Your Concert Tour and Music Festival Guide to End 2022
There’s no denying that it’s been a great summer of music. One concert tour after another has crisscrossed the country, entertaining countless fans along the way. The best part is that there are still amazing tours and music festivals on the schedule before the end of 2022. The late part of the summer and the fall offer just as much great music as the spring and early part of the summer. In all likelihood, there are some amazing musicians coming to your corner of the country before the end of the year. Let’s take a closer look at the festivals and concerts you won’t want to miss before the end of 2022.
North Coast Music Festival, September 2-4
The city of Chicago is no stranger to high-profile music festivals, and one of the best is the North Coast Music Festival, which will take place over three days in early September. This is one of the most diverse festivals in music, featuring everything from rock bands to jam bands to hip hop artists to electronic dance music. But the music at the North Coast Music Festival only scratches the surface of why people attend every year. The Chill Dome and Rainbow Lounge both offer guests a way to relax in between musical acts. There are also installations like The Void and Into the Fog that will intoxicate a variety of senses, not just one’s hearing.
iHeartRadio Festival, September 23-34
For the last decade, the iHeartRadio Music Festival has become one of the musical highlights of the year. As usual, the two-day festival will be set in Las Vegas this year, meaning there will be plenty of fun before, during, and after the music. It’d be a little unfair to describe anyone playing as the headliner because they could all be headliners. That being said, the likes of Avril Lavigne, Halsey, Nicki Minaj, Maren Morris, and The Black Keys will all perform. But that just scratches the surface, as Lionel Richie, Black Eyed Peas, Megan Thee Stallion, Luke Combs, and countless others will all be taking the stage over the two-day event.
Country fans will want to make sure they don’t miss Keith Urban’s The Speed of Now World Tour, which started in April but is filled with U.S. dates throughout August, September, October, and November. Since it’s been a few years since he’s been on the road, Urban is making sure he’s hitting both large and mid-sized cities on this tour. He’ll be everywhere from the Midwest to the Southwest to the Deep South to the Northeast, hitting large indoor arenas and a few outdoor amphitheaters. Keep in mind that Urban has been one of the biggest stars in country music for two decades, and his setlist covers his classics and new hits. As a special treat, rising country star Ingrid Andress is coming along as the opening act, giving fans two amazing artists on one stage.
Beyond These Silent Days Tour
This might be one of the most underrated tours of 2022. Brandy Carlile is serving as the headlining act of the Beyond These Silent Days Tour, as the tour is named after her latest album. But Carlile is far from the only artist taking the stage; she’s bringing several friends along with her for the ride. The likes of Sarah McLachlan, Ani DeFranco, Brittany Howard, Lucius, Celisse, and the Indigo Girls are also showing up for select shows. That’s a lot of girl power on one stage, and to be fair, it’s also a lot of musical talent on one stage. The only downside is that the tour is going to be short and sweet. The Beyond These Silent Days Tour will include an August 20 date in Philadelphia and two shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado in September. Carlile and the gang will also hit Atlanta, Durham, Boston, and New York, so concerts are scarce but will be well worth it.
It’s only been a few years since Chris Stapleton was just an opening act, but now he’s headlining shows all over the country on his All-American Road Show Tour. This tour actually got started in 2017 and is still going strong despite the pandemic shutting things down for a little while. The bottom line is that Stapleton hasn’t yet grown tired of the road and will be all over the place this fall. His tour will take Stapleton to the Northeast in early September and the Midwest in Early October. By late October, he’ll be all over the South, including Jacksonville, Tampa, and New Orleans. The fall leg of the tour will wrap up with a big show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on November 12.
Last but by no means least, there is Sir Elton John. His Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour doesn’t finish until next year, but he’ll be hitting several spots in the U.S. for the last time this fall. Starting in September, the cities of Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington, Nashville, San Antonio, Houston, San Diego, and others will host the legendary singer. Elton will wrap up this leg of his tour in November with two shows in Phoenix and then three in Los Angeles, which means he’ll be playing shows from coast to coast this fall.