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25 Must-See Summer Tours: Beyoncé, Bieber, Blink-182 & More

From Warped Tour and Mad Decent Block Party to the return of Deftones and the disbandment of Motion City Soundtrack, here are all the gigs you need to hit

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HOUSTON, TX - MAY 07: Beyonce performs onstage during 'The Formation World Tour' at NRG Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Houston, Te
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What: Formation World Tour

When: Through August 3 (followed by eight more dates beginning Sept. 7)

Why you should go: There's never in human history been a better time to see (or be) Beyoncé. Her sixth album, Lemonade, is a godsend. She's doing an all-stadium solo tour for the first time. (How has it taken this long...?) DJ Khaled is opening and bringing marquee rappers out on the regular. Except for probably Hamilton, no ticket in the world holds greater potential right now.—Zach Dionne

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Adele performs at Genting Arena on March 29, 2016 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Gareth C
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What: Adele Live 2016

When: July 5 to November 15

Why you should go: If you've even caught just one story about Adele's current jaunt through Europe in support of 25, you've already been reminded that the endlessly charming Brit brings her charisma directly to her audiences every night. With at least two concerts in every city—and six in New York and L.A.—this should be a perfect communal celebration of 25’s massive impact on music.—Zach Dionne

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Slipknot & Marilyn Manson

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What: What’s that? Your face melting completely off? Oh, okay.

When: June 9 to August 5

Why you should go: Lots of heads will be banging when Slipknot brings special guest Marilyn Manson as well as Of Mice & Men to a town near you. Corey Taylor has proclaimed that Slipknot is working on new music to follow up 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter; perhaps we’ll get a new song by the time this live run commences?—Jason Lipshutz

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Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas


What: Future Now Tour

When: June 24 to September 17

Why you should go: There's hasn't been a summer tour team-up this strong since Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera's Justified Stripped Tour from 2003. The former Disney darlings have loads of new material to perform with Demi's Confident album along with Nick's upcoming Last Year Was Complicated LP, and we're particularly jazzed about the prospect of seeing them duet night after night. Hopefully we get a performance of "Avalanche" during at least one show.—Jeff Benjamin

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Mad Decent Block Party

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 04: DJ Lunice performs onstage at the 2012 Mad Decent Block Party at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
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What: Mad Decent Block Party 2016

When: July 30 to October 1

Why you should go: The annual Mad Decent Block Party is known for bringing an insane fiesta to your city throughout the summer and this year looks like it's going to be its biggest yet. There are huge EDM names like DiploKaskadeTiesto and Dillon Francis, but also some unexpected surprises, most notably in Kesha. The embattled singer will finally get to hit the road again and connect with fans onstage thanks to the block party, and we can't wait to see what she delivers in these live shows.—Jeff Benjamin

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Drake & Future

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 20: Rapper Future and Drake perform at Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash Block Show at Philips Arena on June 20, 201
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What: Summer Sixteen Tour

When: July 20 to September 18

Why you should go: Rap's most powerful tag-team have hit the road together for extended stretches before, but they didn't have a joint mixtape back then, or the song "Jumpman," or Views, Purple Reign and EVOL to build setlists from. (Or, let’s be honest, Dirty Sprite 2, still.) It'll be interesting to see how Future's rough edges work with Drake's exceptionally feelings-y, melodic new album for a cohesive night. But there’s no bigger hip-hop tour to look forward to in 2016 so far.—Zach Dionne

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Singer Halsey performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend
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What: Halsey’s Badlands Tour

Dates: July 6 to August 13

Why you should go: The constantly touring Halsey has revealed that she’s extending her Badlands Tour dates even further. After opening for The Weeknd last year and then going out on her own, including a stop at Coachella, Halsey will take her dystopian vision around the country, ending with a sold-out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.—Emilee Lindner

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Jonny Buckland and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform during Passport To Brits Week at Indigo at
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What: A Head Full of Dreams Tour

When: July 16 to September 9

Why you should go: Coldplay are probably done after this one! They're amazing live! A Head Full of Dreams is good! Get it together. We'll see you there, as will Alessia Cara, who's opening.—Zach Dionne

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Guns N' Roses

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs on stage at O2 Arena on May 31, 2012 in London, United Ki
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What: Welcome back to the jungle, Slash and Duff!

When: June 23 to August 22

Why you should go: When Axl Rose isn’t leading AC/DC, he’ll be guiding a reunited GN’R through an avalanche of stadium performances. Slash and Duff McKagan are back, and so will Rose’s ability to walk by June, after a leg injury left him stationary during the band’s Coachella comeback in April.—Jason Lipshutz

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98 Degrees, O-Town & Dream

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What: MY2K Tour

When: July 8 to August 28

Why you should go: Calling all nostalgia lovers!! Get ready to break out your Juicy Couture velour tracksuits and Baby Phat jackets, because ‘00s fan favorites 98 Degrees, Dream AND O-Town (“Liquid Dream” is one of the more underrated boy band songs to date) are all planning to hit the road beginning in July. The tour is aptly called MY2K and was promoted on a Tamagotchi, so expect an onslaught of New Millennium references.—Bianca Gracie

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Alice in Chains

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18: William DuVall and Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains perform at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on Se
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What: The veteran rock group wants to tour, new album or no

When: July 6 to September 24

Why you should go: The hard rock stalwarts haven’t issued a new album since 2013, but positive reviews of their two-night stint opening for Guns N’ Roses last month—as well as, duh, the back catalog—makes this pleasant surprise of a live run a can’t-miss.—Jason Lipshutz

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Warped Tour

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 02: General view of atmosphere at Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood for the Vans Warped Tour on July 2, 2015
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What: The 2016 Vans Warped Tour

When: June 24 to August 13

Why you should go: Warped Tour is like Christmas for pop-punk/emo/screamo/metalcore kids. The biggest and best names from the scene perform alongside the smallest and most up-and-coming for a musical marriage that is both fun as hell and educational. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of bands playing? Check out our faves.—Maria Sherman

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Meghan Trainor

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 03: Meghan Trainor visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 3, 2016 in Universal City, C
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What: Meghan Trainor’s The Untouchable Tour

Dates: July 14 to September 24

Why you should go: Meghan Trainor says Thank You to fans not only by putting out her sophomore album in May, but by going out on a 26-date tour. The Untouchable Tour (nice use of the “No” lyric, Meg) will undoubtedly have Trainor in many a glittery dress, with her enhanced dance moves on display. Make sure you memorize all the lyrics on her new album and then scream them out at her show, when she comes to your town.—Emilee Lindner

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 28: Matt Skiba, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker arrive at Blind Dragon on April 28, 2016 in West Hol
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What: Blink-182's Comeback Tour

When: July 22 to October 1

Why you should go: Not only will this be Blink-182's first huge tour without founding guitarist Tom DeLonge; it'll be their first major tour in four years. The guys are coming back with a bang, bringing All Time LowAll American Rejects and A Day To Remember with them. Pop-punk ain't dead, sheeple!—Maria Sherman

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Korn & Rob Zombie

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What: A kinetic combo of road warriors

When: July 19 to September 3

Why you should go: Both Rob Zombie and Korn arguably released their best albums in 1998—but that doesn’t mean that either has lost a single step onstage in the meantime. Turn the clock back with one of the most sensible hard-rock co-headlining pairings in years.—Jason Lipshutz

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Boys Like Girls

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 24: Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls performs at the 2012 Alice Radio's Summerthing during San Fran
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What: Boys Like Girls 10 Year Anniversary Tour

When: August 5 to August 12

Why you should go: If you're located on the East Coast, there's probably really no excuse for you not to hit up the Boys Like Girls 10th anniversary tour. The band's iconic debut full-length (Yes, the one with "The Great Escape" and "Hero/Heroine") is turning a decade old this year and the guys are celebrating by playing the thing in its entirety for six nights only. Get on it!—Maria Sherman

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Gwen Stefani & Eve

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What: This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour

When: July 12 to October 8

Why you should go: Gwen Stefani and Eve are responsible for one of the best female collaborations of all time (2001’s “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”), and they plan to bring their undeniably cool personalities to the main stage! Gwen is headlining the tour in support of her latest album, but her rapstress counterpart has been quiet on the music front lately. Fingers crossed that Eve will give a taste of some new tunes while she’s on the road!—Bianca Gracie

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5 Seconds of Summer

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18: Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer performs during the 2015 Y100 Jingle Ball at BB&T Center on
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What: Sounds Live Feels Live Tour

When: April 5 to September 18

Why you should go: 5 Seconds of Summer are currently embarked on their second worldwide arena headlining tour. It's a major feat for the band, and by the looks of it, they're already killing it. If you want to have a good time at a young person rock and roll show, look no further.—Maria Sherman

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Motion City Soundtrack

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JUNE 22: Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack performs as part of the Vans Warped Tour at Shoreline Am
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What: Motion City Soundtrack's So Long, Farewell Tour

When: May 5 to August 6

Why you should go: Motion City Soundtrack are freaking breaking up! If you want to see them one last time, you have to go to this tour. You don't have a choice.—Maria Sherman

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Selena Gomez & DNCE

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What: The Revival Tour

When: May 6 to September 4

Why you should go: Selena Gomez's Revival album produced three No. 1 radio hits so while everyone will be singing along with the hits, you'll also be in for a treat throughout the entire show. The Revival Tour setlist sees Selena singing nearly every standout from her chart-topping album, along with beloved singles from her past releases. Like every great diva before her, this tour looks to solidify her as a solid road performer, and this is a transformation you need to see in person.

Bonus: Selena is donating some of the proceeds of the tour to fighting lupus.

Double bonus: DNCE and Bea Miller are opening!—Jeff Benjamin

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Justin Bieber

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Recording artist Justin Bieber performs at the 2016 Purpose World Tour at Staples Center on March
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What: Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour

Dates: March 9 to July 18 in North America

Why you should go: It’s been a while since Justin Bieber embarked on a worldwide tour—four years, actually. So why not make the Purpose World Tour the biggest yet? Bieber kicked off the grungey, flannel explosion in March and will end the trek in November in the U.K. For the marathon journey, the “Love Yourself” singer brings along his troupe of ripped dancers, a drum set, an acoustic guitar and a giant trampoline. And even though Bieber’s been a little tired lately, you shouldn’t miss the experience.—Emilee Lindner

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AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 18: Chino Moreno of Deftones  performs at the Spin at Stubb's SXSW Showcase at Stubb's Bar-B-Que on March
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What: Deftones’ tour

Dates: May 8 to August 31

Why you should go: For the entirety of summer, Deftones will create a sweaty rock experience for fans when they go out on the road in support of their latest album, Gore. They’re bringing along fellow hardcore dudes Refused, hitting hella festivals during the tour.—Emilee Lindner

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Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 01: (L-R) Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg attend Hot 97 Summer Jam 2014 at MetLife Stadium on June 1, 2
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What: The High Road Tour

When: July 20 to September 2

Why you should go: Friends that smoke up together, apparently book shows together! Wiz and Snoop have plenty of collaborations under their belt together, so it was only a matter of time when they announced a joint tour called “The High Road” (what else would it be?). They also plan to bring along fellow weed-lovers Kevin GatesJhené Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama along for the adventure. If you’re planning to check this one out, prepare to get supremely lifted.—Bianca Gracie

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Panic! at the Disco & Weezer

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What: Weezer and Panic! At The Disco Summer Tour

When: June 10 to August 6

Why you should go: It's freaking Weezer and Panic! at the Disco! Like, you get to see two generations of some of the most successful and invention alternative rock bands in one place. Frontmen Rivers Cuomo and Brendon Urie have an envy-worthy friendship, if anything, go to watch 'em be good to each other.—Maria Sherman

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What: Fly in USA 1st Concert Tour

When: July 1 to July 11

Why you should go: The K-pop boy band's first U.S. tour is already a success, given the group needed to add more dates following sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles. GOT7 has been on a roll with recent releases like "If You Do," "Fly" and "Home Run," and fans will be dying to see the new tracks live in person. We're expecting loads of impressive choreography, impressive acrobatic stunts and, of course, some adorable fan service moments.—Jeff Benjamin

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