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The 20 Biggest Concerts and Music Fests Coming to Philly in Summer 2017

Superstars and up-and-comers hit Philly’s big summer venues

Philadelphia's summer 2017 concert season features some of the year’s biggest music performances at the city’s largest and most iconic venues.

From classic rock icons to R&B royalty, there are concerts that appeal to music lovers of any genre.

Outdoor venues like the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and BB&T Pavilion add a summer breeze to these exciting shows while arenas like the Wells Fargo Center offer an outstanding indoor concert experience.

Read more for the biggest area concerts of the summer.

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John Legend at BB&T Pavilion

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John Legend brings his showstopping R&B to BB&T Pavilion this summer. (Photo courtesy John Legend)

June 22, 2017

John Legend's soulful voice and skills as a pianist have led to R&B hits like Ordinary People as well as an Academy Award for Glory from Selma. Don't miss this talented musician when he takes the stage at BB&T Pavilion across the Delaware River this June.

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Wawa Welcome America's Party on the Parkway 4th of July Concert

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Wawa Welcome America's Party on the Parkway 4th of July Concert is one of the year's biggest music events. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

July 4, 2017

Party on the Parkway — Philly’s famous 4th of July music tradition — is back on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. R&B icon Mary J. Blige is headlining this year’s free(!) concert with hip-hop soul hits fit for a celebration. The Parkway stage will also welcome the Philly POPS Big Band, jazz singer Tony DeSare and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez who has performed in Hamilton, In The Heights and Wicked. Plus, Boyz II Men will make an appearance as they are honored for their impressive career.

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Mad Decent Block Party at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing

July 7, 2017

Although Diplo has uprooted to L.A., at least once a year he returns to his original home of Philadelphia as part of his annual nationwide Mad Decent Block Party tour. The local team on the bill this year includes Baauer, Dirty South Joe and Swizzymack, keeping show-goers moving and grooving all night long at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.

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Ed Sheeran at the Wells Fargo Center

July 11-12, 2017

Fans worldwide have fallen in love with British pop star Ed Sheeran's stripped-down pop tunes. Catch one of his dates at the Wells Fargo Center during his memorable stay in South Philly.

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Gorillaz at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

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One of the premier outdoor venues in Philly, Festival Pier at Penn's Landing welcomes Gorillaz in mid-July. (Photo courtesy Festival Pier)

July 13, 2017

Pop music’s favorite virtual “band” brings their talents to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing for what should be a show complete with hits, animated magic and other surprises.

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Reggae in the Park at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

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Annual reggae music celebration Reggae in the Park hits the Mann Center this July. (Photo courtesy Mann Center for the Performing Arts)

July 16, 2017

Reggae in the Park at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is known for lively reggae performances and roots culture. This year’s headliners include Ziggy Marley and reggae legend Beres Hammond.

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Kendrick Lamar with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. at the Wells Fargo Center

July 19, 2017

Fresh off of his extremely successful third album DAMN., superstar MC Kendrick Lamar plays this arena show with fellow hip-hop stars Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.

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XPoneNtial Music Festival at BB&T Pavilion

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Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. (Photo courtesy WXPN)

July 28-30, 2017

Radio station WXPN’s influential XPoneNtial Music Festival is back this year and features a number of noteworthy pop and rock acts, including Wilco, Spoon, Drive-By Truckers, Amos Lee and more. Also on tap: local Philly talent including Hop Along and Hurry.

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Diana Ross at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

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Diana Ross will electrify the crowd at the Mann Center in late July. (Photo courtesy Mann Center for the Performing Arts)

July 29, 2017

R&B diva Diana Ross is famous for her pop hits both with The Supremes and as a solo artist. Catch her must-see performance at the Mann Center this July.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at the Wells Fargo Center

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bring their classic rock sound to the Wells Fargo Center this summer. (Photo courtesy Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)

July 29, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers continue their run as a mega-popular classic rock band with no signs of slowing down when their tour hits the Wells Fargo Center at the end of July.

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Queen + Adam Lambert at the Wells Fargo Center

July 30, 2017

Iconic rock band Queen practically created stadium rock with songs like We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. Aided on this tour by vocalist Adam Lambert, Queen’s show will have everyone on their feet and feeling like a champion.

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Linkin Park at BB&T Pavilion

August 1, 2017

Led by frontman Mike Shinoda, California’s rap-rock stars Linkin Park rose to stardom in the early 2000s thanks to their invigorating performances and fusion of hip-hop and rock music. They bring their One More Light World Tour to BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, in early August.

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Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey at the Wells Fargo Center

August 16, 2017

Lionel Richie is famous for Dancing On The Ceiling, Endless Love and Hello. Mariah Carey has the voice of an angel and hits in Always Be My Baby and Fantasy. Put them together for a concert of R&B and pop royalty and you have the makings of a great time.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm

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The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

August 17-20, 2017

The 56th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival attracts musicians, storytellers and craftspeople for a weekend of song and merriment at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the Wells Fargo Center

August 18, 2017

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are happily married — and also co-headliners of a country music tour of two of the genre’s most beloved artists. With both of their catalogs full of hits, be prepared for a rowdy good time.

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Green Day at BB&T Pavilion

August 31, 2017

Legendary pop-punk group Green Day is known for playing to sell-out stadiums full of rabid fans. Put on a comfortable pair of shoes and come out to see a great band doing what they love to do.

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Made in America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

September 2-3, 2017

Now in it’s fifth year, the Budweiser Made In America music festival has become one of the most talked-about concert events of the year. Look forward to catching headliners JAY-Z and the Chainsmokers as well as stars from various other genres over the two-day fest.

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Lady Gaga at the Wells Fargo Center

September 10-11, 2017

Lady Gaga stuns audiences with energized party jams and elaborate productions. She brings her exciting concerts to the Wells Fargo Center for two nights this September.

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Katy Perry at the Wells Fargo Center

September 18, 2017

Katy Perry is no stranger to great shows. With her beautiful singing voice and legion of loyal fans, Perry’s concerts feel more like parties where everyone knows the words to their favorite songs. Catch her at the Wells Fargo Center in mid-September.

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