The sounds of summer are pretty sweet in Philadelphia.
It’s been a landmark year for live music in the city, and as temperatures heat up, so too does the concert calendar.
Hitting major stages this summer are music’s reigning king and queen Jay-Z and Beyonce, the last-ever Warped Tour, Phish and so much more.
Read on for our picks for the biggest area concerts of the summer.
Philly hip-hop and R&B leaders Jill Scott, Boyz II Men, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more ring in summer with a concert thrown by local R&B and throwbacks station WDAS in this outdoor venue with superb city skyline views.
Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
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Nothing says Independence Day like a performance from a British singer. Pop-soul artist Sam Smith plays an arena that’s fit for his bellowing voice, versatile enough to fit seamlessly across genres, from dance to heart-wrenching ballads.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
An annual staple, this free concert brings thousands of eager partiers to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for an afternoon block party that transitions into a festive night time celebration (fireworks and all). This year, rapper Pitbull headlines with support from Tony and Grammy Award-winner Heather Headley and the Philly POPS BIG Band.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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Since the late ’90s, the name Shania Twain has conjured up images of crop tops and massive country-pop hits like Man! I Feel Like a Woman! and That Don’t Impress Me Much. Following a decade-plus touring hiatus, Twain made a comeback last year with a new album, and now a choreography-heavy tour comes to the Wells Fargo Center in mid-July.
It’s hard to deny the importance and influence of Ms. Lauryn Hill’s sole album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, released 20 years ago. Artists today from Drake to Cardi B frequently sample her music. This summer, she celebrates the album with an anniversary tour, with a stop in Philly outside along the Delaware River waterfront.
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
After 23 years of emo and pop-punk summer road tripping that helped spawn a genre and a brand of its own, Warped Tour is calling it quits. This year’s show, which takes place both in the BB&T Pavilion’s parking lot and outdoor amphitheater, features some of the event’s best artists of past and present, including 3OH!3, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Simple Plan, Grayscale, Yungblud and more.
Where: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ
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Dazzling stadiums full of fans for the better part of a decade, Taylor Swift knows a thing or two about keeping concert-goers on the edge of their seats. Though the singer has made pivot to full pop star with her latest album Reputation, don’t expect to walk away without hearing older hits like Love Story and You Belong with Me in the mix with sultry cuts like Look What You Made Me Do. She calls the Eagles’ stadium home for two nights this July.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Fans of both ’90s alternative rock and power chords will revel in a Weezer/Pixies co-headlining tour. Though both bands have released new albums within the last two years, expect a heavy dose of nostalgia at Camden’s 25,000-person-capacity concert venue.
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After Kesha made an appearance on the track Good Old Days on Macklemore’s latest album, the pair decided to make things more official with a co-headlining tour. Kesha continues to flex her genre-spanning muscles in support of her triumphant third album Rainbow while Macklemore brings the fun on Gemini, his first record without producer Ryan Lewis.
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Not many bands that emerged during the MySpace era feature a trajectory that includes Broadway and stadium shows. Panic! at the Disco has managed to shift and shape its sound from a burlesque-meets-electronic debut to radio-friendly alternative that showcases vocalist Brendon Urie’s versatile croon. Sing along with nearly 20,000 of your closest friends at this show in South Philly in late July.
This prolific 1990s alternative band will celebrate 30 years of conflicts, controversy and, of course, anthemic hits like 1979 and Tonight, Tonight on this reunion tour (without founding bassist D’arcy Wretzky), which includes a stop at the Wells Fargo Center.
For the last 25 years, non-commercial radio station WXPN has been throwing its own music festival, bringing its adult contemporary rotation to life. This year, the three-day extravaganza is marked by two nights of shows at the BB&T Pavilion. David Byrne and Sylvan Esso play Friday, July 27 while The War On Drugs and more take the stage Saturday, July 28. Nearby Wiggins Park is where you can catch outdoor sets from Margo Price, Sunflower Bean, Phoebe Bridgers, Hurry, Harmony Woods and more.
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Four years after their first co-headlining jaunt, Jay-Z and Beyonce are back at it again for the On The Run II Tour. No strangers to theatrics and larger-than-life performances, the stakes this time around feel even more dramatic since the release of the artists’ groundbreaking 4:44 and Lemonade, respectively.
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2017 was a milestone year for Radiohead. They headlined Coachella, celebrated the 20th anniversary of their defining album OK Computer by reissuing the album with unreleased tracks and were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2018, momentum is still on the band’s side with a two-date stopover in South Philly.
Dubbed the “Godmother of Soul” by the The New Yorker in 2016, Erykah Badu, has left a mark on the music industry with unmistakable R&B vocals. Despite not releasing an album in eight years, Badu tours for much of the year, including a stop at this underrated outdoor amphitheater in Strawberry Mansion.
Where: The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
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On his latest album Graffiti U, Keith Urban blends old-school country sonic touches with fresh pop production, bridging the divide between the state of the genre at the start of his career and now. When he comes to Camden later this summer, the country heavyweight will show all angles of his decades-long career.
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Collectively, the lineup of Kings & Queens of RnB — Philly native Musiq Soulchild, Keyshia Cole, Ginuwine, Next and 702 — have been nominated for 18 Grammys and have released 30 albums, meaning there’s a lot of smooth sounds to cover.
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For Phish fans, it’s an unspoken ritual to catch a show on the band’s highly successful yearly treks. Following their “Baker’s Dozen” shows at Madison Square Garden last summer, Phish return to the Philly area for two performances.
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Like other are artists hitting the Philly area this summer (e.g. Kesha and Macklemore, Weezer and Pixies and Beyonce and Jay-Z), hip-hop artists Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd are teaming up for a summer tour. Fresh off the release of his first album in seven years, Wiz pairs up with the brothers who popularized the Mannequin Challenge with their song Black Beatles.
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This year’s Reggae in the Park celebrates the most prominent artists in the genre, new and old, from Grammy Award-nominated Soja to newcomer Chronixx. The festival features two stages, DJ sets, arts and crafts vendors, Caribbean and global cuisine and more.
It’s another summer double feature, this time with country superstars Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town. The former has won more Country Music Awards than anyone in history, while the latter group just hosted the CMT Music Awards.
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Making her second hometown appearance so far this year after April’s performance at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia native and legendary R&B vocalist Patti LaBelle rounds out the 5,000-seat open-air amphitheater’s summer calendar.
Where: Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Jay-Z’s presence bookmarks the summer when his festival, Made In America, once again makes its mark on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day Weekend. With headliners Nicki Minaj and Post Malone, the hip-hop heavy lineup is sure to bring thousands of partygoers to the city, making the festival one of the city’s landmark annual events.
When you’re as prolific as Elton John (who has over 40 albums and six Grammys to his name), you take three years to properly retire. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour heads into its second month when Elton and crew stop by for two days.
Following in his former One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik’s footsteps, boy-bander Niall Horan tries folk-pop on his solo debut Flicker released last year. What hasn’t changed since his One Direction days: He still plays to massive venues.
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Despite Drake’s recent beef with Pusha-T, there’s nothing but love on the Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour. No two names have dominated hip-hop more in recent years, and with the artists’ recent collaboration on Walk It Talk It, the tour pairing is apt.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street
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The Willie Nelson-curated and -headlining traveling country music festival brings to Camden a bevy of great artists: Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real and Particle Kid.
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Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, started the summer making a resonant statement about the country in the video for This Is America, a song that quickly went platinum. He embarks on the tour of the same name in support of what many hope is a new album.
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If you tuned into the Grammys this year, you heard one name more than the rest: Bruno Mars. With chart-topping hits That’s What I Like and 24K Magic, the pop-soul-funk singer caps off the summer with bright and friendly tunes.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.