Predicting the top tours of the year


Promoting the upcoming music festival in Raleigh’s largest city park Dorothea Dix Park, Dreamville Records released the lineup for the first-ever Dreamville Festival. Attendants will include Teyana Taylor, Nelly, Ari Lennox, and founder of the Dreamville foundation J. Cole.

Daphne Bargeman, Staff Reporter

 With the summer of 2018 behind us, many fans of live music are already looking ahead to 2019’s top concerts. Some 2019 tour dates have already been announced, like Ariana Grande’s Sweetener. world tour, which began in early February in Phoenix, Arizona. Others singers’ tour dates have also been confirmed, like Billie Eilish’s, whose album is set to drop March 29.

 Alternative lyricist Maggie Rogers announced her headlining tour in support of her major album release Heard It in a Past Life, alongside her opening act Jonah Hill. Her rise to fame erupted when a video of her performing in front of Pharrell Williams broke the internet, and she has since released hit singles like “Alaska” and performed for Saturday Night Live. She will perform at The Ritz on March 31, where Lil Baby will be only a little more than two weeks later for The New Generation Tour; he will not be the only hip-hop artist sliding through North Carolina this April.

 Rapper J. Cole has set the date for 2019’s Dreamville Festival on the April 6 in Dorothea Dix Park, where mainstream artists like SZA, Jaden Smith, and Big Sean are rumored to be headlining with outbreak rappers like JID and Bas. The event was rescheduled after safety issues back in September due to harsh weather, and a lot of the proceeds are now aimed to help the victims affected by hurricane Florence.

 An Adele tour seems possible, given her implied plans for a new album. Previous reports suggested that Adele might be done with touring forever after her live tour in 2016, where the singer stated she was a homebody, and that may serve as a factor persuading her to no longer tour. However, given her immense popularity, that seems to be unlikely to most. Given the reported timeline of a December 2019 release of her new album, it seems more likely that Adele will tour in 2020 instead of 2019.

 All starting in May, Carrie Underwood will be touring until this upcoming Halloween after the release of her record-breaking album Cry Pretty. Another country artist, Kacey Musgrave, has finally decided to do some traveling of her own after posing as the opening act for Harry Styles who wrapped up his first solo tour after leaving One Direction back in 2015.