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11 Must-See Summer 2014 Tours

Festival season is in full swing, but here's why you need to get up close and personal with Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Skrillex and more at their live shows

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Beyonce & Jay Z

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What: Mr. and Mrs. Carter's On the Run Tour

When: June 25 – August 5

Everyone's favorite couple (Kimye who?) are hitting the road together, co-headlining a series of U.S. and Canadian dates this summer. It kicks off in Miami at the Sun Life Stadium. The dates were recently announced and there are only a handful of them, fingers crossed Jay and Bey add more. Demand it, people!

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One Direction

BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 22: (L-R) Musicians Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik perform ons
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What: The Where We Are Tour with 5 Seconds of Summer

When: April 25 – October 5

The biggest boy band in the world is at it again, this time with their largest stadium tour to date. No matter where you live there’s a good chances the British babes are coming to you! They're currently on the road with Aussie hunks 5 Seconds of Summer. Swoon City!

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Jack White

UNVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 9: Jack White performs during KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas Day Two at Gibson Amphitheatre on
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What: The Lazaretto Tour

When: May 29 – August 31

The roll-out for Jack White’s second solo album Lazaretto has already been insane, with the announcement of the hologram vinyl edition and the single-day vinyl recording on Record Store Day. For his summer tour, White is interspersing massive festival headlining gigs like Bonnaroo with a slew of small theater shows. He's one of the best rock performers today, and mixes up his new songs with classic White Stripes and Raconteurs jams.

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Katy Perry

BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 07: Katy Perry performs on stage on the opening night of her Prismatic World Tour at Odyssey Ar
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What: The pop star's Prismatic Tour

When: June 22 – October 10

Katy Perry's world tour rolls into the U.S. this June, bringing with it an assortment of bejeweled props, an inflatable dress and backup dancers dressed like cats. A Katy Perry tour is the ultimate in spectacle: Each song exists in its own world of crazy colors, costumes and props. Plus, she's mashing up her Prism track "International Smile" with Madonna's "Vogue"—worth the price of admission alone!

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Justin Timberlake

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Justin Timberlake performs on the opening night of his UK tour at Motorpoint Arena on March 30
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What: JT's never-ending 20/20 Experience tour

When: July 9 – August 12

Justin Timberlake has been touring non-stop since the release of his critically acclaimed comeback album The 20/20 Experience. This latest coast-to-coast arena tour is another opportunity to see why he’s one of the best R&B performers in the game. Yes, his vocals are fantastic, but there are very few people working his level of charisma. We dare you to not be utterly charmed.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Skrillex performs HARD Day Of The Dead at at Los Angeles Historical Park on November 2, 2013 i
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What: The Mothership Tour

When: May 23 – July 30

Skrillex pulled a fast one on all of us with his surprise Recess album, which sounds like it was crafted to produce an epic live show. There are build-ups that feel explicitly tailored to hype up a crowd, and the collaborators' verses feel like samples—so if Chance the RapperCL or G-Dragon aren't onstage, there won't be an obvious guest star missing. Though we're keeping our fingers crossed for special guests to pop out throughout the tour.

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Panic! at the Disco

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Singer Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco performs onstage at The Wiltern on February 16, 201
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What: The Gospel Tour with Walk the Moon

When: July 18 – August 28

We already showed you what the PATD guys are like are on their tour bus and now it's time for you to see them up close in all their dramatic pop-punk glory. The band mounted a major comeback with "Miss Jackson" and "This Is Gospel" earning their biggest chart hits in years, but you can certainly count on a healthy dose of nostalgic singles like "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and "Nine in the Afternoon." Brendon Urie & Co. announced the tour via this hilarious televangelist video.

Look out for Walk the Moon as openers along with rising indie-pop outfits Youngblood Hawke and Magic Man on select dates.

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Robyn & Röyksopp

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What: The Joint Do It Again Tour 

When: June 26 – August 22

Frequent collaborators Robyn and Röyksopp drop a collaborative EP Do It Again on May 26 and follow it up with a co-headlining summer tour a month later. When the Swedish dance diva and the Norwegian electronic duo get together on record, the studio can barely withstand their combined electricity—expect the Do It Again Tour to be one of the summer's hottest live shows.

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Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden

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What: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden's summer tour with Death Grips

When: July 19 – August 30

Never underestimate the power of the ‘90s. These two alt-rock fixtures have teamed up for a trek around summer sheds, but don’t think Trent Reznor will be thinking about the past too hard. Expect a heavy dose of Hesitation Marks tracks, fueled by Reznor’s trademark growl.

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AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Musicians Brent Kutzle (L) and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic perform in concert at ACL Live on Septem
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What: Ryan Tedder & Co.'s Native Tour

When: May 17 – August 30

Native is OneRepublic’s third studio album, ending the group’s almost-four-year hiatus. They did some touring but only in Europe… until now! Fans of the band have waited patiently and their prayers have been answers. The guys will be on the road almost the entirety of the summer, hitting most major American cities.

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Queen With Adam Lambert

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Adam Labert (L) and Brian May of Queen perform onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at
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What: QueenAdam Lambert Tour

When: June 19 – July 20

As any Glambert will tell you, this cross-generational musical partnership has been a long time in the making. As a hopeful American Idol contestant in 2009, Lambert busted out "We Are the Champions" with remaining members Brian May and Roger Taylor at the show's season finale. They continued to tease a formal musical relationship with a handful shows from 2011 through 2013, but this new tour will be their lengthiest time together. Adam belting "Bohemian Rhapsody" throughout an arena? Finally!!!

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