By Ryan Cox `18
For music junkies, summertime is synonymous with concert season; it seems like artists of all genres come out in full force between May and August to treat their fans and share their music. Southern New England boasts many concert venues, and so the area becomes a hotbed for concerts. Here is a look at some of the biggest names coming to the region this summer. If you aren’t from New England, don’t worry—four of the five featured artists are making stops across the country.
The Chainsmokers (TD Garden, June 2; Dunkin’ Donuts Center, June 7):
The headliner of the 2016 PC Spring Concert is currently on a world tour. “Closer,” which became a smash hit this past summer, rocketed The Chainsmokers to stardom. They had difficulty on the charts until “Closer” became a worldwide number one. The duo also recently released their first full-length album, titled Memories…Do Not Open, which features the singles “Paris” and “Something Just Like This.”
Ed Sheeran (Mohegan Sun Arena, July 14-15):
Fresh off the release of Divide (stylized as ÷), and the hit lead-off single, “Shape of You,” Sheeran is currently on a world tour of the same name, making stops in Europe and South America before heading to the United States in June. The 26-year-old star is also playing two shows in Boston at TD Garden in September. While his diverse set of influences has made him an incredibly popular artist, Sheeran is considering taking some time off from performing, so catch him while you can.
Queen + Adam Lambert (Mohegan Sun Arena, July 23; TD Garden, July 25):
Adam Lambert is known for his theatrical performance style, and considers Freddie Mercury one of his influences. He makes a good fit for Queen, although standing in for the late rock vocalist is not an easy task. Although the active members of the original Queen are now in their sixties, the band still rocks, and Lambert provides some fresh energy to keep things going strong.
Coldplay (Gillette Stadium, Aug. 4):
Now in their 21st year as a touring band, Coldplay will return to Foxboro after spending most of the summer in Europe. The North American leg of the Head Full of Dreams Tour begins in New Jersey on Aug. 1, following the recent release of their five-track EP titled Kaleidoscope, which features “Something Just Like This,” a collaboration with The Chainsmokers.
Kenny Chesney (Gillette Stadium, Aug. 25-26):
When the country icon announced that he was taking the summer off from touring, he made an exception for the city he loves. It is clear when Chesney performs at Gillette Stadium how much he appreciates the fans in Foxboro; it was here that he named his fans “No Shoes Nation.” He will perform alongside Thomas Rhett, who is quickly becoming a star in his own right, and Old Dominion, a quickly rising act, so the bill represents a wide range of country music tastes.