The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2017

Whether at sprawling festivals or intimate clubs, these are the shows we wouldn't dare miss

    Regardless of how listening to albums and songs has changed over the last several decades, live music remains a constant. Around this time of year, loads of artists announce their live show itineraries while festivals cue us in to other performers who are likely to be on the road. As fans, we scan these listings looking for our home city (or something within a reasonable distance), plotting out just who we get to see and when we get to see them.

    As always, it’s difficult to nail down the best tours coming our way. Maybe that’s why we update this feature a few times a year. Aside from the following 25 artists, which include giant stadium tours and tiny club shows, festivals have already clued us in that the likes of Tool, Lorde, Frank Ocean, Solange, and Future Islands will also be on the road. Plus, we opted not to list artists like Bon Iver, Mitski, Angel Olsen, and Japandroids, whom we included in our previous installment. And there are sure to be surprises. Will Kanye West return to his floating stage? Will Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, and Dirty Projectors tour widely in support of new releases? This is sure to be another great year for live shows.

    25. Noname


    Black girl magic is real, and Noname wields enough to cast the entire world under her spell. Her debut LP, Telefone, is full of wisdom beyond her years and harmonies that send shivers down your spine. Everything she does has originality sewn into it — which is why Chance the Rapper and Mick Jenkins sought her out for collaborations early on in her career. As she proved during her appearance on Saturday Night Live alongside Chance, her pipes sound just as moving live as they do on record, so she’s stepping into the light to flaunt them on a proper, lengthy tour with opener Ravyn Lenae. Noname’s hype is rightfully deserved and ever-growing. Case in point: Every single show on the tour is sold out. Chances are a couple ticketholders will fall ill, though, so it’s worth trying your luck showing up at doors to grab a stranger’s spare. The show will certainly be worth it. –Nina Corcoran


    Noname 2017 Tour Dates:
    01/14 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
    02/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre
    02/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
    02/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
    02/16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    02/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
    02/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood
    02/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    02/22 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
    02/24 – Iowa City, IA @ Ballroom at The University of Iowa
    02/25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
    02/26 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
    02/28 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
    03/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
    03/02 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
    03/03 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
    03/05 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
    03/06 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
    06/08-11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
    07/29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival

    24. Run the Jewels

    Photo by Philip Cosores

    Run the Jewels have been all over the world over the past few years, and why not? El-P and Killer Mike have each made a lot of great music on their own, but they’ve never been bigger than they are as rap’s foremost tag team of the moment. It’s a testament to how good their album trilogy has been that we’re just as excited to see them tour behind the Christmas fucking miracle of Run the Jewels 3 as we were when this all got started four years ago, even after all the dates and festivals since. And even if you’ve seen them multiple times, RTJ deliver the kind of fire-breathing live performances that carry the torch for the best of live hip-hop, and there’s just no such thing as too much of a great thing. Plus, Donald Trump’s going to be the president, and it’s a reasonable assumption that RTJ will have thoughts on the matter. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

    Run the Jewels 2016-2017 Tour Dates:
    01/16 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
    01/17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
    01/18 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
    01/20 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
    01/21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
    01/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
    01/24 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
    01/25 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
    01/29 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
    01/30 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
    02/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
    02/02 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
    02/03 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    02/05 – Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre
    02/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    02/07 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
    02/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
    02/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
    02/11 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
    02/13 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland
    02/14 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
    02/15 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
    02/17 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
    02/18 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
    02/19 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    02/21 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
    02/22 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
    02/24 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    02/25 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    05/26-28 – Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival
    05/26-28 – Allston, MA @ Boston Calling
    05/31-06/04 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
    06/08-10 – Porto, Portugal @ NOS Primavera Sound
    06/16-18 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
    06/17-19 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival

    23. Billy Joel


    Photo by Ben Kaye

    Baseball may still be America’s pastime, but considering the amount of time he’ll be spending on diamonds across the country in the upcoming year, Billy Joel may just supplant its reign. The Piano Man is set to play sports centers ranging from the New Orleans arena the Smoothie King Center to classic baseball stadiums like Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Ever the showman, the legendary singer-songwriter continues to put on crowd-pleasing performances at his residency at New York’s own iconic Madison Square Garden, a commitment he’ll continue to honor in the midst of his nation-spanning tour. Instead of a bottle of red or a bottle of white, Joel may be singing about whether the peanuts or the cracker jack are more on the menu.

    Billy Joel 2017 Tour Dates:
    01/11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    01/27 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
    02/10 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
    02/22 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    03/03 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    03/24 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
    04/05 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
    04/14 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    04/28 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
    05/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
    05/25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    07/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Progressive Field
    07/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
    08/11 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
    08/30 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
    09/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park

    22. Ariana Grande


    Don’t roll your eyes at Ariana Grande. She’s barely 23 years old and already dominating the pop world, but that’s not what makes her stand out. It’s Grande’s ability to collaborate with Stevie Wonder, her support of Black Lives Matter, and her voice’s leaps and bounds that still somehow seem underutilized despite her vocal range. If you thought her VMAs performance of “Side to Side” was ridiculous, wait until you see what she prepped for this tour. Grande’s got a flair for vocal and visual dramatics alike, which means the tour for Dangerous Woman will bring the drama from start to finish. —Nina Corcoran


    Bonus: there’s no word regarding openers yet, but given this is the biggest tour she’s ever done, it’s bound to be someone good.

    Ariana Grande 2017 Tour Dates:
    02/02 Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    02/04 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
    02/07 Omahe, NE @ Century Link Center
    02/09 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
    02/14 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    02/17 Uncasville, CT @Mohegan Sun Arena
    02/19 Manchester, NH @SNHU Arena
    02/21 Buffalo, NY @Key Bank Center
    02/23 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    02/26 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
    02/27 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
    03/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
    03/03 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    03/05 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    03/06 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
    03/09 Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
    03/11 Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    03/12 Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
    03/14 Chicago, IL @ United Center
    03/16 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
    03/18 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
    03/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
    03/23 Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
    03/24 Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    03/26 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
    03/27 San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
    03/30 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
    03/31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
    04/03 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
    04/06 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
    04/08 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
    04/09 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
    04/11 New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
    04/12 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
    04/14 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
    04/15 Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
    05/08 Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
    05/10 Oslo, NO @ Telenor
    05/12 Herning, DK @ Jyske Bank Boxen
    05/14 Amsterdam-Zuidoost, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    05/16 Amsterdam-Zuidoost, NL @ Ziggo Dome
    05/18 Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
    05/20 Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
    05/22 Manchester, UK @ Arena
    05/25 London, UK @ O2 Arena
    05/26 London, UK @ The O2
    05/28 Antwerp, BE @ Sportpalais
    05/31 Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
    06/01 Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
    06/03 Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle
    06/05 Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
    06/07 Paris, FR @ Accorhotels Arena
    06/09 Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier
    06/11 Lisboa, PT @ Meo Arena
    06/13 Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
    06/15 Rome, IT @ Palalottomatica
    06/17 Turin To, IT @ Pala Alpitour

    21. Chris Rock

    Chris Rock

    “Is America ready for a black president?” Chris Rock asked rhetorically in a special SNL Road to the White House report back in 2007. “Why not? We just had a retarded one,” he concluded. A decade later, we might ask Rock the same about an orange president and let him do what he does best: deliver a punchline. Sure, he paid his dues on SNL in the ’90s and went on to find A-list success on television, in films, and as an Oscars host, but make no mistake about it: Chris Rock is a stand-up comedian first and foremost, and it’s been nine years since he last brought his singular, foul-mouthed worldview to stages. And given the racial and political tensions of our times, never has his perspective and ability to find humor in the bleakest of realities been more needed. –Matt Melis


    Chris Rock 2017 Tour Dates:
    02/14 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
    02/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Aronoff Center for the Arts
    02/18 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
    02/21 – Niagra Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort
    02/22 – Niagra Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort
    02/23 – Niagra Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort
    02/24 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
    02/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
    03/03 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
    03/05 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theater
    03/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
    03/24 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall
    03/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
    03/29 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live
    04/06 – Tulsa, OK @ River Spirit Casino Resort
    04/07 – Thackerville, OK @ Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino
    04/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
    04/14 – Tampa, FL @ David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
    04/19 – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
    04/22 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
    04/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
    05/03 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
    05/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
    05/13 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Center
    05/14 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
    05/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
    05/25 – Cherokee, NC @ Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center
    05/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
    06/03 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Event Center