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Concerts in New York - July 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Concerts in New York for the month of July 2016

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: Closes 2nd July 2016

Now in their 12th year, the latest incarnation of this all-female Celtic singing group are celebrating their latest hit album Celtic Woman: Destiny with a mammoth US tour in 2016! Described as "Riverdance for the voice", this truly Irish ensemble takes their influences from the likes of Enya, Moya Brennan and Clannad, with their unique spin on traditional songs and modern pieces earning them six million albums sold worldwide since their inception. More info

JUSTIN BIEBER

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Young adult heartthrob and Canadian-born singer-songwriter Justin Bieber has come out of the chrysalis a new artist with a bold new musical statement - 2015's Purpose. Gone are the fizzy teeny-bopper hits of yore, replaced with remarkably slick and mature dance tunes like 'What Do U Mean' and 'Where Are U Now'. Catch him as he embarks on the mammoth Purpose 2016 world tour.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Jul 2016:

Prudential Center

Jul 09, 2016

Madison Square Garden

Jul 18-19, 2016

: Closes 24th July 2016

Guns N Roses are reunited and touring North America. Axl, Slash, Duff and Dizzy have buried all their various hatchets and are back to doing what they do best. One of the defining rock bands of the past quarter century, the band's many iconic tracks include 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'Paradise City', 'November Rain', Don't Cry' and 'Welcome to the Jungle'. More info

: Closes 17th December 2016

The New York native will be belting out his old favorites with the help of his revolving piano, in an on-going series of monthly concerts at this world-famous venue. He has sold more than 100 million records over a career spanning more than 40 years, and reigns as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. More info

: Closes 17th July 2016

After surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single "Yellow," Coldplay quickly became one of the biggest British bands of the new millennium, honing a mix of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that landed the British quartet a near-permanent residence on record charts worldwide. Now Coldplay are back and bringing their Head Full of Dreams tour to the US! More info

: Closes 9th July 2016

Grammy-winning husband and wife singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood continue their huge world tour. The power couple were married in 2005 and rumours of a joint tour have been flying around for several years - finally fans of both performers will have their wish granted! More info

: 29th July

Aretha Franklin's importance cannot not be overstated. She is simply one of the greatest singers the world has ever seen. With a voice which can't be mistaken, her mammoth back catalogue includes the classics Respect, Think and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and even made a glorious cameo in The Blues Brothers. More info

: Closes 27th July 2016

Radiohead return to the road this year in support of their ninth record A Moon Shaped Pool. Regarded as one of the most influential groups of the past 25 years, Radiohead's musical journey has been one of endless experimentation whilst still maintaining the emotional core of their songwriting. Among their many landmark records are 1997's rock-opus OK Computer and 2007's pay-what-you-want album In Rainbows. More info

: 14th July

Arguably in the realm of indie royalty, Modest Mouse and Brand New cement their status with this co-headlining tour. No fanfare, no opening acts, just two incredible full sets! More info

: 22nd July

Josh Groban is back on the road this summer, in support of his new record Stages, a glamorous spectacular that delves into Broadway classics in this consummate showman's inimitable style! Joining him is Grammy award winner Sarah McLachlan, who's unique mezzo soprano voice has cast its spell on millions of fans world wide. More info

: 20th July

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is an acclaimed 11-strong Blues band that has become a force to be reckoned with! This 2016 Wheels of Soul summer tour sees them joined by chicano legends Los Lobos and the North Mississipi All-Stars. Comprised of slide guitar virtuoso Trucks, the feisty vocals of Tedeschi and a backing band of killer brass and rhythm section musicians, the Tedeschi Truck Band do southern-fried soul like no one else's business. More info

: 6th July

2016's metal tour is here. The masked men of Slipknot are heading across the country, with none other than Marilyn Manson! Of Mice and Men round out the bill. Juggernauts of heavy metal, icons of nu-metal, Slipknot returned to the fold in 2014 with the furious .5: The Gray Chapter following a six year hiatus. There's rumours of a new album coming this year, so expect to hear some new material at these dates. More info

: 19th July

2016 promises to be a very exciting time for the band and their fans! The boys have been hard at work in the studio at work on their new album Paper Gods with a cavalcade of super producers and special guest stars, and are set to tour the country in support of this new effort, supported by CHIC, led by guitarist Nile Rodgers. Watch out for the album cover that features icons from their past hits, and see if you can guess them all! More info

: 8th July

Colombian actor, singer and composer Carlos Vives heads to the States for an intimate tour, following his recent hit single with fellow artist Shakira, "La Bicicleta". One of the country's biggest Latin stars, Vives first came to prominence in 1982 as an actor on the popular telenova shows Pequenos Gigantes and Gallito Ramirez, the latter of which was his first starring role. In recent years he has acted as a coach on The Voice Colombia, re-introducing his music to a younger generation. His 2015 album Mas + Corazon Profundo won the Best Tropical Latin Album at that year's Grammy Awards! More info

: 9th July

The legendary jazz-rock pioneers Steely Dan head out on tour this year with Steve Winwood! Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Steely Dan have one of the greatest catalogues of any still-touring rock band, with over four decades of songs to draw from, including their best-known tracks Do It Again and Reelin' in the Years. More info

: 24th July

Bret? Present. Jermaine? Present. Yes, the Grammy Award-winning Flight of the Conchords are back! The New Zealand duo are heading out across North America on a brand new tour, their first since co-headlining 2014's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour. In even more exciting news, they have new material to play! More info

: 11th July

Icons of the British Heavy-Metal revival and frontrunner of contemporary Pop Metal Def Leppard return to the road after postponing a slew of dates in the winter to let singer Joe Elliott get some rest. Formed in the English city of Sheffield, Leppard's best known album is 1987's Hysteria, which contained the smash 'Pour Some Sugar On Me', which remains their most iconic track. More info

: 20th July

Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy have both helped to change guitar playing as we know it. The two legends have collaborated many times over the years, most notably on Guy's 1991 cover of 'Mustang Sally'. In 2016 they set out on joint headlining tour. More info

: 14th July

The two surviving members of folk legends Peter, Paul and Mary have continued touring together despite the death of Mary Travers in 2009. Formed in New York City in 1961 during the American folk music revival phenomenon, the trio brought folk out from the Village coffeehouses and onto radio, paving the way forward for future folk artists Bob Dylan and John Denver. Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey are headed back on tour, continuing to bring folk music to newer audiences. More info

: 17th July

Florida Georgia Line are at the very forefront of modern popular Country. Alongside the likes of Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert they've successfully incorporated pop, and even hip-hop, sensibilities into the genre, and gained a whole new young generation of fans in the process. The duo, comprised of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, are currently hard at work on their as yet untitled third album, the follow up to 2014's smash Anything Goes. More info

: 15th July

Get ready for the ultimate paring: the stalwarts of surf rock, The Beach Boys and the smooth soul stylings of The Temptations! This summer they will be co-headlining a new tour, bringing you a supreme evening of music, dancing and memories! More info

: Closes 26th July 2016

One of the most successful alternative rock act of the 1990s, Alice in Chains may have been grouped together with grunge greats Nirvana and Soundgarden, but they always boasted a harder metal edge than their contemporaries. Their greatest success came in 1992 with the album Dirt, which included the iconic singles 'Would?' and 'Rooster'. More info

: 31st July

Led by the deadlocked Adam Duritz, Counting crows have been hitting that alternative rock sweet spot for over twenty years. Their 1993 debut August and Everything, which contained the smash hit 'Mr. Jones', shot them to fame. In 2016 they're touring alongside Rob Thomas, best known as the lead singer of fellow 1990s stalwarts Matchbox Twenty. More info

DEMI LOVATO & NICK JONAS

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have been close friends since their Disney Channel days, and now that they've both emerged as classy, grown-up pop stars, it makes sense that they should embark on a joint headlining tour.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Jul 2016:

Barclays Center

Jul 08, 2016

Prudential Center

Jul 12, 2016

: Closes 29th July 2016

As the sartorially elegant front-man of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry's rich, innovate and stylistic songs have become as iconic as the man himself, with themes that invoke hopeless romance and futurism, with an undeniably nostalgic ribbon running through them. More info

: 29th July

Performing once more, the legendary Dion takes to the stage with his versatile back-catalogue, the soundtrack of his journey from 1950's and 60's teen idol to gospel influenced blues singer. First emerging from the mean streets of the Bronx in 1957, the dapper Dion DiMucci stole hearts with his bouffant hair and sharp suits. In 1960 he made the leap to solo star, spawning the super-hits 'Runaround Sue' and 'A Teenager in love'. More info

: 30th July

Puerto Rican rap rivals Daddy Yankee & Don Omar are famed for THAT FALL-OUT ten years ago after collaborating on their single Gata Gangster, and their relationship has since been repaired following their collaboration on Omar's 2015 album The Last Don 2. They will be playing up to the past tension between them on tour in the form of a rap battle, where fans can actually vote for their favorite artist via a special mobile web app! More info

YANNI

The creative force that is Yanni rode the New Age wave of the late 80s and 90s to achieve lasting success and critical acclaim for a unique blend of world music and esoteric textures that are drawn from multiple cultures. This eclectic fusion reflects the multi-instrumentalist/composer's "one world, one people" philosophy, whilst also reflecting his romantic, emotive musical style.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Jul 2016:

Bergen Performing Arts Center

Jul 11-12, 2016

Nikon

Jul 13, 2016

: 22nd July

Africa's biggest music stars are convening at the Barclays Center this July for their first ever Stateside concert! Bringing Afropop and Afrobeat to the mainstream, the lineup comprises an enviable lineup of the continent's biggest stars including Wizkid, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Flavour, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, and Banky W amongst others! Produced by Upfront and Personal. More info

HEART, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS & CHEAP TRICK

Three of the great guitar bands of the 1980s are heading out on this Rock Hall Three For All Tour in 2016. Jett, former member of The Runaways and best known from tracks like 'Bad Reputation', was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Veteran rockers Heart joined the roster in 2013, while Cheap Trick were voted in this year.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Jul 2016:

Nikon

Jul 28, 2016

Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

Jul 30, 2016

: 20th July

The Alt-country singer songwriter is back with a new self titled album and is touring the US in support. Since heading out solo in 2000, Adams has met with critical acclaim for his intimate and honest output. His first record, Heartbreaker was introduced the world to his bitter-sweet mind and he was touted as the new Gram Parsons. More info

: 5th July

With his trademark devil-may-care swagger, Noel Gallagher most often sets tongues wagging for speaking his mind, public spats and family feuds. The Brit rock progenitor is set to hit the headlines again, but this time he's setting out on tour under his solo moniker Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, a star-studded, psychedelic alt-rock outfit that's back with a vengeance. More info

: 27th July

Expect an evening of infectious indie anthems set to bubbly synth with big oh-oh-oh choruses. One of 2015's biggest breakouts, Walk the Moon, are the glittery feel-good rockers behind 2010's song of the summer 'Anna Sun' and last winters energetic foot-stomper 'Shut up & Dance'. Touring this summer in support of new record 'Talking is Hard', these guys bring a charmingly joyous celebration to the stage that dares you not to get up and dance along! More info

: 15th July

5 Seconds of Summer are this year's Next Big Thing when it comes to boy bands. Take the polished performances and songwriting of bands like One Direction and combine it with the guitar riffs of pop-punk bands like Blink-182 and you get a rocking group of four talented Aussie boys who set to take on the charts! Following the 2015 release of their second studio album, the boys are hitting the road on the mammoth Sounds Live Feels Live Tour in 2016. More info

: 12th July

Culture Club are back and heading out on the road for the first time in 14 years! One of the UK's most successful bands, Culture Club, led by the riotously androgynous Boy George, conquered America in the early 80's with their catchy, soul soaked, calypso inspired records; including 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me' and the Latin flavoured 'I'll Tumble 4 Ya.' More info

: 9th July

There would never have been a New Kids on the Block or an N*Sync without New Edition. Billed as the new Jackson 5, the group of childhood friends from Boston burst onto the music scene in 1983 with the decidedly Jackson 5-esque 'Candy Girl', which rocketed straight to the top spot of the R&B singles chart. More info

: 8th July

One of the great film directors of the 1970s and 80s, John Carpenters' contribution to sci-fi and horror is immeasurable, practically reinventing the genres multiple times with iconic flicks like Halloween, The Thing and They Live. Carpenter also composed or co-composed the distinctive synthesizer themes for most of his films, with his score to Halloween in particular embedding itself in the nightmares of audiences the world over. More info

: 17th July

Soft rock veterans America are back on the road in 2015, bringing their popular brand of vocals and acoustic guitar on their latest national tour. Having been inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame in 2006, the band also have their own star on Hollywood Boulevard, recognising them as an important contributor to the musical arts. Their 2006 album Here & Now saw the band collaborate with a new generation of artists including Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller and Jim James among others. More info

: Closes 6th July 2016

Yes! JB, Mark, Junior, Jackson, Youngjae, BamBam, and Yugyeom are crossing the Pacific for the first time, bringing their hugely successful brand of K-pop with them! Since debuting in 2014, the seven-member, multinational group have gone from strength to strength with tracks like 'Girls, Girls, Girls', 'Home Run', 'Around the World' and 'Love Train'. More info

: 22nd July

Star of country music and Grammy-Award winning Zac Brown Band is bringing its dynamic southern rock act to a venue near you! Formed over ten years ago, Zac Brown Band has gone from strength to strength over the years, their latest success being 2015's #1 album Jekyll + Hyde. More info

: 9th July

The music of psychedelic mind-bender Frank Zappa lives on thanks to his son. Fronting the foremost Zappa tribute band, guitarist Dweezil Zappa spent three years studying the intricate music and physical performance of his father's legacy, emerging as a fully-fledged artist in his own right. More info

: 21st July

Hot on the heels of her latest number one album, Gwen Stefani is heading on the This Is What Truth Feels Like Tour, bringing along former partner in crime Eve for the ride! These first ladies of music first joined forces for the Grammy-winning Dr Dre produced track 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind', released in 2001. More info

: 9th July

It's that time of year again... Get ready to rock till you drop because the Vans Warped Tour is back with an exciting host of alternative bands and acts. The longest running and largest tour in America, it initially showcased punk and skate music, yet over the years it has grown to showcase a diverse range of rock-orientated genres. This year's line-up includes Good Charlotte and Bullet For My Valentine. More info

: 26th July

Fresh off the back of his 2015 album When It's Dark Out, G-Eazy heads back out on the road on his Endless Summer Tour. The talented rapper, songwriter and producer has his sights set firmly on the future; his slow-burning, sparse Southern grooves and trap percussion laden synthscapes are heralding the new age of Hip-Hop. More info

: 6th July

Singer Pat Benatar and guitarist Neil Giraldo first met in 1979. Not only did the two hit it off romantically from the get-go, they discovered they were a perfect match musically as well. In the very same year they released In the Heat of the Night, which contained the duo's first classic track Heartbreaker. They're joined on these dates by Melissa Etheridge. More info

: 10th July

Catch five-time Grammy Award winner Wynnona Judd and her band The Big Noise as she tours the US! The American Country Music singer first found fame in the 80's as part of popular mother-daughter duo The Judds. Since then she has gone on to have a hugely successful solo career, releasing eight studio albums and garnering multiple industry awards and nominations. More info

: 15th July

English singer and pianist Joe Jackson's latest album Fast Forward is split into four parts, with an equal number of tracks recorded in London, Berlin, Amsterdam and New Orleans. It's yet another adventurous move from a singer whose career is full of them. Emerging into the music world in the late seventies/early eighties, Jackson first hit it big with his track Is She Really Going Out With Him?, followed up my the classic Steppin' Out. More info

: Closes 25th July 2016

While most may recognise Colin Hay as the frontman of Men At Work (the Australian Pop outfit behind the quirky, ubiquitous 80's hit Down Under), the Scottish born Ozzy musician has spent the last few decades reinventing himself as a singing, songwriting troubadour. Touring the world extensively without much fanfare, Hay has built himself up a new generation of fans, including actor Zach Braff who's frequently features Hay's work in his films. More info

: 24th July

Akin to the Mickey Mouse Club, Kidz Bop is the Number One brand in children's music, churning out family-friendly versions of today's pop hits, sung by the industry's future stars. The Kids Bop Kids, including Ashlynn, Bredia, Matt and Grant, are heading out on the 2015 'Make Some Noise Tour' and bringing their effervescent, feel-good music with them. More info

: 23rd July

​Chris Tomlin is one of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music, and he's presenting a 2016 nationwide tour of worship and contemporary Christian pop and indie. For this New York date, the Grammy Award winner will be joined by a host of big names at Madison Square Garden. On the bill are Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Matt Redman, Matt Maher, Israel Houghton, Kim Walker-Smith & Phil Wickham​. More info

: 30th July

Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda have been a mainstay of the Latin charts ever since their 2007 debut Corazon Magico, and have become one of modern norteno's biggest names. More info

: 28th July

Since international pop sensation Laura Pausini released her Greatest Hits album in 2014, we've been patiently waiting for a follow-up! The record was in honor of her 20th year in the music business, a period during which she's become one of the most recognisable voices in the European and Latin American pop charts. With rumours milling about that she is working on a brand new studio album, will this new set of US dates contain any tasters of what to expect? More info

: 16th July

Hold on to your stetsons ladies and gents, because the 2016 Country Megaticket is rolling into town this Summer, bringing country music's biggest stars along with it! This all-inclusive ticket will allow you to see all of the headline artists over a series of dates at your chosen venue, so get ready to dance and singalong to the upbeat anthems of Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Dierks Brentley, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Hank Williams Jr and Chris Stapleton​, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban! More info

: 7th July

Singing since the tender age of eight, country music superstar Lee Brice is a regular Nashville chart-topping hitmaker whose skill at writing music is equally matched by his skill as a live performer. Before his rise to fame Brice co-wrote for the likes of Billy Montana and Garth Brooks, finding solo success with the 2009 single 'Love Like Crazy' which broke the record for the longest-charting song in the Top 10 Country Music Chart. More info

: 30th July

wo of the biggest names in alt rock are teaming up to bring you one whirlwind Summer tour! Sharing the bill are heavy metal titans Disturbed and post-grunge legends Breaking Benjamin, affording their fanbase two opportunities to crowd surf and mosh to their heart's content. Joining them as support will be Creed alumni Alterbridge and Canadian outfit Saint Asonia. More info

: 26th July

Swing into Summer with Marianas Trench, the Canadian pop rock purveyors of effervescent, feel-good anthems about love, life and all things in between! Don't miss out on their infectious energy as they hit the road for the second time in 2016, completing the 'Hey You Guys Tour!!" they started in 2015 in support of their latest album Astoria. More info

: 10th July

There would never have been a New Kids on the Block or an N*Sync without New Edition - This veteran Boy Band were the Jackson 5 of the 1980s! Now grown men, the former teenage heartthrobs who sang Candy girl and Mr. Telephone are back and touring the USA. More info

VIDEO GAMES LIVE

Perfect for gamer fans of all ages, this highly successful concert series marries together popular computer games with classical music in an audio-visual experience that will blow your mind! Whether its the recent Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, or Mario Brothers and Pacman of old, there is something for everyone to enjoy! So dig out your geekiest gaming t-shirt, cosplay it up as one of your favorite characters, or come as you are for this once in a lifetime experience!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Jul 2016:

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Jul 22, 2016

Wellmont Theatre

Jul 23, 2016

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