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Which Genres of Music Give Fans the Most Time to Plan for Tours?

January 12, 2023 by Stephen Spiewak


Fans of NCT 127 had a quick turnaround for the group's most recent tour.

On Thursday, January 5,  at 8:00 a.m. CST, Sam Smith announced a 2023 tour, set to kick off in Miami on July 15. About three hours later, K-pop boy band CIX took to Twitter to share news of its own 2023 tour.

The tour announcements occurred hours apart, but there will be months separating the actual concerts. 

According to a Vivid Seats analysis of concert data, the K-pop genre has the shortest window between when concert tours go on sale and when the shows take place. 

On average, 89 days separate the two, compared to 164 days for traditional pop concerts.

In the case of Smith, their tour will conclude on Sept. 8, giving fans of the British pop star an opportunity to see them past Labor Day. CIX will play its last show on March 26 in Oakland.

The short timeline is something K-pop fans are familiar with.

Last month, tickets for popular K-pop act NCT 127 went on sale on December 19 for the group’s small set of shows in the U.S. The tour kicks off on January 9 in Chicago, where NCT 127 last performed in the spring of 2019. 

While pop fans enjoy nearly six months on average to prepare to attend a concert, fans of classical music and opera have the longest wait. For classical music concerts, nearly seven months separate when a performance goes on sale and when it takes place.

Famed violinist and conductor Andre Rieu announced in December 2022 plans for his next arena tour. It will not begin until September 2023.

Browse the chart to see the full breakdown by genre.

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