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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2016

on January 13, 2016, 12:00am

We’ve already run down the albums you should look out for in 2016, and the movies, but one of our favorite aspects of looking ahead has to do with what bands and musicians we will get to see out in the world. Our list includes rising stars and known commodities, ranging from pop stars to underground rockers, with venue sizes ranging from tiny clubs to football stadiums.

And even beyond what we’ve picked out as the best of the known commodities, we also have a ton to look forward to that is currently unknown. Will Radiohead play shows in support of their next album? Probably. What about that LCD Soundsystem reunion tour? Likely. And will Kanye West bring Swish to an arena near you? Hopefully! As always, we’ll probably have to update these by summer, but for now, here are the 25 concert tours we’re most looking forward to in 2016.

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25. Vince Staples

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Photo by Philip Cosores

If 2015 was the year Vince Staples introduced himself to the world outside Long Beach, 2016 is the year he brings Long Beach to the world. The rapper has already toured the country as an undercard with Danny Brown on the A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator show, but he recently announced that he’ll be headlining his own 23-city tour in support of his double-LP debut, Summertime ‘06, one of our top 50 albums of 2015. The tour will also take him to a handful of notable music festivals around the globe, including Delaware’s Firefly and Denmark’s Roskilde. Wherever he goes, the 22-year-old can’t help but be the main attraction. His youthful physicality allows him to keep flowing long after his peers would be gasping for air, and his volatile personality is rarely less than captivating. Even hometown audiences have a hard time discerning when Staples is joking and when he’s taking himself deadly seriously. When he takes his show on the road, the potential for explosiveness will be high. –Collin Brennan

Vince Staples Circa ’06 2016 Tour Dates:
01/30 – Singapore, SG @ Laneway Festival
02/01 – Auckland, NZ @ Laneway Festival
02/05 – Port Adelaide, AU @ Harts Mill
02/06 – Bowen Hills, AU @ Brisbane Showgrounds
02/07 – Rozelle, AU @ Sydney College of the Arts
02/09 – Moore Park, AU @ Max Watt’s Sydney
02/10 – Melbourne, AU @ Max Watt’s Melbourne
02/13 – Footscray, AU @ Footscray Community Arts Centre
02/14 – Fremantle, AU @ Esplanade Park
02/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
02/28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
03/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
03/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
03/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
03/05 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
03/07 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
03/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
03/09 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
03/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
03/12 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners


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24. Justin Bieber

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Anticipating a Justin Bieber tour may have some wondering “What Do You Mean?”, but alas, here we are — with a polished and PR-crafted, apologetic, and possibly tamed version of a former man-child gone wild. His latest album, Purpose, is appropriately named considering there is somewhat substantial meaning behind most of the lyics, with generous cushioning from synths and electronic beats. It seems logical his tour would follow a similar trajectory, purposely relying on his handful of latest hits — 17 of which made Billboard’s Hot 100 — and leaving songs from his bowl cut haircut days in the past with his innocence. Bieber’s Purpose World Tour (the 58-date North American leg begins March 9 in Seattle and ends July 18 at the iconic Madison Square Garden) should shed the juvenile behavior of Bieber’s past (keyword being should) and showcase his new, more sensitive self, tears and all. In a time when teen pop stars from Selena Gomez to Nick Jonas are venturing into their more mature and sensual selves, considering Bieber’s collection of WTF moments, he may be the most entertaining to watch of them all. –Lyndsey Havens

Justin Bieber 2016 Tour Dates<:
03/09 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center
03/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live! at Rogers Arena
03/13 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center @ at Rose Quarter
03/15 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
03/17 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
03/18 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
03/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
03/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
03/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
03/26 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
03/29 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
03/30 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
04/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
04/04 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/06 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
04/07 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
04/09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
04/10 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
04/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
04/19 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
04/20 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
04/22 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
04/23 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
04/25 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace Of Auburn Hills
04/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
04/28 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
04/29 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
05/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
05/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
05/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
05/10 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
05/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
05/14 – Quebec City, BC @ Videotron Centre
05/16 – Montreal, BC @ Bell Centre
05/18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
05/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
06/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
06/13 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
06/14 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
06/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
06/18 – Fargo, ND @ FARGODOME
06/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
06/21 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
06/22 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
06/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
06/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
06/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
06/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
06/30 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
07/02 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
07/06 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
07/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
07/09 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
07/10 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
07/12 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
07/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
07/15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
07/18 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden


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23. Mac DeMarco

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Photo by Philip Cosores

There are two sides to Mac DeMarco: the sentimental crooner on his records and the mischievous jokester who exists in every facet of his public life. His live show is no exception to the latter. Despite his songs sounding like blissful A.M. radio romps, he’s been known to stage dive from upper balconies and include prolonged rasta jams in the middle of his sets. Even when he’s not performing daring feats, his mannerisms alone keep audiences fixated on the stage or keeling over in laughter. Whether it’s his Groucho Marx eyebrow waves or winks, it’s like being in the presence of a Tim and Eric character come to life. DeMarco is his own brand of punk rock, using easygoing vibes instead of power chord riffs to bolster his rebellious spirit. Oh yeah, and he still sounds great. –Dusty Henry

Mac DeMarco 2016 Tour Dates:
01/10 – Busselton, AU @ Southbound Festival
01/13-14 – Auckland, NZ @ Kings Arms Tavern
01/15 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega
01/16 – Woolston, NZ @ Gustavs
05/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
05/16 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
05/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
05/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
05/25 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
05/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
06/02-05 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival


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22. Joanna Newsom

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Photo by Amanda Koellner

Divers, the new album from serene songstress Joanna Newsom, marked not only her first record in five years, but also sparked the hope of indulging in the somewhat rare opportunity of hearing the power of Newsom’s voice live. Lead single “Sapokanikan” is already spellbinding as a studio track – one can only imagine its potency in the flesh. Yes, Newsom will quite possibly find her name atop the lineup posters for several marquee festivals next summer, but with all due respect to the rambunctious monster that is a music festival, Newsom’s brand of music will be best enjoyed on her current club tour. Bonus points to Newsom’s team for snagging Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold to open for her with what he promises will be all new solo material. –Zack Ruskin

Joanna Newsom 2016 Tour Dates:
01/19 – Melbourne, AU @ Hamer Hall
01/21 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
01/23 – Brisbane, AU @ QPAC Concert Hall
01/26 – Osaka, JP @ Osaka Club
01/27 – Tokyo, JP @ Christ Shinagawa Church Gloria Chapel
01/28 – Tokyo, JP @ Christ Shinagawa Church Gloria Chapel
02/24 – Brussels, BE @ Palais de Beaux-Arts #
02/25 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampgnagel #
02/27 – Groningen, NL @ De Oosterpoort #
02/28 – Nijmegen, NL @ Concertgebouw De Vereeniging #
03/01 – Liverpool, UK @ The Philharmonic Hall #
03/02 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall #
03/03 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre #
03/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre #
03/27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
03/28 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall #
03/29 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre #
03/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre #
03/31 – Spokane, WA @ Bing Crosby Theater #
04/01 – Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre #
04/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
04/03 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater #

# = w/ Robin Pecknold


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21. Protomartyr

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For their upcoming coast-to-coast US tour (plus one Vancouver date), Detroit’s Protomartyr will be supported on a chunk of West Coast shows in March by Chastity Belt of Washington state. Both bands put out a very good album last year (The Agent Intellect from Protomartyr; Time to Go Home from Chastity Belt), each of which arrived within a year and a half of yet another very good album (Under Color of Official Right; No Regrets), and they’ll be armed with a surplus of fresh material ready to be fine-tuned ontage through the end of winter. –Steven Arroyo

Protomartyr 2016 Tour Dates:

01/20 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
01/21 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
01/22 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse
01/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
01/24 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
01/29 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
01/30 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
02/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
02/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
02/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
02/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/14 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
02/16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
02/17 – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
02/18 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
02/19 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater
02/20 – Miami, FL @ Gramps
02/21 – Ybor City, FL @ New World Brewery
02/23 – Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn
02/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
02/25 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown (Bad Ass Weekend IV)
02/26 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
02/27 – Dallas, TX @ RBC
02/28 – Norman, OK @ Opolis Production
03/01 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
03/02 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
03/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
03/04 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/05 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
03/07 – Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge
03/08 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Fortune Sound Club
03/11 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
03/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
03/13 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
03/31 – Dublin, Ireland @ Workman’s Club
04/01 – Liverpool, England @ Magnet
04/02 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Broadcast
04/04 – London, England @ 100 Club
04/05 – Reims, France @ La Cartonnerie
04/06 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Het Bos
04/07 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
04/08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
04/09 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Motel Mozaique — Rotown
04/11 – Dusseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
04/12 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Club Schocken
04/13 – Munich, Germany @ Orangehouse
04/14 – St. Gallen, Switzerland @ Palace
04/15 – Bologna, Italy @ Covo Club
04/16 – Rome, Italy @ Monk
04/18 – Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Gala Hala
04/19 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
04/20 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
04/21 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Basement Bar

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