Last year was a disaster for the touring industry. Since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic shut down live shows en masse around the world, promoters and music fans alike have been largely left waiting for concerts to return. Now, with vaccinations on the rise, new tour dates are getting put on the books and live events are poised to make a comeback.
“It’s a good day when you get to announce that LIVE is back,” Life Is Beautiful partner Justin Weniger said in March (his event is scheduled to return Sept. 17-19). “In the darkest days of 2020 when everything else stopped, the Life Is Beautiful community kept us moving forward. We’re eagerly awaiting a return to the festival grounds where we will reunite our community and celebrate the role of art and music in providing us hope when we need it the most.”
As the touring industry plots the return of concerts for 2021, Billboard has compiled a list of the major festivals and tours slated to take place later this year (organized by when they’re kicking off).
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam – June 4-6 in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Essence Fest – June 25-27 and July 2-4 in New Orleans
Korn & Staind, North American Tour – Starts Aug. 5 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Marc Anthony, The Marc Anthony Tour – Starts Aug. 27 in San Antonio, Texas
Maluma, Papi Juancho Tour – Starts Sept. 1 in Sacramento, Calif.
Bonnaroo – Sept. 2-4 in Manchester, Tenn.
Banda MS, Positivo Tour – Starts Sept. 3 in New York
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam – Sept. 3-5 in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Made in America Festival – Sept. 4-5 in Philadelphia
Pitchfork Music Festival – Sept. 10-12 in Chicago
iHeartRadio Music Festival – Sept. 17-18 in Las Vegas
Life Is Beautiful – Sept. 17-19 in Las Vegas
Riot Fest – Sept. 17-19 in Chicago
Eric Church, The Gather Again Tour – Starts Sept. 17 in Lexington, Ky.
Firefly Festival – Sept. 23-36 in Dover, Del.
Louder Than Life – Sept. 23-26 in Louisville, Ky.
Governors Ball – Sept. 24-26 in New York
Ohana Festival – Sept. 24-26 in Dana Point, Calif.
Kane Brown, Blessed & Free Tour – Starts Oct. 1 in Sacramento, Calif.
Austin City Limits – Oct. 1-3 & Oct. 8-10 in Austin, Texas
Andrea Bocelli – Believe North American Tour – Starts Oct. 13 in Milwaukee, Wis.
Electric Daisy Carnival – Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas
Outside Lands – Oct. 29-31 in San Francisco
Evanescence and Halestorm, North American Tour – Starts Nov. 5 in Portland, Oregon
Astroworld – Nov. 5-6 in Houston
Genesis, The Last Domino? Tour – Starts Nov. 15 in Chicago