While the warm air and sunny skies of summertime likely come to mind when thinking about music festivals, there are actually a handful of major concert events that set sail well before Memorial Day. The usual suspects are back in terms of the music festival arena, which includes high-profile events from February to April, leading up to the Lollapaloozas and Austin City Limits featured during the summer months and into the fall. Check out some of the noteworthy upcoming events below and feel free to browse our complete stock of 2013 music festivals tickets available at Vivid Seats.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Tickets | Feb. 25-March 17
The combination of concerts, carnivals, rodeo, livestock, pig racing, and more, all over a two-week span at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, continues to excel as one of the year’s top live events. Texans know how to have a good time, and with the kinds of acts comprising the 2013 Houston Rodeo lineup, it’s sure to be one heck of a party. For starters, music fans can take in a night with Toby Keith on Feb. 25, followed by performances from Gary Allan (Feb. 26), Alan Jackson (Feb. 27), Zac Brown Band (Feb. 28), Mary J. Blige (March 1), Brantley Gilbert (March 2), Demi Lovato (March 3), Austin Mahone (March 3), Styx (March 4), Lady Antebellum (March 5), Dierks Bentley (March 6), Bruno Mars (March 7), Tim McGraw (March 8), The Band Perry (March 9), Julion Alvarez (March 10), Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon (March 10), Jason Aldean (March 11), Kenny Chesney (March 12), Jake Owen (March 13), Pitbull (March 14), Blake Shelton (March 15), and Luke Bryan (March 16). On March 17, be sure to attend the epic conclusion, which is scheduled to include George Strait, Martina McBride, and the Randy Rogers Band.
South by Southwest (SXSW) Tickets | March 8-17
Similar to the Houston Rodeo, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) also features the intermixing of several different areas of interest, but for this event, film, interactive media, music, and trade shows are front and center over 10 days (March 8-17) of daily conferences broken down by each respective category. Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 Music Conference, which typically boasts a long list of up-and-coming performers. Past “unknowns” that went on to hit it big include John Mayer, James Blunt, and Hanson. Currently, Vivid Seats does not have any South by Southwest tickets in stock, but check back often as our inventory updates daily.
Ultra Music Festival Tickets | March 15-17, 22-24
Miami’s Bayfront Park will be rockin’ come March when the 15th annual Ultra Music Festival rolls into town. Too big for just a couple days, this event is spread out over two separate weekends (March 15-17 and 22-24) for a combined six days of must-see performances. Mark your calendar now as the 2013 Ultra Music Festival lineup includes the likes of Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Matt and Kim, Afrojack, and much more in one of the hottest concert events South Beach has to offer.
Coachella Tickets | April 12-14, 19-21
We may still be a few weeks away from an official lineup confirmation, but that hasn’t stopped the anticipation from building with just a few months to go before the 2013 installment gets underway. With a list of artists last year that included Radiohead, Swedish House Mafia, The Black Keys, and the epic Tupac hologram, it’s anyone’s guess as to what will be in store for this April’s Coachella lineup. As usual, the rumors have been rampant for weeks with the latest speculation hinting at a possible appearance from none other than The Rolling Stones. Similarly, most names thrown around have been of those who made waves in 2012 including Mumford and Sons, Passion Pit, Muse, No Doubt, and Deadmau5. Only time will tell which guesses were accurate, but for now, check out our inventory of Coachella tickets on sale for both the first weekend (April 12-14) and second weekend (April 19-21) of shows.
Stagecoach Country Music Festival Tickets | April 26-28
Country music fans have many, many options throughout the year, but this is always one of the first to kick off, taking place April 26-28. Following in the footsteps of the Coachella Music Festival, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival also claims residence at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. The event also echoes that of Coachella in terms of its equally impressive artist lineup, which this year is essentially a who’s who of the country music industry. The three-day event will feature over 40 performances by such big-name acts as Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Lonestar, Darius Rucker, Toby Keith, and Zac Brown Band, just to name a few.