||2014-07-26||$117.07|
|Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss||2014-06-21||2014-08-23||$115.84|
|ZZ Top with Jeff Beck||2014-07-25||2014-09-13||$114.51|
|The Neighbourhood with Travi$ Scott||2014-06-21||2014-08-31||$112.16|
|Lynyrd Skynyrd with Bad Company||2014-07-10||2014-08-30||$110.01|
|The Fray with A Great Big World||2014-06-22||2014-09-09||$109.14|
|Veruca Salt with Battleme||2014-06-22||2014-07-26||$108.44|
|Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with Rick Springfield||2014-06-27||2014-08-30||$105.98|
|The Offspring with Pennywise and The Vandals and Bad Religion and Stiff Little Fingers||2014-07-11||2014-09-11||$104.55|
|Jake Owen with Charlie Worsham||2014-06-27||2014-09-05||$104.41|
|Little Big Town||2014-06-21||2014-08-16||$102.35|
*As determined by secondary market ticket prices.
**Some tours may have begun earlier than 6/21/14.
Summer Concert Venues
Most concert goers regard summer outdoor venues as some of the best places to experience a concert. The whole aura of being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air while listening to some great tunes is always a good time. From the Hollywood Bowl in California to the Summer Stage Concert series at Central Park in New York, outdoor venues are gearing up for the summer. Follow the links below to read more about outdoor venues and which ones draw the highest ticket prices on average.
Summer Concert Venues Link Roundup
- The 10 Most Demanded Outdoor Venues for the Summer
- Most Demanded Venues to Watch Phish’s Summer 2010 Tour
- Dave Matthews Band Summer 2010 Concert Venue and Ticket Prices
- 10 Money Saving Tips for Concertgoers
- Top Chicago Summer Concerts 2012
- Top Upcoming New York Concerts
- Top Upcoming Chicago Concerts
If you don’t have the time to attend a bunch of concerts to see you favorite artists or if you want to get a great bang for your buck, the summer festivals are your best bet. Whether its a travelling festival like the Vans Warped Tour or a one time only festival like Coachella, there is a festival out there to suit your needs. The vibe at festivals is unrivaled most regular concerts in that the crowd is usually larger and it gives you the chance to see a few new bands who could be next years big thing. Summer festivals are here to stay and shouldn’t be missed.
Summer Festivals Link Roundup
- 2014 Music Festivals Lineup and Ticket Prices
- Vans Warped Tour 2014 Lineup Updates and Tour Dates
- Summerfest 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Bamboozle 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Lollapalooza 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Outside Lands 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Coachella 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Electric Zoo 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Camp Bisco 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- North Coast Music Festival Lineup and Tickets
- All Good Music Festival Lineup and Tickets
- Osheaga 2014 Lineup and Tickets
- Governors Ball 2014 Lineup and Tickets