GRAMMY? Check. Crazy popular record? Check. Constantly working surprises into her live set by way of Kanye covers and the like? Check.
After a breakout 2013, Lorde is set to take on her largest crowds yet—and it
doesn't hurt that she's doing so right after Bruce
Springsteen belted out "Royals" at one of his own shows, either.
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Lady Gaga (May 4-July 21)
If her performances at the 2013 VMAs and Saturday Night Live are any indication, Lady Gaga is set to bring the songs of ARTPOP to the masses in characteristically whacked-out, unpredictable ways. We're not even gonna try to predict what she's wearing or
who she'll bring onstage, but hopefully R. Kelly or Christina Aguilera will
show up for a "Do What U Want" reprise at least once in the tour's
The xx (March 19-April 7)
The xx are trying something totally new and fantastic: They're kicking off their spring tour at NYC's Park
Avenue Armory, a venue that focuses on unconventional works of performance art. There, they'll host a 10-day residency that challenges every
pre-conceived notion you've ever had about their music and the framework of a
concert in general. According to the Armony, this is a "uniquely voyeuristic and deeply personal" experience.
The Wanted (April 8-May 17)
This is the tour to watch for Wanted fans, especially because this may be the last time you'll get to see them as a five-piece for
a while. After the Word of Mouth tour,
The Wanted will take an indefinite break so that the guys can explore some solo
OutKast (April 10-TBD)
Admit it: you've watched the "Hey Ya!" video approximately 912 times since OutKast's Reunion Tour of a Zillion Festivals was
announced. (We have. We'll be honest.) Starting off with Coachella in April,
OutKast will swing through 40 of the biggest music festivals in the
world—including Governors Ball, Bestival, Firefly and Counterpoint, with more
dates to be announced—before the end of the summer.
Bruce Springsteen (April 8-May 18)
It seems like The Boss spends the majority of his life on the road, as any given Saturday will find him belting out his beloved
hits to crowds in Sydney or Cape Town or London. Thankfully, he'll be bringing
the tour behind High Hopes back home
in April for a run of 16 dates.
Bruno Mars (April 28-August 17)
Remember when everyone re-fell in love with Bruno Mars after his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance? This
tour is gonna be like that, except it's set to roll through not one but two seasons, and Pharrell's going to hop
on board the tour bus for a few of the bigger shows. Bruno fans in L.A., you've
got plenty of reasons to get "Happy": A bill involving your fave
and Pharrell is sure to be one dance party to reckon with.
John Legend (March 20-June 7)
Let's just say John Legend is more ready than he's ever been to get out there and get his latest show on the road. The incomparable crooner
released Love in the Future last
summer, his first record in five years. "All Of Me" and the rest
of its irresistible ballads have seen constant radio play and millions of
YouTube views. He's down for a serious return to the main stage. Are you?
Bastille (March 31-June 6)
If "Pompeii" hasn't been drummed into your head and stuck there for the rest of eternity by now, it definitely will be by the end
of the season. Bastille's about to embark on a 10-week tour of American
domination starting on March 31. A must for those who can't get enough of
arena-ready pop anthems.
A Great Big World (March 16-June 22)
There are going to be sobby, sloppy cry-fests all over the country, because seriously, who can get through "Say Something" without desperately needing a hug? Definitely worth scoping out these insane musical chops in person, even if a Christina Aguilera cameo on this tour is unlikely. Pack extra tissues.
Ellie Goulding (March 14-May 9)
Not only is Ellie hitting the road Stateside and dropping new songs left and right, but she's bringing Rudimental—one of the best UK electronic bands right now—with her. With her new track with ex-BF Skrillex "Because" and "Beating Heart" off the Divergent soundtrack, Ellie's heading across the U.S. and up into
Canada, starting with a sold-out two-night run at Madison Square Garden.
Avicii (March 22-June 28)
He'll spend the majority of his global takeover in familiar haunts—namely the megaclubs of Vegas—but that doesn't mean Avicii will get
comfortable playing the same ol' stuff. "Wake Me Up" was one of the
biggest smashes of 2013, and that'll definitely make its way into his 2014
sets. But who's to say he won't outdo himself on his biggest tour since the