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The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of 2016

on January 13, 2016, 12:00am

20. Coldplay

Cold Play in Concert in NYC

Photo by Robert Altman

Look out world: Coldplay is coming to the Super Bowl. The boys from Britain are hitting San Francisco — well, technically Santa Clara — on February 7. Before they (likely) join forces with Bruno Mars and Beyoncé for their Super Bowl 50 festivities, the lads will tour South America and Europe behind A Head Full of Dreams. While their latest album received a tepid reception, Coldplay’s backlist is stocked with catchy anthems and swooning ballads that are sure to work fans into a tizzy. With a North American tour likely to occur amidst festival appearances next summer, and rumors swirling that the band may call it quits or at least take a break following this touring cycle, this may be one of your last chances to catch Chris Martin and co. for the foreseeable future. –Zack Ruskin

Coldplay 2016 Tour Dates:
03/31 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Estadio Unico de La Plata
04/03 – Santiago, CL @ Estadio Nacional
04/05 – Lima, PE @ Estadio Nacional
04/07 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Allianz Parque
04/10 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Maracana
04/13 – Bogota, CO @ Estadio El Campin
04/16 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol
05/24 – Nice, FR @ Stade Charles-Ehrmann
05/26 – Barcelona, ES @ Estadi Olimpic
06/01 – Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Veltins-Arena
06/04 – Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
06/07 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
06/11 – Zurich, CH @ Stadion Letzigrund
06/16 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
06/18 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
06/23 – Amsterdam, Amsterdam Arena
06/29 – Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion
07/01 – Hamburg, DE @ Volksparkstadion
07/03 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
07/05 – Copenhagen, DK @ Telia Parken


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19. Lil Wayne

Photo by Philip Cosores
Photo by Philip Cosores

Since his official 2014 announcement of Tha Carter V, his alleged final LP that he’s since been unable to deliver, Lil Wayne has tried just about everything within his power to hold his audience over. In an especially tumultuous 2015, Wayne put out a pair of sequence mixtapes, reunited his band Hot Boyz at his own Lil WeezyAna Fest, and sued Birdman over blocking the album’s release. But 2016 will feature him hitting the road for 19 US shows with support from Rae Sremmurd on all but one. Wayne’s Dedication Tour will run from January through at least March and is “dedicated to all of his fans in cities he has rarely visited on his past tour runs,” according to a press release. –Steven Arroyo

Lil Wayne 2016 Tour Dates:
12/05 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
12/19 – Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
01/21 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
01/23 – Hidalgo, TX @ State Farm Arena
01/24 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena
01/28 – Southaven, MS @ Landers Center
01/29 – Lafayette, LA @ Lafayette Cajundome
01/31 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink Center
02/04 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
02/05 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
02/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
02/20 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
02/21 – Saint Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
02/23 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
02/25 – Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center
02/27 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
02/28 – Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre
03/01 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
03/03 – Bloomington, IN @ Indiana University Assembly Hall
03/06 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

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18. Dixie Chicks

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The three country rebels from Dallas are back. Ever since getting the (cowboy) boot from their genre for criticizing George W. Bush in 2003, the three members of the critically and commercially huge Dixie Chicks have taken a step away from the limelight. Their last album was in 2006 and their last tour in 2013. That said, the group will be back in a big way this year, touring not only across North America but Europe as well. The hope is that the trio might use this time together as a springboard for new material, but after 10 years without an album, we wouldn’t hold our breath. –Philip Cosores

Dixie Chicks 2016 Tour Dates:
06/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
06/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Amphitheater
06/04 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
06/05 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
06/08 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
06/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
06/11 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
06/13 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
06/14 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
06/16 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
06/17 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
06/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
06/21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
06/22 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
06/24 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
06/25 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
07/08 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
07/09 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
07/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
07/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Toyota Amphitheater
07/15 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
07/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Arena
07/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
07/20 – Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
08/05 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/06 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
08/07 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
08/10 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
08/12 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
08/13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
08/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Alpharetta Amphitheater
08/17 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
08/19 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
08/20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
08/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
08/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Amphitheater
08/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
08/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
09/01 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
09/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl


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17. Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós at Coachella 2013
Photo by Philip Cosores

Sigur Rós live is always a treat with an otherworldly stage designed to transport atmospheric arrangements. Having reached a level of respect and creative freedom through multiple world tours and eight albums, the band have decided to do something different for this highly anticipated 2016 festival tour. Rather than promote a new record, Sigur Rós promise new songs to be performed alongside timeless tracks from records past. The band have taken creative risks the past few years from their most recent album, Kveikur – which is essentially a metal album (for them) – to embarking on a film project where they invited filmmakers and artists to create short films inspired by the songs on Valtari. The chosen festivals prove to be in the vein of evolution and creativity. Citadel in London – co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands – held its inaugural year in 2015 and boasts a one-day lineup and arts-driven program. This one, like the others, seems like a perfect fit for Sigur Rós to dip their toes in whatever uncharted waters they’ve set out to sail. –Amanda Mayo

Sigur Rós 2016 Tour Dates:
06/16 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
06/18 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
07/03 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Stereleto Festival
07/08 – Trencin, SK @ Pohoda Festival
07/12 – Linz, AT @ Ahoi the Full Hit of Summer
07/16 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
07/17 – London, UK @ Citadel Festival
08/10-13 – Luhmühlen, DE @ A Summer’s Tale
08/18 – Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo Festival
08/20 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival


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16. Iron Maiden

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To say that Iron Maiden returned to form in 2015 is a bit of an overstatement. There’s not a true dud among the heavy metal band’s first 15 studio albums, and Bruce Dickinson and Co. have already enamored critics twice this century (with 2003’s Dance with Death and 2006’s A Matter of Life and Death). But The Book of Souls is a different kind of beast: a double album filled with some of the most inventive and exploratory material of the band’s long career. The Book of Souls World Tour couldn’t have arrived soon enough, even if it had arrived on time; unfortunately, it was pushed back to 2016 to allow Dickinson to fully recuperate from his recent cancer treatment. Now that Maiden is locked, loaded, and set to perform in 35 countries across the world beginning in February, we finally get to hear the epic “Empire of the Clouds” in person. Nobody’s more excited than the thousands of headbangers in China and El Salvador who will have the chance to meet Eddie and the gang for the very first time. –Collin Brennan

Iron Maiden 2016 Tour Dates:
02/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
02/26 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
02/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
03/30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
04/05 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
04/06 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
04/11 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
04/13 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
04/29 – Christchurch, NZ @ Horncastle Arena
05/01 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
05/04 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
05/06 – Sydney, AU @ Allphones Arena
05/09 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
05/12 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
05/14 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
05/18 – Cape Town, SA @ Grand Arena
05/21 – Johannesburg, SA @ Carnival City Festival Lawns

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