24 Tours and Music Festivals to Keep You Rockin' All Summer Long
By Sophie Schillaci
What's a warm summer night without live music?
Luckily for us, there is no shortage of tours and wide ranging festival lineups to keep our music loving hearts happy all summer long. Whether you're looking for something fresh and new or good old-fashioned nostalgia, there's an offering here for everyone to groove to.
See a sampling of stars that are hitting the road over these next few months, ranked in no particular order. Which shows are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments below.
1. Lady Gaga: Fresh off her Coachella headlining gig, Gaga is bringing her Joanne World Tour across the U.S. and Canada this summer. If her Indio performances were any indication, fans can expect to see and hear revamped versions of her old hits along with new offerings, including her latest, "The Cure."
2. Kendrick Lamar: Coachella headliner -- and festival standout -- Lamar is celebrating his brand-new album, DAMN., with a high-octane North American tour carrying him through July and August. Along for the ride: openers Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.
3. Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys and Nelly: If anyone could combine country, pop and hip-hop into one tour, it's these guys. The Smooth Tour is set to hit Fenway Park in Boston, Target Field in Minneapolis and Wrigley Field in Chicago this summer.
4. New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul: Nostalgia alert! The Total Package Tour marks Abdul's first tour in 25 years and the first time that NKOTB and Boyz II Men are hitting the road together.
"We're bringing the happy back," Donnie Wahlberg told ET when announcing the tour. "We're bringing joy, love and happiness back to the world with this tour."
5. Ed Sheeran: The "Shape of You" singer is bringing his acclaimed new Divide album on the road for a 48-date North American trek this summer.
"The staging and what's behind me [are going to be different from my past tours]," he told ET recently. "I've put a lot of time and effort into it, and it's gonna look impressive. In terms of it being a show… now I can do a show where it's singles, which is something I haven't been able to do before."
6. Sam Hunt: Newlywed Hunt hits the “back road” with Maren Morris and Chris Janson on his 15 in a 30 Tour.
7. Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini: Keeping it country, Ballerini is joining her "big sis" Hillary Scott and Lady A on their You Look Good Tour. The group will perform 65 shows in six countries across three continents.
8. Bruno Mars: Meanwhile, Mars brings his 24K Magic Tour to North America beginning in July and rolling all the way into November.
9. U2: In honor of the 30th anniversary of their album Joshua Tree, U2 will tour North America and Europe this summer.
10. John Mayer: As Mayer's pop comeback continues, he'll perform songs off his new album, The Search for Everything, all summer in Europe and North America.
11. Shawn Mendes: In addition to playing Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia, Mendes will spend most of his summer with his Illuminate World Tour in the U.S.
12. The Weeknd: The Weeknd's Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour rolls through North America until mid-June, but he's also on tap to headline multiple festivals along the way. (More below!)
13. Zac Brown Band: ZBB will be touring new music this summer with their fifth studio album, Welcome Home, hitting shelves May 12. Expect to hear the lead single, "My Old Man," and more on their 40+ date U.S. tour.
14. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill: Country's reigning king and queen are back together onstage for their Soul2Soul Tour.
"Being together on stage and for me -- it's been 10 years since we actually did a proper tour together -- to be on stage with her and hear her sing every night, it's pretty special," McGraw told ET at the GRAMMYs this year. "We don't get to hear her sing very often, especially live, and so every night [I] really just look forward to hearing her and trying to keep up with her, which is the biggest problem for me!"
15. Solange: Fresh off her GRAMMY win for Best R&B Performance, Solange is embarking on her first tour since 2013 to promote her album, A Seat at the Table.
16. Hanson: Honorable mention goes out for Hanson, who are kicking off their 25th anniversary tour in their native Oklahoma this May. The tour will mostly be overseas for the summer, but the guys will be back to pick up their North American tour by the end of summer.
This year's circuit is packed with buzzy new superstars like The Weeknd and Lorde, along with legends like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Metallica and Radiohead.