A flurry of music news has emerged in the past few days, giving us an early look at what to expect in the coming months from several major artists and festivals. From new Bruno Mars tour dates to several major music festival lineups, these announcements signal an exciting year ahead for live event fans across the country.
Bruno Mars Announces 2014 Moonshine Jungle Tour Dates
Bruno Mars released his sophomore album “Unorthodox Jukebox” in late 2012, and the album netted him four GRAMMY nominations on Dec. 6, including Record and Song of the Year (“Locked Out of Heaven”), as well as Best Pop Solo Performance (“When I Was Your Man”) and Vocal Album. The record also inspired the 2013 Moonshine Jungle Tour, which visited 20 countries last year. Mars later revealed plans to expand the tour to more than 10 new countries in 2014, in addition to adding dozens of new North American dates. His first U.S. dates on the trek will take him to his hometown of Honolulu (April 18-19), before he visits cities like New Orleans (June 7), Auburn Hills, Mich. (June 18), Boston (July 2), Toronto (July 26), Eugene, Ore. (Aug. 11), and more. The final concert is scheduled for Aug. 17 at the open-air Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, Colo. Prior to the tour's launch, fans can catch a live performance by Mars and special guest, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, during the halftime show for Super Bowl XLVIII.
OutKast to Headline Numerous Music Festivals for 20th Anniversary Tour
In 1994, OutKast released “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” the first album that introduced the Atlanta-based duo of André 3000 and Big Boi to the world. The hip-hop group eventually became a household name after songs like “Hey Ya!” and “Ms. Jackson” earned top spots on the Billboard Hot 100, but it’s been nearly eight years since OutKast released any new music. In honor of the upcoming anniversary, however, the group announced on Jan. 13 that it would be headlining more than 40 festivals around the world in 2014. So far, the duo is confirmed for sets at Coachella (April 11-13 and 18-20), its hometown Counterpoint Festival in Atlanta (April 25-27), the inaugural Big Guava Music Festival (May 2-4), Hangout Festival (May 16-18), Governors Ball Music Festival (June 6-8), and Firefly Festival (June 19-22). Rumors have been circulating that they’ll appear at Bonnaroo (June 12-15) and Lollapalooza (Aug. 1-3), but those lineups haven't been announced just yet.
Multiple 2014 Music Festival Lineups Announced
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – New Orleans, La. | April 25-27, May 1-4
One of the most significant music festivals in Louisiana, the annual New Orleans Jazz Festival always hosts a wide variety of artists over its two weekends on the New Orleans Fairgrounds. So far, more than 80 artists have been confirmed, including headliners Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, and Christina Aguilera. The lineup, announced Jan. 14, also includes hometown performers Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Aaron Neville, as well as jam bands Phish and The String Cheese Incident. Arcade Fire, Santana, and Robin Thicke also will perform.
Hangout Music Festival – Gulf Shores, Ala. | May 16-18
Set on the beach of Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Shores, the Hangout Music Festival gives fans a picturesque setting in which to enjoy some of the year’s biggest acts. In addition to OutKast, headliners include The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, and The Killers, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album “Hot Fuss” this year. Over its three-day run, Hangout Festival also will spotlight a diverse collection of musicians, including Modest Mouse, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, and Childish Gambino.
Governors Ball NYC Music Festival – New York, N.Y. | June 6-8
Sine 2011, the Governors Ball Music Festival has drawn a veritable arsenal of successful performers to Manhattan’s Randall's Island each year. In 2014, OutKast, Jack White, and Vampire Weekend will headline, as will the NYC-based The Strokes, who haven’t played a live show in the U.S. for more than two years. More than 60 artists make up the remainder of the festival's bill, including Foster the People, Phoenix, Skrillex, and Fitz and the Tantrums.
Firefly Music Festival – Dover, Del. | June 19-22
The Firefly Music Festival first started in 2012, and today, remains one of the most popular music festivals on the East Coast. In its third year, the festival will feature a set from OutKast, plus fellow headliners Jack Johnson and the Foo Fighters. “Radioactive” hit-makers Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Arctic Monkeys, and Weezer are also on tap for the June festival, along with more than 95 other musical acts.
Summerfest –Milwaukee, Wis. | June 25-29, July 1-6
While a full lineup for this “World’s Largest Music Festival” is still in the works, as of Jan. 15, Summerfest has revealed four headliners that will perform at Marcus Amphitheater. The first night (June 25) will be headlined by Bruno Mars as part of his ongoing tour, while Lady Gaga will bring her artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour to the festival grounds the following night (June 26). Dave Matthews Band’s sprawling 2014 summer tour includes a stop at the festival on July 2, and Zac Brown Band will take the stage on July 3.