Some acts are saying goodbye, while others are performing in their prime. This year promises musicianship across the board. From Ariana Grande’s Sweetener tour, to Elton John’s farewell to the road, 2019 will be marked by live music greatness. Here are the Most Anticipated Concert Tours of 2019.
This February, Robyn will embark on a North American tour in support of last year’s solo album Honey. Despite the long break between her two records, Robyn’s fanbase has demanded a tour including most major cities, including New York, where the Swedish songwriter has already sold out her show at Madison Square Garden. The tour wraps March 14th in Toronto, Ontario.
This past November, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples surprise dropped FM!, the follow-up to 2017’s Big Fish Theory. Operating similarly to the iconic “Big Boy’s Neighborhood”, FM! generates the energy of a neighborhood block party, though some rooms are darkened. This year, Vince Staples will embark on the “Smile, You’re on Camera” Tour, with support from Compton rapper Buddy and Baltimore MC JPEGMAFIA.
The Cry Pretty singer has arranged a huge kindness to her fans. Much like 2016’s “Storyteller” Tour which featured a round stage, Underwood and her band will be performing on a new, round stage in the middle of the arena floor that will give fans an intimate view of the singer. Runaway June and Maddie & Tae will support Carrie Underwood on her all-female “Cry Pretty” Tour.
It’s been a big year for Paul McCartney, who released a new LP, announced the “Freshen Up” tour, and continues to drop singles, his latest being the wild, shamelessly auto-tuned “Get Enough”. His upcoming “Freshen Up” tour supports 2018’s Egypt Station, and will mainly be hosted in arenas and baseball stadiums. If you haven’t seized the opportunity to see Paul McCartney live in the past, we suggest taking the opportunity now, on his “Freshen Up” tour.
There’s no question as so who is the most anticipated artist to tour in 2019. In support of her recent LP Sweetener and subsequent singles “thank u, next” and “imagine”, Ariana Grande will embark on a tour of epic proportions. The young vocalist’s “Sweetener” tour will include a headlining performance at Day 3 of Coachella, making Grande the fourth ever female and youngest performer to be awarded the gig.
Houston-born, G.O.O.D Music artist Travis Scott is touring in support of 2018’s Astroworld, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 in August and climbed back to No. 1 last month. So far, Travis Scott’s “Astroworld: Wish You Were Here” tour has drawn A-List crowds, chiefly his L.A show which was attended by Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye, Kim Kardashian, and Halsey. To put it simply, Travis Scott’s tour is a must-see this year, as it’s one of the best hip-hop concerts on the bill.
The Rolling Stones
There’s just no stopping them. 57 years later, The Rolling Stones are not only kicking, they are recording and performing. This upcoming Spring and Summer, fans will find The Rolling Stones touring stadiums and arenas on a limited North American tour. Though the list of scheduled tour dates is relatively short, The Stones are reportedly hard at work on their first album since 2016’s Blue and Lonesome, which leads us to believe this won’t be their final stint on the road.
Adam Lambert + Queen
Following the mass success of the movie Rhapsody, Queen has decided to call upon Adam Lambert, again, to front the band on what will be the “Rhapsody” Tour. The show is set “to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music,” according to a press release. Since Queen’s music has been climbing the charts as of late, we think the “Rhapsody” tour will have plenty of takers, so don’t sleep on getting your tickets!
Now, with the boost of Room 25 and all of its funk, neo-soul energy, Chicago rapper Noname has plenty of material to deliver a set fans will be talking about for weeks. Noname’s 19-date tour begins in January, and according to reviews from her stint through Australia, Noname refuses pretention, and is as fresh, intimate, and provocative in person as her deeply personal sophomore album Room 25.
Hootie & The Blowfish
Hootie & the Blowfish, known for their skyrocket from college bars to the 1996 Grammy Awards ceremony, are returning with the “Group Therapy” Tour, in addition to releasing a new album. Since their hiatus, member Darius Rucker has really paved a country music career for himself. Now that the band is back together, and with new material to boot, Rucker has said he is “looking forward to rocking again.” The “Group Therapy” tour will feature Barenaked Ladies.
Will the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour really be Sir Elton John’s final journey across the world’s stages? We think so. Over 50 years into his career, the iconic singer and piano player Elton John has decided to retire. But first, he has dedicated three years to the act of saying goodbye, which includes 2019, where he will spend most of his time touring North America. Looking to hear your favorite Elton John songs live, one last time? Fans in the Americas, we suggest snagging those tickets soon, as the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour is destined to sell-out.