A Summer of Epic Music Tours!
One of the first things to go, and last things to return following the COVID pandemic, has been live music, but worry not, for return it did. 2023has included some incredible, record-breaking music tours, and we here at Young Hollywood have made note of some of the best tours so far -- and the best yet to come, so make sure you don’t miss out!
1. Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour
The obvious star of the music touring world this year has been Taylor Swift with her record-setting Eras Tour. The tour is the 33-year-old’s largest tour yet, covering 5 continents with 146 shows, a massive increase from the originally announced 52 shows. The concert is an incredible 3-hour, multi-costume career retrospective with the artist spending time performing music from each of her albums with an intended focus on each of her musical eras (get it?). The show has done amazing numbers, with almost every date selling out instantly and tickets reselling for thousands of dollars. The Eras Tour also single-handedly crashed Ticketmaster when the dates were released and led to the popular ticket website being sued by fans for charging disgustingly high prices for remaining tickets. It has also taken TikTok by storm, leading to high demand for tour merchandise, and an entire economy of friendship bracelets being traded at every show. Even with the high ticket prices and long waits, the show has been highly praised. You could say the fans are enjoying it... all too well.
Really blows my mind that we have one last city on the US leg of The Eras Tour. Santa Clara this weekend was a partyyy, both crowds were so loud and rowdy. And I’ll never forget when Alana, Este and Danielle emerged wearing their gowns from the Bejeweled video ? Loved every… pic.twitter.com/uVIjsbPs64— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 31, 2023
2. Beyoncé's Renaissance Tour
It was known that the Renaissance Tour would be huge. One of the queens of pop having her first solo world tour since 2016? Are you kidding? Tickets for this massive tour were also released shortly after Taylor Swift’s Ticketmaster fiasco, which caused Ticketmaster to have to think of new ways to release tickets in order to avoid another lawsuit. In fact, the official Twitter page of the Senate Judiciary Committee posted an ominous tweet when the tour was announced, stating “We’re Watching” and tagging Ticketmaster. The tour has lived up to the hype, with shows selling out quickly and receiving critical acclaim. All the traveling and exhausting performances may be too much for some artists, but we know that this tour will not break Bey's soul.
3. Big Time Rush's Can't Get Enough Tour
Following their Forever Tour, which lasted from last Summer to March of this year, BTR kicked off the appropriately-titled Can't Get Enough Tour in support of their first album in 7 years, Another Life. Featuring confetti canons, lasers, and at least 3 encores, the show has been one big party, giving longtime fans everything they could ever want and more, and proving that these guys show no signs of slowing down.
#CGETour2023 has kicked into full gear! Each night has been a blast. we can’t wait to see ALL YOU RUSHERS on the road this summer! ? with our friends @maxmusicand @jax?— Big Time Rush (@bigtimerush) June 30, 2023
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4. Drake & 21 Savage's It’s All a Blur Tour
Hot off the release of chart-topping album Her Loss, the duo ofDrake and 21 Savage (21 Dravage? Drizzavage? Audrey Bin Abaraham-Graham?) has hit the road on a North American tour, covering 56 shows in the U.S. and in Drake’s home country of Canada. Drake performs several of his older songs and then is joined by 21 to perform much of the previously mentioned Her Loss. The tour has been heavily discussed not only due to the high status of both Drake and 21 but also the larger-than-life theatrics that take place at each show. Videos of the concert have gone viral on the Internet that show wild elements like a Childish Gambino diss, a hologram of younger Drake, and a projection of thousands of little, shall we say, "male swimmers"? The concert has done extremely well, with dates selling out all across the country and tickets reselling for $500 or more. So you could say that getting to see this live would be quite the rich flex...
5. Jonas Brothers' The Tour
Similar to the Eras Tour, each show on The Tour (following the release of The Album) features songs from all 5 of theJonas Brothers’ studio albums, ranging from 2007 to 2023. The shows so far have included cameos by other musicians, including Jon Bellion and Kirk Franklin, and the show at Yankee Stadium in New York City even had Jimmy Fallon drop in to perform an incredible rendition of “Mr. Brightside”. If you missed this massive concert by the Jonas Brothers, you sure would be a sucker.
An outstanding concert by the @jonasbrothersSaturday night at the Rogers Centre. Five albums in one night! Thank you Nick, Joe, and Kevin for coming back to Toronto. ?? ?@nickjonas@joejonas@kevinjonas#JonasBrothers#Toronto#RogersCentrepic.twitter.com/UpNMYrpDM2— Ish Van Der Rassel (@ishmaelvdr) August 22, 2023