BY BRUNA COSTA
The best time of the year for music lovers is arriving! As the weather gets warmer in the Northern Hemisphere, tons of concert tours and music festivals start to pop up everywhere. To get you on track, here’s a list of 10 big concert tours that will take place in the coming months in Europe and North America. Which one are you most thrilled to see?
1. Taylor Swift – 1989 World Tour
Fans from four different continents will have the chance to see the blonde pop singer live! Taylor Swift’s second world tour has a massive number of performances and includes more than 70 concerts around North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. She will kick off the tour in Tokyo on May 5, and will be on the road until early December, when the tour hits Australia.
2. AC/DC – Rock or Bust World Tour
The classic rockers from AC/DC will embark on a world tour to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary and also to promote their last studio album, Rock or Bust. The tour will start this weekend at Coachella, then heads to Europe before returning to North America in August. Even though Malcolm Young and Chris Slade won’t be onstage this year, the tour is definitely a must for all rock music fans!
3. Slipknot – North America Tour
Slipknot is back on the heavy rock map. Last year, the band released its first album since 2008, 5: The Gray Chapter, and then announced many concerts for 2015. The group already performed in Europe and Australia, and on April 25, will start its tour around North America, with more than 40 shows scheduled.
4. The Rolling Stones – ZIP CODE Tour
We have one more piece of good news for rock fans: The Rolling Stones are back onstage! The band’s North American tour, which will kick off on May 24 in San Diego, has stops in many different places throughout the United States and Canada. The “ZIP Code Tour” will be the first time the rock legends have played in North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.”
5. Ariana Grande – The Honeymoon Tour
Ariana’s second concert tour started on February 25 in Kansas City, but it’s still in full swing. Until mid-October, she will be performing in different cities throughout North America and Europe in support of her second studio album, My Everything.
6. Ed Sheeran Tour
2015 has been a great year for Ed Sheeran fans. The British singer is on tour now and has concerts scheduled in four different continents: Oceania, South America, North America, and Europe. Many of his shows are already sold out, reinforcing the high popularity this young fellow has gained all around the world.
Here’s a performance you may never be able to see again in your life. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will be together onstage until August in support of their collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek. The tour starts this weekend, April 10, in Las Vegas, and will stop in many different cities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
8. Maroon 5 – V Tour
Maroon 5’s world tour in support of its 2014 album, V, started in February, but if you live in Europe, Asia, or Oceania you will still have the chance to see Adam Levine and his crew onstage this year. This second leg of the “V Tour” will kick off on May 24 in Paris and stop in many different countries, such as Germany, Taiwan, and New Zealand, where the band will make its last performance on October 4.
9. U2 – Innocence + Experience Tour
U2’s 2015 world tour will feature more than 70 concerts in total, including venues in North America and Europe. This year, most of the concerts will take place at indoor arenas rather than the massive outdoor stadiums favored on past tours. The tour will begin on May 14 in Vancouver (http://eventseeker.com/event/may-14-2015/118335423-innocence-and-experience-tour-u2-vancouver) and most of the tickets are already sold out, as expected for a U2 tour. However, there’s still hope for fans living in cities such as London, Los Angeles, and New York.
10. Snoop Dogg Tour
Finally, we have one for the hip-hop fans. Considered by many to be one of the best hip-hop live acts, Snoop Dogg has many performances scheduled over the coming months in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His first stop will be next week, April 15, in Charlottesville, VA.