by Jessica Colarossi
With only several days in to 2014, it’s time for music-lovers and concert addicts from all over the country to start planning out their list of festivals to attend, albums to look out for, and tours to stop by. It’ll be hard for 2014 to stack up to the immense amount of new music and artists 2013 produced, but so far it seems to be looking good. Here’s some music you do not want to miss for 2014!
Just today, Coachella announced their line up for the beloved 3 day festival in Indio, California. Major curve-ball: OUTKAST REUNITED. They will be headlining on that Friday, April 11th, being their first performance in over a decade. You’ll also be able to find them headlining Governor’s Ball in NYC, June 6-8th. Also that day at Coachella, the Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Haim, Ellie Goulding and many more will be performing. The rest of the days look just as hot, with performances from Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, MGMT, Empire of the Sun, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lana Del Rey and plenty more. The two other headlining acts are Muse and Arcade Fire, who also has their Reflektor Tour going on. With the outrageous success of their newly released album Reflektor, Arcade Fire is definitely on the list on bands to see in 2014.
Mathew Bellamy, the front-man of Muse, recently told Rolling Stone they plan on writing/recording new music, some of which could possibly released by Summer 2014. Bellamy spoke of experimenting with their older style of music, and getting back in touch with their musical roots. This will definitely be something to keep an eye on as the new year progresses.
Coachella is only the first tour to announce their line-up, however. Other classic favorites to watch out for include, Bonnarro, Lallapollozza, Riot Fest, Jazz Fest in New Orleans (which had a great line of diverse artists last year), Hangout Music Fest (has had some killer line-ups in the past) , and the close-to-home festival, Boston Calling. There’s countless more, all of which will be most-likely announcing their line-ups within the next couple off months. A great way to find festivals in your home-town state is this little gem, Findfestival.com where you can search by state and country.
Besides festivals, a number of tours are already planned to make their way across the United States. Lorde recently announced her arrival to America for a Spring 2014 tour, beginning in March. This 17 year old New Zealand Native has already became the Queen of pop, with her hit song “Royals.” With her outspoken lyrics making fun of the celebrity lifestyle and other social issues, Lorde, has made a splash within the past year and will be unstoppable within the next year.
Other note-worthy tours include Lady Gaga, who will be at the Roseland Ballroom in New York for seven consecutive days, and at TD Garden in Boston, MA on June 30th. With her cult following and new album, ARTPOP, her tour will likely be a huge success.
For the pop-punk lovers, Paramore and Fall Out Boy just announced they will be co-headlining a Summer 2014 tour, making for the ultimate punk nostalgia-filled show you’ll see all year. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Jan. 13th, and more information on dates and tickets could be found here.
Also on the rock side of the music spectrum, pop-punk veterans Blink-182 recently spoke about releasing new music in Summer 2014. Also following up with this claim, bassist Mark Hoppus has been Tweeting about getting ideas for writing music. This will also have to be another group to keep an eye on for this year.
With the overwhelming amount of tours, festivals and music rumors, there are plenty of album pre-orders set to be released in 2014, such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Church, Young the Giant, Broken Bells, and many more. This year has just begun; it’s the time to keep an open mind and open eyes to all the great music experiences that await. Remember, there’s no better way to start a new year than to try something new.