NewNowNext Music: The Hottest Concerts Of Summer 2013


It’s just about summer-concert season, when some of our favorite acts get in their buses and tour the country. Below, we’re combed the Web to find out the latest info on North American tour dates and special music festivals. (This is rock ’n’ roll folks, so everything’s subject to change!)


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The NewNowNext Award winner is on the road with Pitbull through June. Then our “Dance Commander” goes it solo through the end of summer.
With Pit Bull: May 23 – June 28, Solo dates: August 9 – August 31



Of Monsters and Men
Iceland’s latest import scored a Billboard Music award nomination for Best Rock band—now they’re off to win the hearts of the American public.
May 22–June 16

We don’t know if you’ll see Bigfoot at this Northwest music jam, but you will see Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, The xx, The Lumineers, Arctic Monkeys, the Presets, Bloc Party and Andrew Bird.
George, WA; May 24-May 27


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Our favorite hip-hop artists/LGBT allies are hopping back and forth between Europe and the U.S. all summer long and into the fall.
May 24-November 1

The Lumineers
Ho Hey! The folk-rock quintet takes Cold War Kids and J Roddy Walston & The Business on tour through early August before heading to Europe.
May 27-Aug 4



Free Press Summer Fest
Houston, we have no problem: Passion Pit, Cat Power, Matt & Kim, Quad City DJ’s, Iggy and the Stooges, Japandroids (above) and more play this two-day music festival.
Houston, TX; June 1-2

This year’s incredible lineup includes Wilco, Matt & Kim, Animal Collective, Solange, the Lumineers, Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan and Paul McCartney!
Manchester, TN; June 13-16

Bruno Mars: The Moonshine Jungle Tour
Ellie Goulding and Fitz and the Tantrums open for most the “”When I Was Your Man” singer’s U.S. tour dates.
June 22-Sept 1


Psychedelic duo Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden trip across America to promote their forthcoming self-titled album.
June 19-Sept 2

Firefly Music Festival
Red-hot acts like Foster the People, Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs join legends of rock like Tom Petty and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the Blue Hen State.
Dover, DE; June 23


Beyoncé: Mrs. Carter World Tour (U.S. Dates)
After conquering Europe, Queen Bey (and Baby Number 2?) will be taking America by storm.
June 28 – August 3

Idol Tour Live!
The stars of  American Idol are back to entertain you this summer: See performances from winner Candice Glover and runner-up Kree Harrison, as well as the other members of the Top 10 (or should we say Top 11?).
June 30 – August 3


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fun. with Tegan and Sara: Most Summer Nights Tour
NewNowNext faves Tegan and Sara are going out with the indie hipster trio fun. We’re excited, are you?
July 8 – September 28

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z: Legends of the Summer Tour
Welcome back, Justin Timberlake! With 20-20 Experience climbing the charts,  JT is taking J-Hova cross-country. This could be an epic road trip.
July 22 – August 16


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Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson
The original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, is going on tour with The Voice coach Adam Levine and Maroon 5. Will this lead to some drama on tour?
August 1-October 6


Head to Chicago for three days of music from Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Ray, Phoenix (above), Mumford and Sons, Crystal Castles, Grizzly Bear and other breakout artists.
Chicago, IL; August 2 – 4

Outside Lands
This five-year-old festival brings everyone from Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson and Nine Inch Nails to Kaskade, Vampire Weekend and the National to the Bay Area.
San Francisco, CA; Aug 9-11

Electric Zoo
The beats come to the Big Apple when superstar DJs like Armin van Buuren, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, Victor Calderone, Benny Benassi, Martin Solveig and A-Trak start spinning.
Aug 30-Sept 1
Randall’s Island, NY


Seattle welcomes Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Vicci Martinez, Tegan and Sara, Bob Mould, Deerhunter, Icona Pop (above) and more. We love it!
Seattle, WA; Aug 31–Sept 2