Hot concert tickets this summer

Philly is going to be sounding good this summer, thanks to some big names coming through. Here’s a list of concerts you don’t want to miss, from jam bands to pop princesses to the ‘Glee’ cast.

Death Cab for Cutie

June 4: The Trocadero, $34

August 5: The Mann Center, $40

Two visits from Ben Gibbard this summer? Yeah, Philly can probably handle that.


June 8: Wells Fargo Center


Control yourself, loyal Gleeks: The stars of the hit show will be onstage performing songs from Seasons 1 and 2 including “Empire State of Mind,” “Toxic,” “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Don’t Stop Believin.’”


June 10: Susquehanna Bank Center,


For a certain strangely loveable, parking-lot-partying crew, it’s not summer without a packed, hazy ferry ride across the river to catch Phish. To which we say, party on kids.

Bright Eyes

June 10: The Mann Center


Conor Oberst brings his surprisingly — very, very surprisingly — dynamic live show to the Mann’s breezy open-air venue.

Florence and the Machine

June 20: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing,


Remember when you caught Florence Welch and her haunting voice at the TLA? Well, those days are over. She’s playing the decidedly larger Festival Pier this summer.

Eddie Vedder

June 25: Tower Theatre


The Pearl Jammer is coming through solo with Glen Hansard.

R. Kelly

July 3: The Mann Center


Kelly didn’t bring just any “special guests”: Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius round out the lineup.

Kid Cudi

July 7: The Mann Center


Lest Fairmount Park get sleepy come July, Kid Cudi is shaking up the Mann.

Vans Warped Tour

July 21: Susquehanna Bank



Whether you’re dropping a minivan full of kids off or attending yourself, here are some of the highlights/band names you’ll see in your kiddo’s laundry basket: 3OH!3, Gym Class Heroes, Unwritten Law, Yelawolf, Lucero, and — because some things really do never change — Less Than Jake.


July 23: Wells Fargo Center,


Rihanna’s “Loud Tour” also features Cee Lo Green and J. Cole.

Jennifer Hudson

July 24: Susquehanna Bank Center,


She’s been looking so good on the red carpet lately that it’s easy to forget what got Ms. Hudson famous in the first place: Her impressive pipes.

Wanda Jackson

July 28: The Trocadero


The iconic rockabilly artist and recent Jack White collaborator shares this bill with Imelda May.

Britney Spears

The Wells Fargo Center


Brit is back on the road this summer in a fierce way. Nicki Minaj is along for the ride.

Reel Big Fish

August 1: The Electric Factory


If there is still a place for ska, it is most definitely at the Electric Factory in August.

Bon Iver

August 3: Tower Theatre


Coming through in support of their upcoming self-titled album, Bon Iver makes for a sweet summer night in Upper Darby.

Train and Maroon 5

August 5: Susquehanna Bank Center


It’s alarming how many songs you’ll probably know from this lineup. Last call: If you want a pass to sing “Hey, Soul Sister” one more time, this is it.

Kings of Leon

August 12: Susquehanna Bank Center


Now that they’re finally big names in their home country, it’s only big stages for Kings of Leon this summer.


August 13: Susquehanna Bank Center,


Because, c’mon, it’s August! And on the way to the shore!

American Idol Live!

August 17: Wells Fargo Center,


That’s their exclamation point, not ours, but we’ve gotta admit they’ve gather quite the list of alums: Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone and Thia Megia will perform.

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