With the new year just around the corner, it's never too soon to start plotting your concert calendar for 2014. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of some of the most anticipated tours and festivals of 2014.
Lady Gaga's artRave — the ARTPOP ball
Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP, is a polarizing effort that consumers and critics either love or hate, but live she is a spectacle not to be missed — not only for the costumes and big production values, but for those moments when she strips it down and bares her voice and piano chops, exposing her real talent underneath the glitz and glamour.
Gaga's page views on StubHub were up an incredible 900% in the week after her 2014 tour was announced, so you know there's going to be plenty of demand. The first leg kicks off May 4 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and runs through July 14 in Los Angeles.
George Strait — The Cowboy Rides Away tour
Strait is hanging up his touring hat, hence the title of this trek. The first leg featured 21 dates in 2013. Now, Strait is saddling up for a second leg with 20 concerts and they're selling like hotcakes. His final show, June 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, sold out more than 100,000 tickets within hours on going on sale.
One Direction — Where We Are tour
Say what you will about the world's most popular boy band, but they've never been bigger. This time around the boys are hitting stadiums, with multiple dates in some cities, on their tour that kicks off Aug. 1 in Toronto Canada. So far, they're StubHub's top-selling act of 2014. Simply put, there are few acts in the history of popular music who have played multiple dates at Chicago's Soldier Field and Pasadena, Calif.'s Rose Bowl, and like them or not, 1D is one of them.
The lineup hasn't been announced yet, but it doesn't matter, you know this annual festival in the Southern California desert will be good. Coachella can sell tickets based on the name of the festival alone because the legions of attendees know that promoter Goldenvoice doesn't disappoint. Once again, it will run two weekends, April 11-14 and April 18-20.
The Eagles — History of the Eagles tour
The Eagles have been around so long that there's a chance your mom and dad were grooving to them — and now you're a parent yourself. That cross-generational appeal means that they have a lot of fans. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and company will be offering a career retrospective on this trek that's already helped the Eagles crack StubHub's top-five selling acts of 2014. A bonus for Los Angelenos, the tour kicks off Jan. 15 with six nights at the remodeled once-again fabulous Forum, which has been converted into a premiere concert venue.
Other hot tickets:
Billy Joel — The piano man is back on the road with a residency at Madison Square Garden and other dates.
Miley Cyrus — The twerk-queen had everyone talking in 2013. In 2014, we'll see if she can deliver the heat live.
Justin Timberlake — After conquering stadiums with Jay Z, J.T. is taking his show indoors sans Hova.
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