By Nee-Sa Lossing
Whether they’re trekking across the country for one of the many big name festivals or heading out to one of the expensive arena tours in their town, music fans drop serious dough each summer to see their favorite artists.
But luckily, this summer, budget-conscious music lovers can have loads of fun without using loads of cash.
To make things a little easier, we here at Radio.com have compiled a handy-dandy list of ten tours that won’t cost you more than $30. Though unfortunately, none are as cheap as J. Cole’s Dollar & A Dream Tour, which in fact cost just one buck. But we’ll assume no one’s complaining too much about dropping thirty big ones, right?
So for all the hip-hop heads, rockers and pop fans out there, here are ten summer tours that won’t make you feel any sort of buyer’s remorse.
Wiz and A$AP gathered an impressive roster for the Under the Influence of Music Tour: B.o.B, Trinidad James and Joey Bada$$. Even more impressive is that fans get a chance to see all of these artists without breaking the bank. The guys kick of their U.S. amphitheater tour on July 17th making stops in major cities across the country. Lawn seats are the most economical option (bring a picnic for you and your friends!), while more expensive reserved seats are also available at most venues.
2. Best Coast
The So-Cal surf-rockers are bringing their brand of beachy vibes cross-country for some summertime fun. For under $30, fans can be transported to a sandy shore via upbeat tempos and echoing vocals from singer Bethany Cosentino. Be sure to catch openers Bleached, who add a litte extra sunshine to your life with their retro, lo-fi tunes.
3. Mac Miller
This hip-hop up-and-comer is hitting the road on his Space Migration Tour, featuring Chance the Rapper and Odd Future affiliates The Internet and Earl Sweatshirt. The 21-year-old MC just released his sophomore album earlier this month, which gives him the whole summer to practice his latest material before heading to Europe with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz in the fall.
Gavin DeGraw is hopping aboard Train’s Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour, kicking off July 11 in Virginia Beach and continuing through August 14. The amphitheater tour leaves flexibility for ticket prices, including lawn seats that cost under $30 and put right underneath the starry night sky. Possibly the best place to be while listening to moody pop rock. The Script, Ashley Monroe and Michael Franti are also set to appear on select dates throughout the jaunt.
The indie-pop group impressed critics while opening for bands like Maroon 5, Flogging Molly, The Specials, and this summer they’re hitting the road with Bruno Mars. But Fitz & The Tantrums, who the Los Angeles Times called “the kind of band that communicates best in concert,” are worthy of their own headlining slot. Lucky for everyone, the band has scheduled their own headlining tour for the cheap. A real steal for anyone who hasn’t gotten a chance to see these guys play.
6. Kid Rock
The rocker is currently on the road with Kool & The Gang, ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker for his $20 Best Night Ever Tour. The U.S. tour will make stops in major cities around the country through September 15. He’s even treating his Midwestern fans to an eight-night residency in his hometown of Detroit in August. As its name indicates, standard tickets cost just $20, with more expensive VIP options available.
With eight albums under their belts, these psyche rockers are seasoned performers. Backing their major label sophomore effort, Evil Friends, which was released last month, the group is making their way around the country to show off their live performance skills.
8. Peter Murphy
The goth rocker is celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus with his Mr. Moonlight Tour. Murphy is honoring his influential band by performing solely Bauhaus songs, which are sure to send fans into fits of nostalgia as he takes the stage at club venues across America. The international tour hits North America on July 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.
No need to whisper at the duo’s show, where hip-hop fans are sure to be shaking it like a salt shaker and getting low. Party like it’s 2004 on the Ying Tang Twins’ Keep Calm and Twerk Tour, where they’re sure to mix in some older fan favorites alongside new material from their upcoming effort All Around the World, due out in September. Fki supports the rappers on the short set of dates, which will take them through the Midwest and East Coast starting next month.
10. The Maine
The Warped Tour vets are celebrating All Hallows Eve early this year in support of their latest album, Forever Halloween. They’re currently canvassing the U.S. with A Rocket to the Moon through July 27 on their 8123 Tour. Shows in New York City, Boston and Wiltern, Conn. are already sold out to adoring post grunge fans taking advantage of the affordable ticket prices. But go here to check out where else you can go to see the band.