Coming up, American rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z bring their The Throne tour to Europe. Also, music fans head to Rabat, Morocco for Festival Mawazine.
Sónar São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
The Barcelona event heads to São Paulo on May 11-12 in the Parque Anhembi with its focus on new talent, experimental music-making, and electronic. Confirmed acts on the bill: Justice, James Blake, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, and Little Dragon. One-day passes are R$200; two-day passes are R$400. The main event in Barcelona happens June 14-16.
Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball Tour
May 13 - September 22
Europe, North America
After wrapping up a string of dates in the US on May 2 (including a stop at the New Orleans jazz fest), American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen is kicking off the European leg of his Wrecking Ball tour on May 13 in Sevilla. The run includes two nights each in Barcelona, Paris, Dublin, Bergen, and Gothenberg. He’ll also headline the Netherlands' Pinkpop (May 28), Lisbon’s Rock in Rio (June 3), Isle of Wight Festival in the UK (June 24), Roskilde Festival (July 7), and London's Hard Rock Calling (July 14). The band then returns to North America for a string of shows August 18-September 22.
Kanye West and Jay-Z: The Throne Tour
May 18 - June 13
Following the enormous success of their North American tour, rap stars Kanye West and Jay-Z are taking their The Throne show overseas to Europe. Supporting their joint LP Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West will play a five-night run at London's O2 and then continue on to cities across the UK and Europe through June 13. For information and to purchase, visit LiveNation.
11th Festival Mawazine: Rhythms of the World
International superstars Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, the Scorpions, Pitbull, and LMFAO join Arab celebs DJ Abdel, Nancy Ajram, and Wael Kfoury, among many others, at Morocco’s global arts and music gathering Festival Mawazine.
The Electric Daily Carnival: New York
New York, New York, US
This Ibiza-style dance music festival drew some 250,000 attendees to its three-day Las Vegas event last year and is hitting New York at the MetLife Stadium. Headliners include John Digweed, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, and Bassnectar. The main event, EDC Las Vegas, is scheduled for June 8-10. A Puerto Rican event is slated for August 18.
Rock in Rio: Lisbon
Rock in Rio heads to Lisbon this year with headliners Metallica, Linkin Park, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Also on the bill: Mastodon, Maroon 5, Smashing Pumpkins, Evanescence, and Bryan Adams.
Sasquatch! Music Festival
George, Washington, USA
Festival creator Adam Zacks founded Sasquatch! in 2002 with the aim of building an event that caters to the eclectic tastes of music fans. Every year he handpicks a diverse array of acts, both emerging artists and established headliners. This year, Jack White, The Shins, Bon Iver, Beck, and Beirut are among the top acts in the lineup.
Landgraaf Megaland, The Netherlands
Some 60,000 music fans are expected to arrive every day at Pinkpop's three-day festival to see major acts on the event's three stages. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Linkin Park, Mumford and Sons, Soundgarden, and the Cure are among the top acts on the bill. Tickets: 160€ for a weekend pass.
Ultra Music Festival Ibiza
May 27/October 7
Miami's massive EDM-geared Ultra Music Festival is heading to Ibiza for two dates, as well as Warsaw on July 13 and 14 (with Carl Cox, Afrojack, Avicii and Tiesto on the bill), and Seoul on August 4, followed by an event in Brazil later this year. Wally Lopez and Sasha are slated for Ibiza. Ticket prices to be announced.
Primavera Sound Festival
May 30-June 3
This festival is famed for its focus on indie music and international artists, and collaborates closely with All Tomorrow's Parties, which curates one of the four big stages. The xx, The Weeknd, The Cure, Laura Marling, and Atlas Sound are among the acts on the bill.
Madonna: tour launch
May 31-December 19
Pop star Madonna's MDNA tour is launching May 31 at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, followed by more than 75 performances around the globe, including stops in Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Istanbul, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Quebec City, New York, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago. Madonna's 12th album, MDNA, which released on March 26/27, reached number one in some 19 countries.
Paul Simon: special edition Graceland
American singer-songwriter Paul Simon is releasing a special edition box set of Graceland to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Legacy Recordings is reissuing the 1986 groundbreaking album in a series of configurations, including a two-disc CD/DVD set, a collector's edition box set, and an "ultra-deluxe" box set packed with CDs, the Under African Skies documentary film, music videos, rare footage and more.
Patti Smith: Banga
American singing legend Patti Smith is releasing her 11th studio album, Banga, her first collection of new material since 2004's acclaimed trampin'. Produced by Smith herself and band members Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty, and Lenny Kaye, the new album arrives on June 5. A tour kicks off June 23 with 36 stops, including concerts in Amsterdam, Rome, London, Berlin, Stockholm, and Vienna.
The Beach Boys: That’s Why God Made the Radio
Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston have reunited for a new album, coinciding with the band’s 50th anniversary. All of the current Beach Boys wrote songs for the new album, including collaborations by Wilson and Love. The late Carl Wilson is also involved -- a song called “Waves of Love” features his vocals, recorded before his death in 1998. The band is now on tour through North America, Europe, and Japan through August 19.
Manchester, Tennessee, USA
The four-day Bonnaroo Festival, now in its 11th year, brings nearly 90,000 people to Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. It is the top-grossing festival in North America, and Rolling Stone named it as one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll. The bill includes headliners Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish. The reunited Beach Boys will also perform for their 50th anniversary tour, joined by Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster the People, and Feist.
North by Northeast Music, Film & Interactive Festival and Conference
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Now in its 18th year, North by Northeast festival and conference celebrates independent music and film with some 650 music acts and 40 films slated this year, in addition to industry panels and talks, with events happening all around Toronto. Acts include The Flaming Lips, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Bad Religion, Matthew Good, Of Montreal, Purity Ring, and many others. Tickets prices vary.
An annual event since 1994, the Sónar International Festival attracts nearly 80,000 participants for three days and nights of music and art events, with a special focus on electronic music and multimedia art. Lana Del Rey, New Order, The Roots, Hot Chip, Fatboy Slim, Amon Tobin, Azare & III are on the bill. Tickets are €155.