5 Most Anticipated Tours of 2014
OutKast went on a hiatus in 2007 and now seven years later they are back with a 40 festival, worldwide tour in 2014. Big Boi and André 3000 will be kicking off this tour at Coachella in Coachella Valley, California this April, headlining both weekends. This is the 20th year anniversary of Outkast releasing their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, in April of 1994. “It’s truly an honor to celebrate 20 years and still be free to do music the way we choose,” said Big Boi. “Don’t just think outside the box, know that there is no box. I’m looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans – stank you smelly much, this is for y’all!” All 40 stops on their tour have not been released yet so make sure to check back here to find out if Outkast is coming to a city near you!
Aside from a set here-and-there, his residency at Hakkasan Nightclub and his infamous tweets, Deadmau5 was rather silent in 2013. During an interview with the Toronto Star last year, he said, “I’m building a new tour, for much later, 2014. And of course it will have to manage to trump the ‘Cube’ show. I could absolutely just slap the Cube back together and ball it up, but I’m in that mentality where I want to keep one-upping the show.” Fans have been patiently waiting for Joel to announce more details about his upcoming tour and a few days ago, in an interview with the Edmonton Journal, he casually added that he would be releasing his new two-disc album in “March-ish”. This means that Deadmau5 fans everywhere will be looking forward to both a new album and a new tour that will outdo his Rubik Cube set-up.
Hardwell was recently crowned World No. 1 by DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s. In April, he will be embarking on a 10-city tour on his Revealed North American Bus Tour. His show production will be one-of-a-kind, including a water screen projecting 3D images and LED dancing water fountains. This is a continuation of his Revealed Canadian Bus Tour in 2013 that included many sold out shows. Hardwell will be touring with other Revealed members like Dyro, who was ranked #30 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ Poll and Dannic, ranked #73. DJ Mag, the official partner of the bus tour, “will be offering one-off competition prizes and keeping you up-to-date on backstage antics.” Hardwell will be kicking off his tour on 4/10 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
4. Armin Van Buuren
Armin van Buuren, ranked #1 DJ by DJ Mag an unparalleled five times is, one of the biggest names in electronic music. Currently, he is on his Armin Only: Intense Tour right now, hitting more than 20 major cities across the world. Armin’s Intense album, released in May 2013, dominated global iTunes charts. Off his Intense album, the track “This Is What It Feels Like” was such a hit that it was nominated for a Grammy. In the past, Armin Van Buuren has gone on several types of tours, Armin Only, being the most popular. This tour is different than other tours because Armin plays a mind-blowing six plus hours set. He said, “Every Armin Only will be different”. He will be doing four US shows, stopping in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Jose.
The young 26 year-old DJ and producer, Skrillex, is one of the most well known names in electronic dance music today. He has won six Grammys in the past two years. This year, Skrillex has taken a new approach to his tours, calling them “Skrillex Takeovers”. He chose to play at four cities around the world and is playing between four and seven shows in a row, each at a different venue within the city. He has already played seven nights in a row in San Francisco with many of those events sold out. He will also be playing in Brooklyn, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. Instead of touring with the same openers as one would see in a typical tour, each night he is playing with different artists. This way fans have the choice of which night, which venue, and which other DJs they would like to see, making it a very personalized experience.
Written By: Allie Regan