The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

Ariana Grande, SeatGeek's top-ranked touring artist this week.
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Ariana Grande, SeatGeek's top-ranked touring artist this week.
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Ariana Grande, SeatGeek’s top-ranked artist this week (photo: Lindsay Neilson CC BY-ND 2.0)

The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, through Wednesday, May 8th.

Welcome to our weekly report on the world of live music, based on exclusive data from SeatGeek, a ticketing platform that enables fans to buy and sell tickets for sports, concert, and theater events.  Read on for insights into the most popular artists and festivals from the prior and upcoming weeks.

Most Popular Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on SeatGeek Web Traffic

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1. Ariana Grande (Rank last week: 1)

Ariana Grande retains the top spot this week in the midst of her Sweetener tour, with upcoming stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

2. BTS (Rank last week: 3)

Though they are only playing in three cities this summer (two dates for each), interest in seeing South Korean boy band BTS has remained strong since their tour announcement.

3. Jonas Brothers (Rank last week: 78)

The JoBros received great response to the announcement of their first tour in nearly a decade, and added second shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Toronto.

4. Billie Eilish (Rank last week: 6)

This rising star retains a top ten spot this week, and is currently performing overseas before returning for more North American dates.

5. Khalid (Rank last week: 1)

Following a Coachella performance, 21-year-old Khalid will make stops at festivals in Memphis, Alabama, and multiple European countries before formally starting his “Free Spirit Tour.”

6. Juice WRLD (Rank last week: 4)

The breakout star continues his tour across the U.S. alongside fellow rapper Ski Mask the Slump God.

7. Shawn Mendes (Rank last week: 11)

Mendes released a single titled “If I Can’t Have You” (which he performed on Saturday Night Live) on May 3rd and is preparing for a busy summer of touring.

8. Garth Brooks (Rank last week: 7)

Ticket demand remains strong to see the country singer, who makes three more stops in Pittsburgh, Denver, and Eugene on his “Stadium Tour.”

9. Queen (Rank last week: 6)

With Adam Lambert performing on vocals, Queen kicks off a multi-city tour on July 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

10. Luke Combs (Rank last week: 12)

The country singer recently added nearly 30 new dates to his “Beer Never Broke My Heart” tour.


“Rising” Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on the Percent Increase in SeatGeek Web Traffic

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1. Jonas Brothers: +2806%

The three Jonas siblings announced a massive North American reunion tour that kicks off in Miami on August 7.

2. Madonna: +1655%

The multi-time Grammy winner announced her “Madame X” tour on May 6, which has drawn big interest despite the relatively short run (three cities and sixteen shows only).

3. Halsey: +922%

Two shows at the newly-reopened Webster Hall, along with a handful of festival appearances, makes Halsey shows a hot spring and summer ticket.

4. The Bouncing Souls: +867%

The New Jersey band recently announced their 2019 version of the “Stoked for the Summer” show, which take’s place at NJ’s famed Stone Pony venue, and will play more dates country-wide as they celebrate their 30th anniversary.

5. Head in the Clouds Festival: +754%

Joji, Rich Brian, Higher Brothers, and others headline the second installment of this LA-based festival.


Most Popular Upcoming Tour Stops and Festivals

Upcoming Week, Based on SeatGeek Ticket Sales

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BTS and Ariana Grande make up five of the top six most popular tour stops for the upcoming week. Billy Joel’s monthly date at Madison Square Garden, an ever-popular show, cracks the top five as well, with shows from The Who, Pink, Luke Combs, and Dave Matthews Band rounding out the top 10.