Once again we’re back with updates on the upcoming live music events in 2021 and beyond. Since our last update two months ago, things have gotten a little more hopeful for (safe) live music in 2021. Vaccines are rolling out and festivals have made some major announcements (and sales). And of course, the livestreams keep on streaming, so we’ve got some updates on those as well!
Veeps is still bringing the streams! Their most notable upcoming events include Retirement Party on Audiotree (March 11), Bad Suns’ Disappear Here show (March 13), Julian Baker on Audiotree (March 25), Waterparks’ Anti Tour performance (March 27), Sponge (March 27), and Cradle of Filth (May 12).
The Alternative Streaming Sundays
Each Sunday, The Alternative hosts a live stream on their YouTube channel. As you can see above, this month’s shows are absolutely stacked with performances from Nervous Dater, Old Soul, Kali Masi, and a ton more awesome artists. As far as I can see, The Alternative doesn’t list the shows on their website (but they do post them on socials), so the easiest way to see what’s upcoming is to peep the Don’t Let the Scene Go Down on Me Instagram.
Around the Campfire
Another livestream series with weekly events is Around the Campfire, hosted by Long Neck each Friday. Upcoming performers include Cold Wrecks, niiice., and Long Neck themselves! Check out upcoming events at AroundTheCampfire.online.
Vaccines and COVID-safety: Are shows possible this year?
In January, the New York Times reported that Dr. Fauci believes that medium-sized venues should be able to open sometime mid-Fall once the US reaches herd immunity, as long as venues are properly ventilated.
According to a Wall Street Journal article from last week, LiveNation CEO Michael Rapino believes outdoor amphitheater shows will be back by summer. AEG CEO Jay Marciano believes full-capacity club and theater shows will be back this fall.
Also last week, Biden stated that the US will have enough vaccines produced for all adults by the end of May. Just yesterday, the CDC stated that those who are fully vaccinated are able to safely gather with one another without masks and social distancing. Though not everyone is able to get vaccinated (due to health or personal reasons), each step towards herd immunity and being able to gather safely is a step closer to the return of concerts! For more information on how the Covid vaccines work, read this article from the CDC or view this 5-minute video from AsapScience about mRNA vaccines from December.
Since outdoor ventilation can help rapidly disperse covid particles from those infected, it’s generally safer than indoors, but still not a completely safe bet without other precautions. It’s quite likely that more outdoor shows, such as the drive-in shows we saw last year and other outdoor events, will be back before indoor shows of similar size.
Across the pond, U.K. authorities have okayed large music events starting in late June. Following the government’s announcement, the iconic Reading and Leeds Festival went on sale, selling over 100,000 tickets and selling out of weekend passes that same day. It’s clear that all us music-lovers are hungry for live music, and hopefully we can safely get our fix soon enough!
Live Events Planned for 2021
So what events in the US are planned for this year? Lets take a look!
Concerts Currently on Sale
As of writing, here are the events currently on sale:
- Aftershock (Sacramento, CA; October 7-10, 2021)
- The Fest (Gainesville, FL; October 29-31, 2021)
- Outside Lands (San Francisco, CA; August 6-8, 2021)
- Psycho Las Vegas (NV; August 20-22, 2021)
- Riot Fest (Chicago, IL; September 17-19, 2021)
- Shadow of the City (Asbury Park, NJ; Moved to September 11, 2021)
- Sixthman cruises (sailing out of Athens, Greece; New York; and Miami, FL; Next events starting August, 2021 – Check out our interview with Production Manager Ethan Schwartz)
- SXSW (digital; March 16-20, 2021)
- Aerosmith’s 50th Anniversary show is now September 14, 2021
- Bikini Kill will be touring the U.S. in September-November
- The Doobie Brothers‘ 50th Anniversary tour kicks of July 2021
- Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour kicks off in September 2021 in Europe, and hits the U.S. in January 2022
- Guns N’ Roses‘ U.S. tour is now July-August, 2021
- Hot Mulligan’s tour with Heart Attack Man, Meet Me @ The Altar, and Super American is scheduled May-June, 2021, though I haven’t seen any updates recently so TBD I suppose
- Kiss’ End of the Road Tour kicks off August 18 in the U.S.
- Matchbox Twenty‘s North America tour is July-October, 2021
- Rage Against the Machine‘s reunion tour is now taking place in June-August, 2021
Dates set, not yet on sale
These are the festivals and events that have dates set, but are not currently on sale:
- Austin City Limits (Austin, TX; Oct 1-3 & 8-10, 2021) – No updates since virtual ACL last year
- Blue Ridge Rock Festival (Lynchburg, VA; September 9-12, 2021 – Check out our interview with CEO Jon Slye) – Updated website recently with a 2021 landing page, recently teased possible announcement soon
- Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN; September 2-5, 2021) – No updates since rescheduling to new dates.
- Buku: Planet B (New Orleans, LA; October 22+23, 2021) – Buku is usually scheduled for March. This year only, they’re planning an event in October, with plans to resume regular Buku in March 2022. Website states to expect Planet B lineup this Spring, and regular Buku lineup this Fall.
- Gov Ball (New York City, NY; September 24-26, 2021) – Though this festival is usually in June, they announced earlier this year that the 2021 festival will be in September. Their site has a little FAQ about the 2021 fest, but information such as on sale and lineup remain to be seen.
- Inkcarceration (Mansfield, OH; September 10-12, 2021) – Though the festival is usually in July, they announced yesterday that this year’s festival is now scheduled for September. Lineup and on sale dates are expected to be released in April.
- Coachella: The festival hasn’t yet been officially cancelled or postponed, despite being scheduled for next month. Rumors started circulating in October 2020 that the festival would be postponed until October 2021, but those reports have been neither confirmed nor denied. In December, a reporter at the Desert Sun shared myriad information that the festival is unlikely to occur in April 2021 as planned. Given how long it’s been without updates and that the festival’s website makes no mention of the 2021 event, it’s highly unlikely its preceding as originally planned.
- Firefly Festival: The event’s website still displays their statement from 2020’s cancellation saying “we look forward to welcoming you in the Woodlands in June 2021,” but no dates have been confirmed. Their social media has been pretty quiet as well.
- Hangout Fest (Gulf Shores, AL) – Hangout announced at the end of last month that the May festival is not a go. According to the statement, they are considering doing a festival in the fall. Otherwise, Hangout will resume on May 20-22, 2022. Ticketholders should have received an email to get a refund or rollover their tickets by Feb 23.
- Lollapalooza: Another festival that has yet to release specific dates for 2021, if they have any planned. The top of their website has an email sign up asking you to “Join the E-List to get info on Lolla 2021,” but the fest’s socials have been incredibly quiet all year.