The summer festival season is just about in the rearview as we inch into September, but live music isn’t going into hibernation. Far from it, as fall is on its way with scores of artists set to crisscross North America, bringing everyone from Lana Del Rey and Janelle Monáe to ENHYPEN and Coldplay to a city near you. So we’re rounding up all the essential treks, beginning with 11 pop tours you simply can’t miss in fall 2023.
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Aqua’s “Barbie World Tour”
Barbie isn’t out here just making an economic impact— it’s helping revitalize the nostalgia for Danish dance-pop group AQUA. After celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Aquarium debut last year, the “Barbie Girl” hitmakers are set to return to the US with a full blown tour dubbed, appropriately enough, “Barbie World Tour.” You know the saying: Come on, Barbie, let’s go party.
One of the summer’s most popular tours is finally coming to North America, as Coldplay have a run of Canadian and US shows set for September. The “Music of the Spheres World Tour” is also one of the greenest major productions on the road, which should make the eco-conscious of us even happier to go check out these select shows. Having support from H.E.R. and 070 Shake probably doesn’t hurt either.
As “FATE” would have it, K-pop septet ENHYPEN is coming back to the US for a run of fall dates. Following their gig in Japan this September, the group will run through a handful of major American markets in October. ENHYPEN was one of last year’s breakout K-pop acts, so you bet the hype is engage for this fall trek.
Eric Nam may not have the household name power of, say, BTS or TOMORROW X TOGETHER, but he’s been leading the K-pop charge for years. That’s why fans should be super excited that the There and Back Again artist is coming back again for his fall “House on a Hill” tour. There are dozens of dates from September through November, so newcomers and stalwarts alike have plenty of chances to catch the singer live.
Fall might typically be seen as the season of spooky, but Janelle Monáe is turning it into the age of pleasure. Her “The Age of Pleasure Tour” comes in support of her latest album of the same name and just launched at the tail end of August. But she’ll have fans shaking their tails all the way through October, making this an autumnal pop tour not to be missed.