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30 Most Anticipated Tours of 2019

Here comes rock royalty, the Queen of Pop, and even a former First Lady

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    As the drip, drip, drip of festival lineups starts leaking, we shouldn’t forget that there’s more than one way to catch a show this year. Festivals are the perfect scene to load up buffet style on old and new music alike. It’s also a chance to see an artist you love get to strut their stuff in front of a large, new group of potential fans.

    Still, if you only can see a favorite act once, maybe the tour route — be it a dark, dingy (they call it intimate) club, a festival-size outdoor stage, or a corporate arena with ice beneath the floorboards — makes more sense. Either way, here are 30 artists, bands, comedians, and personalities that we’ll be checking out in 2019 when their tours roll through our neighborhoods.

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    Anderson .Paak

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    Anderson .Paak, photo by Lior Phillips

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    Anderson .Paak has mapped out an extensive 2019 trek officially dubbed “Andy’s Beach Club World Tour” in continued support of his new album, Oxnard. His global tour officially launches February 11th with a North American leg that includes stops in San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Toronto. .Paak and his Free Nationals band will then head off to Europe, where they’ll play for audiences in Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Manchester, Berlin, and Milan. And, yes, the windows on his private jet will be tinted. –Lake Schatz

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    A$AP Rocky

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    Earlier this week, ASAP Rocky embarked on his “Injured Generation” North American tour, which comes in support of his latest album, Testing. The tour began in Minneapolis and Chicago and will turn north for a couple days in Canada before hopscotching across the United States through the rest of January and part of February. Rocky’s opening acts will include Playboi Carti, Ski Mask The Slump God, and Comethazine. –Alex Young

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    The Chemical Brothers

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    The Chemical Brothers

    The Chemical Brothers look to be out in full force in 2019. They’ve got a new video and single out as well as plans to drop their new album, No Geography, in the spring via EMI. Additionally, the UK electronic duo have mapped out their first tour dates in four years, including short stints in both North America (May 2019) and the UK (November 2019). The last time the pair played live was back in 2015, so don’t miss your chance to free yourself. –Lake Schatz

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    The Cure

    The Cure, photo by Debi Del Grande

    The Cure, photo by Debi Del Grande

    The Cure are showing no signs of slowing down — even as they celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not only has the band mapped out an extensive festival tour for 2019, but they’re also just weeks away from finishing their first new album in over a decade. Smith previously said the band would be playing up to 20 festivals next summer. Thus far, they’ve confirmed appearances at a number of prominent European events, including Belgium’s Rock Werchter, Portugal’s NOS Alive, and Spain’s Mad Cool Festival. For a band who once lamented they had to play large venues after having become so popular, they now seem to embrace nothing more than the chance to cheer up (or is it bum out) a sea of their fans. –Alex Young

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    Dido

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    The English hitmaker Dido is set to return with her first album in five years in early March. In support of the new record, the singer has already mapped out her first tour in 15 years, which includes a North American run in June. Along with material off the new record, Still on My Mind, her setlist is expected to include smash singles like No Angel cut “Here with Me” and “White Flag”, taken from 2003’s Life for Rent. 2019 has Comeback of the Year written all over it for Dido. –Lake Schatz

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    The Good, the Bad & the Queen

    The Good The Bad & The Queen on Jools Holland

    The Good The Bad & The Queen on Jools Holland

    After the success of their return album, Merrie Land, and a short stint of UK tour dates to round out 2018, The Good, the Bad & the Queen will be extending their reunion through a small handful of UK dates in April. As for the rest of us, we’ll just have to hope that the group have the whites of their eyes set on America next. –Regan Bexler.

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    The Hives and Refused

    This spring, The Hives will embark on their first US tour in six years. Better yet, they’ll be sharing the stage with Refused. “The Scream Team Tour” takes place in May and is bookended by festival appearances at Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio and Las Vegas’ Punk Rock Bowling. In between, they’ll visit Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Lawrence, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. –Alex Young

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    Hootie and the Blowfish

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    Hootie and the Blowfish on The Tonight Show

    Seminal roots rock band Hootie and the Blowfish will reunite in 2019, with plans to tour the US and release new music. The Darius Rucker-led outfit has mapped out an expansive 44-city summer tour, which kicks off May 30th in Virginia Beach and runs through mid-September. It marks the band’s first extended outing of the US in over a decade. What’s more, they’ll be joined on the road by Barenaked Ladies, who will open all of Hootie’s reunion shows. –Alex Young

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    Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra

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    Jeff Lynne’s ELO on Jimmy Kimmel

    This past summer, Jeff Lynne’s ELO embarked on their first extensive North American tour in 35 years. Fans of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame outfit won’t have to wait nearly as long to see them again; ELO have announced a new 20-date swing for summer 2019. This time around, ELO will hit secondary markets like Anaheim, Sacramento, Vancouver, Tampa, St. Paul, and Pittsburgh. Looks like nothing but Mr. Blue Skies for folks in those towns. –Alex Young

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    KISS

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    Whether you believe them or not, the members of KISS say their upcoming tour will indeed be their last. Their “End of the Road World Tour” kicks off in North America beginning at the end of January and spans 65 dates across two continents. Following the American leg, which runs through mid-April, the band will make their way across the Atlantic for shows in the UK, Europe, and Russia.

    The band have also announced a second North American tour leg that will keep the guys on the road throughout August and September. The second North American leg begins August 6th in Sunrise, Florida, and runs through a September 16th date in Oakland, California. According to a press release, the recently announced first leg of KISS’ farewell tour has reached more than half a million tickets sold. Talk about an army. –Alex Young and Anne Erickson

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    Madonna

    Madonna at VMAs

    Madonna at VMAs

    2019 is shaping up to be a busy year for Madonna, who is reported to be releasing a new album and embarking on a world tour. She hinted at her upcoming year in an Instagram post, writing: “2019………..????. Im going make you my best friend, my mother, my father, my son, my daughter, my sister, my brother, my lover, my ride or die, my co-pilot, my confidante, my muse, my spirit animal, my teacher, my stage, my audience, my high priestess. ????. My Queen, My Warrior, My Word, My Prayer ???????? that I. Send out to the world! ???????????? #2019 #newyear #newlife #newbeginning”.

    While that message may read immaterial to non-Instagram users, we’re pretty sure it means big things (and huge shows) for the Material Girl. –Alex Young

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    Massive Attack

    Massive Attack, photo by Philip Cosores

    Massive Attack, photo by Philip Cosores

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    Massive Attack will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album, Mezzanine, by embarking on a tour in 2019. Beginning in March, the legendary trip-hop outfit will play a string of shows in North America, marking their first performances on this side of the Atlantic in five years. The 13-date North American jaunt kicks off in Boston on March 11th. Notable shows include a March 15th stop at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, a visit to the Detroit Masonic Temple on the 22nd, and a two-night stint at the Hollywood Palladium at the end of the month.

    Described by Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja as band’s “own personalised nostalgia nightmare head trip,” the forthcoming jaunt will consist of a one-off audiovisual production that has been “reconstructed from the original samples and influences.” A number of Massive Attack collaborators will join the band on the road, including “Teardrop” singer Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins. –Alex Young

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    Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney launched the European leg of his “Freshen Up Tour” in December, which comes in support of his latest album, Egypt Station. This spring, Macca will cross the Atlantic for a series of dates in both North and South America.

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    In March, McCartney will play shows in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. A little less than two months later, he’ll kick off a previously announced North American leg. McCartney has already confirmed several additional US dates, including his first-ever performance at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI (6/8), as well as his return to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (7/13). –Alex Young

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    Meek Mill

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    Meek Mill

    Meek Mill has announced his first tour since being released from prison in April. Dubbed “The Motivation Tour”, it’s a 15-date US outing that’s slated to run from February through March. Miami, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Denver are among the stops listed, as are Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and the rapper’s own hometown of Philadelphia. These 2019 concert dates come in support of Championships, Meek’s new album. –Lake Schatz

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    Mitski

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    Mitski recently wrapped her acclaimed US fall tour in support of Be the Cowboy, which Consequence of Sound just crowned best album of 2018. The indie rocker plans to return to the states in the spring, however, per an announcement made on Twitter. Following a short stint in Australia and New Zealand for Laneway Festival, Mitski will embark on a US tour that extends from late March through the end of April. Louisville, Kansas City, Orlando, Richmond, and Baltimore are among the stops on her itinerary; she’s also scheduled to play at Charleston’s High Water Festival. Support will be provided by fellow singer-songwriter Jay Som. –Lake Schatz

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    Mumford & Sons

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    Mumford & Sons on BBC Live Lounge

    Mumford & Sons previously teased a 60-date world tour in support of their fourth LP, Delta, which came out in November. Now, the UK folk quartet have detailed and embarked on the massive outing, their largest tour to date. Kicking off last November in Ireland, the jaunt will find the band covering every inch of Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Maggie Rogers will open for the band on a handful of dates, as will Michael Kiwanuka. –Randall Colburn

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    Noname

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    Noname, photo by Ben Kaye

    Back in September, Noname gifted fans with Room 25, her first proper debut album and one of the best records we at Consequence of Sound heard in 2018. Now, in continued support of that stellar release, the Chicago-born rapper has further extended her 2019 North American tour. Following a stateside stint to kick off the year, this new batch of tour dates takes place in February and March. The itinerary will see Noname bring Room 25 to cities such as Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, New Orleans, and Denver. Additional concerts are also listed for Salt Lake City, Seattle, Vancouver, San Diego, and Portland. –Lake Schatz

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    Michelle Obama

    Michelle Obama Becoming Book tour dates 2018

    Michelle Obama, photo by Philip Cosores

    To promote her new memoir, former First Lady Michelle Obama recently embarked on an expansive arena tour in which she participated in conversations moderated by celebrities including Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Phoebe Robinson, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Now, Obama has added a second leg of dates for early 2019.

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    The 21-date swing includes 11 additional shows in the US, as well as four dates in Canada. In a testament to her global appeal, Obama will also visit Europe for events in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and beyond. As was the case for the first leg, each date will feature a soon-to-be-announced moderator who will appear in conversation with Obama. –Alex Young

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    Phish

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    Trey Anastasio will embark on a tour with his new band, Ghosts of the Forest, this spring, but fear not Phish fans: Anastasio will also spend the summer with the band that made him famous on a newly announced summer trek. The jam legends have announced a number of their standard multi-night arena shows in cities like St. Louis, Columbia, Camden, and Boston, where they’ll play two gigs at Fenway Park. The jam band will also play three sets at this year’s Bonnaroo, with one sure-to-be legendary late-night set on Friday and a double headlining performance to close out the festival on Sunday. –Randall Colburn

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    Queen and Adam Lambert

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    This summer, Queen will look to capitalize on the success of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody by striking out on a massive North American tour with frontman Adam Lambert. Dubbed the “Rhapsody Tour”, the 23-date trek will bring the classic rock titans to major markets throughout the US and Canada. Things kick off July 10th in Vancouver, British Columbia with further stops in Dallas, Phoenix, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Tampa, and Atlanta. It all culminates with an August 23rd gig in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Queen’s two remaining co-founding members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, said in a statement that they were “raring to get back in the saddle” for the new shows. “This is a great opportunity,” May said. “Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America!” –Ben Kaye

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