2019 is shaping up to be a busy year for Madonna, who is reported to be releasing a new album and embarking on a world tour. She hinted at her upcoming year in an Instagram post, writing: “2019………..????. Im going make you my best friend, my mother, my father, my son, my daughter, my sister, my brother, my lover, my ride or die, my co-pilot, my confidante, my muse, my spirit animal, my teacher, my stage, my audience, my high priestess. ????. My Queen, My Warrior, My Word, My Prayer ???????? that I. Send out to the world! ???????????? #2019 #newyear #newlife #newbeginning”.
While that message may read immaterial to non-Instagram users, we’re pretty sure it means big things (and huge shows) for the Material Girl. –Alex Young
Massive Attack will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album, Mezzanine, by embarking on a tour in 2019. Beginning in March, the legendary trip-hop outfit will play a string of shows in North America, marking their first performances on this side of the Atlantic in five years. The 13-date North American jaunt kicks off in Boston on March 11th. Notable shows include a March 15th stop at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, a visit to the Detroit Masonic Temple on the 22nd, and a two-night stint at the Hollywood Palladium at the end of the month.
Described by Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja as band’s “own personalised nostalgia nightmare head trip,” the forthcoming jaunt will consist of a one-off audiovisual production that has been “reconstructed from the original samples and influences.” A number of Massive Attack collaborators will join the band on the road, including “Teardrop” singer Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins. –Alex Young
Paul McCartney launched the European leg of his “Freshen Up Tour” in December, which comes in support of his latest album, Egypt Station. This spring, Macca will cross the Atlantic for a series of dates in both North and South America.
In March, McCartney will play shows in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. A little less than two months later, he’ll kick off a previously announced North American leg. McCartney has already confirmed several additional US dates, including his first-ever performance at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI (6/8), as well as his return to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (7/13). –Alex Young
Meek Mill has announced his first tour since being released from prison in April. Dubbed “The Motivation Tour”, it’s a 15-date US outing that’s slated to run from February through March. Miami, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Denver are among the stops listed, as are Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and the rapper’s own hometown of Philadelphia. These 2019 concert dates come in support of Championships, Meek’s new album. –Lake Schatz
Mitski recently wrapped her acclaimed US fall tour in support of Be the Cowboy, which Consequence of Sound just crowned best album of 2018. The indie rocker plans to return to the states in the spring, however, per an announcement made on Twitter. Following a short stint in Australia and New Zealand for Laneway Festival, Mitski will embark on a US tour that extends from late March through the end of April. Louisville, Kansas City, Orlando, Richmond, and Baltimore are among the stops on her itinerary; she’s also scheduled to play at Charleston’s High Water Festival. Support will be provided by fellow singer-songwriter Jay Som. –Lake Schatz
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons previously teased a 60-date world tour in support of their fourth LP, Delta, which came out in November. Now, the UK folk quartet have detailed and embarked on the massive outing, their largest tour to date. Kicking off last November in Ireland, the jaunt will find the band covering every inch of Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Maggie Rogers will open for the band on a handful of dates, as will Michael Kiwanuka. –Randall Colburn
Back in September, Noname gifted fans with Room 25, her first proper debut album and one of the best records we at Consequence of Sound heard in 2018. Now, in continued support of that stellar release, the Chicago-born rapper has further extended her 2019 North American tour. Following a stateside stint to kick off the year, this new batch of tour dates takes place in February and March. The itinerary will see Noname bring Room 25 to cities such as Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, New Orleans, and Denver. Additional concerts are also listed for Salt Lake City, Seattle, Vancouver, San Diego, and Portland. –Lake Schatz
To promote her new memoir, former First Lady Michelle Obama recently embarked on an expansive arena tour in which she participated in conversations moderated by celebrities including Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Phoebe Robinson, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Now, Obama has added a second leg of dates for early 2019.
The 21-date swing includes 11 additional shows in the US, as well as four dates in Canada. In a testament to her global appeal, Obama will also visit Europe for events in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and beyond. As was the case for the first leg, each date will feature a soon-to-be-announced moderator who will appear in conversation with Obama. –Alex Young
Trey Anastasio will embark on a tour with his new band, Ghosts of the Forest, this spring, but fear not Phish fans: Anastasio will also spend the summer with the band that made him famous on a newly announced summer trek. The jam legends have announced a number of their standard multi-night arena shows in cities like St. Louis, Columbia, Camden, and Boston, where they’ll play two gigs at Fenway Park. The jam band will also play three sets at this year’s Bonnaroo, with one sure-to-be legendary late-night set on Friday and a double headlining performance to close out the festival on Sunday. –Randall Colburn
Queen and Adam Lambert
This summer, Queen will look to capitalize on the success of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody by striking out on a massive North American tour with frontman Adam Lambert. Dubbed the “Rhapsody Tour”, the 23-date trek will bring the classic rock titans to major markets throughout the US and Canada. Things kick off July 10th in Vancouver, British Columbia with further stops in Dallas, Phoenix, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Tampa, and Atlanta. It all culminates with an August 23rd gig in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Queen’s two remaining co-founding members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, said in a statement that they were “raring to get back in the saddle” for the new shows. “This is a great opportunity,” May said. “Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America!” –Ben Kaye