Finally, the weather is good enough to dance around some outdoor venues and overall bask in the sun and fun that comes with summer concert season. Every year concert promoters target the summer season to put out the biggest and best concert tours and festivals of the year. This year a few of the perennial festivals are back in full force along with some tours that should prove to be quite exciting.  This years top events range from festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza to tours like Arcade Fire, Beyonce & Jay Z, Paul McCartney and Outkast.

Top 2014 Summer Tours

Arcade Fire “Reflektor” Tour

Arcade Fire, the Canadian indie-rock band that includes a husband-wife tandem, has come out with four critically acclaimed albums, one of which won a Grammy for Album of the Year. They also scored the 2013 film Her, resulting in an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. A suggestion for concertgoers: wear your fancy clothes. Click here for a full list of Arcade Fire tour dates and tickets.

Beyonce & Jay Z “On the Run” Tour

The greatest power couple in music–and quite possibly the world–are embarking on one of the most anticipated tours in years. Expect to hear classics like “03 Bonnie & Clyde” and “Crazy in Love,” and more recent hits like “Drunk in Love.” Don’t expect Solange to be the opening act, at least if Jay Z has anything to say about it. We kid, we kid. Click here for a full list of “On the Run” tour dates and tickets.

Jack White “Lazaretto” Tour

After making a name for himself as the leader of the rock duo The White Stripes, Jack White has had tremendous success as a solo artist. Rolling Stone magazine listed him as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time, while The New York Times called him “the coolest, weirdest, savviest rock star of our time.” Now, the rock icon will hit the road in support of his amazing new record, Lazaretto. Click here for a full list of tour dates and tickets.

Outkast Reunion Tour

Ms. Jackson, I am for real: OutKast is back. After focusing on their solo careers for the past seven years, the seminal hip-hop duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi are reuniting to perform at music festivals around the world. Get ready to shake it, sha-sha shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture. Click here for a full list of Outkast tour dates and tickets.

Paul McCartney “Out There” Tour

It’s a rare thing to see an artist with a career spanning over 50 years, who can still kill it onstage. Paul McCartney is one of those artists. While the former Beatle has been resting up from an illness that hit him while on the road, we’re sure that once he’s fully recovered it will have been worth the wait. Click here for a full list of Paul McCartney “Out There” tour dates and tickets.

Phish Summer Tour

Another summer, another Phish tour. Since returning from hiatus, this seminal jam band has had a summer tour every year since 2009. They’ve been one of the most successful and popular rock n’ roll acts in America, yet have never had a number one song. Their secret? Well, you’ll just have to see them live to find out. Click here for a full list of Phish summer tour dates and tickets.

Robyn & Royksopp “Do It Again” Tour

Want to attend three amazing concerts in one? This summer, catch longtime collaborators Robyn and Royksopp on the road together. Each artist will each take turns performing a set, culminating in a shared third set in which both chart-topping acts will take the stage to perform their hits together. Click here for a full list of Robyn & Royksopp “Do it Again” tour dates and tickets.

Eminem & Rihanna “The Monster” Tour

Sure, a five-date tour isn’t necessarily an epic summer blowout, but when we’re talking about Eminem and Rihanna it kind of is. After teaming up for smash songs “Love the Way You Lie” and most recently, “The Monster,” the two are finally hitting the road together for shows in Los Angeles, New Jersey, and of course, Detroit. Click here for a full list of Eminem tour dates and tickets.

Nine Inch Nail & Soundgarden Tour

Soundgarden and NIN were the leaders of grunge music in the 90s. Twenty years later, and they’re still as popular as ever. Formed by Chris Cornell, Soundgarden has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. And how about the Trent Reznor-led NIN? Over 20 million as well. And, the last time that these two bands performed together? You guessed it: 20 years ago. Click here for a full list of Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden tour dates and tickets.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tour

When he was starting out, Tom Petty’s goal was to “break some new ground” and “make some little dent in rock.” He and his band have definitely succeeded. Since forming in 1976, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have been one of the most popular rock bands of all-time, with over 80 million records sold worldwide. Catch them on tour this summer with Steve Winwood performing as the opener. Not too shabby. Click here for a full list of Tom Petty tour dates and tickets.

Justin Timberlake “20/20 Experience” World Tour

JT has really been making up for lost time. After taking a five-year break from music, he’s been on tour since last summer. Definitely “not a bad thing.” Jay-Z won’t be by JT’s side this summer, but the 20/20 Experience Tour should still be awesome. Click here for a full list of JT “20/20 Experience” tour dates and tickets.

Summer Concert Events & Tickets

2015 Summer Concerts in the U.S.

Maggie Valley, NC
Pittsburgh, PA
Ann Arbor, MI
Washington, DC
Annandale, VA
Colonial Beach, VA
Hedgesville, WV
Providence, RI
Chicago, IL
Marinette, WI
North Platte, NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
New Braunfels, TX
Littleton, CO
Everett, WA
Long Beach, CA
Seattle, WA
Cashmere, WA
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Seattle, WA
Pleasanton, CA
Stanford, CA
Croton On Hudson, NY
Telluride, CO
Dover, DE
Las Vegas, NV
New York, NY
Mack, CO
Las Vegas, NV
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Lenox, MA
Minneapolis, MN
Salisbury, MD
Ventura, CA
Chicago, IL
Branson, MO
Columbus, OH
Pittsburgh, PA
Chicago, IL
Salamanca, NY
Buffalo, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Salisbury, MD
Uncasville, CT
New York, NY
Cambridge, MA
Columbus, OH
Kingston, NY

For a complete list of summer concert tickets, click here.

Top 100 Most Expensive Summer Tours*

Tour Name Start Date** End Date Avg. Ticket Price
One Direction with 5 Seconds of Summer 2014-08-01 2014-09-21 $270.96
Katy Perry with Kacey Musgraves 2014-06-22 2014-09-20 $243.13
Luke Bryan with Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice and Cole Swindell 2014-06-21 2014-09-20 $237.14
Bruno Mars with Aloe Blacc 2014-06-21 2014-08-23 $235.84
Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert 2014-07-11 2014-09-20 $221.26
Beyonce with Jay-Z 2014-06-25 2014-09-13 $206.09
Justin Timberlake 2014-07-09 2014-08-12 $203.23
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper 2014-07-02 2014-08-31 $198.17
Zac Brown Band with Sturgill Simpson 2014-06-21 2014-09-14 $197.03
Lady Gaga with Lady Starlight and CRAYON POP 2014-06-28 2014-08-09 $195.66
Fall Out Boy with Paramore and New Politics 2014-06-21 2014-08-30 $189.33
Paul McCartney 2014-06-21 2014-08-14 $187.01
Dave Matthews Band 2014-06-21 2014-09-06 $183.89
OneRepublic with The Script 2014-06-21 2014-08-28 $182.95
Summerfest with Bruno Mars, Aloe Blacc 2014-06-25 2014-07-30 $181.29
Blake Shelton with The Band Perry and Neal McCoy 2014-06-21 2014-09-20 $180.33
Queen with Adam Lambert 2014-06-24 2014-07-28 $178.58
James Taylor 2014-06-21 2014-08-09 $177.27
Nine Inch Nails with Soundgarden and Death Grips 2014-07-19 2014-08-30 $175.21
Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival with Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett 2014-06-21 2014-08-30 $174.23
KISS with Def Leppard 2014-06-23 2014-08-31 $170.58
Journey with Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power 2014-06-21 2014-09-01 $168.10
Linkin Park with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI 2014-08-08 2014-09-18 $167.46
Phish 2014-07-01 2014-08-31 $162.66
Cher with Cyndi Lauper 2014-06-21 2014-09-20 $162.16
Eagles 2014-06-23 2014-09-18 $160.56
Keith Urban with Brett Eldredge 2014-07-12 2014-09-13 $157.68
Arcade Fire with Pixies and Ham Sandwich 2014-06-29 2014-08-30 $156.47
Michael Buble 2014-06-22 2014-08-03 $155.22
Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana and Country Megaticket 2014-06-21 2014-09-21 $154.35
Arctic Monkeys with Miles Kane and Jake Bugg and Royal Blood 2014-06-21 2014-09-04 $153.88
Tim McGraw with Country Megaticket and Cassadee Pope and Kip Moore 2014-06-21 2014-09-12 $153.86
Miranda Lambert with Tyler Farr 2014-07-11 2014-09-20 $153.09
John Legend with Marsha Ambrosius 2014-06-22 2014-08-26 $152.92
Jack White 2014-07-05 2014-09-17 $151.56
Jack Johnson with Michael Kiwanuka 2014-07-20 2014-09-01 $149.76
Aerosmith with Slash 2014-07-10 2014-09-09 $149.63
Britney Spears 2014-08-15 2014-09-10 $148.59
Brand New with Joyce Manor 2014-07-05 2014-09-04 $147.93
Toby Keith with Colt Ford 2014-06-28 2014-09-20 $145.05
Brad Paisley with Randy Houser and Country Megaticket and Charlie Worsham 2014-06-22 2014-09-20 $144.74
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood 2014-08-03 2014-09-21 $142.95
Sarah McLachlan 2014-06-21 2014-08-03 $142.63
Goo Goo Dolls with Daughtry and Plain White T’s 2014-06-21 2014-08-31 $142.12
Austin Mahone with Fifth Harmony 2014-06-23 2014-09-09 $140.62
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium 2014-07-05 2014-08-10 $139.67
Ray Lamontagne with Jenny Lewis 2014-06-24 2014-08-13 $137.84
Panic! At The Disco with Fitz and the Tantrums and Walk The Moon and Twenty One Pilots 2014-07-18 2014-08-31 $137.16
Kings of Leon with Young The Giant 2014-06-22 2014-09-17 $136.63
Chicago with REO Speedwagon 2014-07-31 2014-09-12 $134.43
Counting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket 2014-06-22 2014-08-17 $134.19
Boston with Cheap Trick 2014-06-21 2014-09-05 $133.81
Lionel Richie with Cee Lo Green 2014-06-22 2014-08-03 $133.66
Lady Antebellum 2014-07-19 2014-09-07 $133.38
Steely Dan 2014-07-02 2014-09-21 $132.57
Sara Bareilles with Emily King and Hannah Georgas 2014-07-10 2014-08-14 $131.56
Ed Sheeran 2014-08-21 2014-09-18 $129.75
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band 2014-06-21 2014-07-19 $129.72
Beck 2014-06-24 2014-08-21 $127.74
Crosby, Stills & Nash 2014-07-02 2014-09-20 $127.25
Wiz Khalifa with Ty Dolla $ign and Iamsu and Under the Influence of Music Tour and Rich Homie Quan 2014-07-24 2014-08-24 $126.03
Dierks Bentley with Chris Young and Country Megaticket and Chase Rice and Jon Pardi 2014-06-28 2014-08-22 $125.80
Warped Tour with Yellowcard, Anberlin, Mayday Parade 2014-06-21 2014-08-02 $125.20
Florida Georgia Line 2014-06-21 2014-09-15 $123.13
Rod Stewart 2014-06-21 2014-09-21 $121.85
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with THE BAD SEED 2014-06-21 2014-07-31 $121.79
The Avett Brothers 2014-06-21 2014-09-14 $121.45
Tori Amos 2014-07-16 2014-08-24 $121.13
Drake with Lil Wayne 2014-08-08 2014-09-20 $121.00
Shania Twain 2014-07-09 2014-08-30 $120.96
Robbie Williams 2014-06-22 2014-07-12 $119.33
Train with Gin Blossoms 2014-07-10 2014-09-21 $119.01
Darius Rucker with Eric Paslay 2014-06-21 2014-09-20 $118.44
Lee Evans 2014-06-21 2014-09-21 $118.39
Passenger 2014-08-02 2014-09-14 $118.33
Styx with Foreigner and Don Felder 2014-06-23 2014-09-19 $117.30
The Black Keys with Cage the Elephant 2014-09-05 2014-09-21 $117.26
O.A.R. with Phillip Phillips 2014-06-21 2014-07-26 $117.07
Lindsey Stirling 2014-06-21 2014-07-12 $116.43
Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss 2014-06-21 2014-08-23 $115.84
Flume 2014-07-13 2014-08-11 $115.73
ZZ Top with Jeff Beck 2014-07-25 2014-09-13 $114.51
The Neighbourhood with Travi$ Scott 2014-06-21 2014-08-31 $112.16
Diana Ross 2014-06-21 2014-09-19 $111.80
Elvis Costello 2014-06-21 2014-09-08 $110.47
Lynyrd Skynyrd with Bad Company 2014-07-10 2014-08-30 $110.01
Gavin DeGraw 2014-06-22 2014-09-20 $109.99
Peter Frampton 2014-06-22 2014-08-27 $109.81
The Fray with A Great Big World 2014-06-22 2014-09-09 $109.14
David Gray 2014-06-23 2014-08-31 $108.64
Veruca Salt with Battleme 2014-06-22 2014-07-26 $108.44
Yes 2014-07-06 2014-08-24 $107.60
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with Rick Springfield 2014-06-27 2014-08-30 $105.98
The Offspring with Pennywise and The Vandals and Bad Religion and Stiff Little Fingers 2014-07-11 2014-09-11 $104.55
Jake Owen with Charlie Worsham 2014-06-27 2014-09-05 $104.41
Yanni 2014-08-07 2014-09-21 $102.72
311 2014-06-26 2014-08-10 $102.58
Little Big Town 2014-06-21 2014-08-16 $102.35
Heart 2014-06-22 2014-09-16 $99.87

*As determined by secondary market ticket prices.

**Some tours may have begun earlier than 6/21/14.

Summer Concert Venues

Most concert goers regard summer outdoor venues as some of the best places to experience a concert.  The whole aura of being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air while listening to some great tunes is always a good time.  From the Hollywood Bowl in California to the Summer Stage Concert series at Central Park in New York, outdoor venues are gearing up for the summer.  Follow the links below to read more about outdoor venues and which ones draw the highest ticket prices on average.

Summer Concert Venues Link Roundup

Summer Festivals

If you don’t have the time to attend a bunch of concerts to see you favorite artists or if you want to get a great bang for your buck, the summer festivals are your best bet.  Whether its a travelling festival like the Vans Warped Tour or a one time only festival like Coachella, there is a festival out there to suit your needs.  The vibe at festivals is unrivaled most regular concerts in that the crowd is usually larger and it gives you the chance to see a few new bands who could be next years big thing.  Summer festivals are here to stay and shouldn’t be missed.

Summer Festivals Link Roundup

Summer Concert Videos

Arcade Fire

Eminem & Rihanna


Robyn & Royksopp

Paul McCartney