Ali Chiavetta
Features Writer

With the number of school days dwindling and summer fast approaching, many students are looking for fun things to do. One of the most popular summer activities that college kids like to attend are concerts. It’s hard to find a college kid who hasn’t been to a single concert because of how exciting they can be. With Ludacris on campus and the annual Launch Music Festival that took place in downtown Lancaster city recently, concert season has officially begun. On a national scale, most bands book more summer tours than other tours during their careers, due to the sheer numbers in attendance.
In the Lancaster area, there are a few upcoming shows that have fans of all ages excited. For the boy band lovers, One Direction is playing at the Hershey Park Stadium on July 5 and 6. Though both shows sold out almost immediately, local radio stations may be raffling off tickets closer to the concert dates. Later in the summer at that same venue, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are stopping by on their LEGENDS OF SUMMER tour.

Festivals such as Bonaroo, Van’s Warped Tour, The Killers and Made in America are all taking place this summer.
Festivals such as Bonaroo, Van’s Warped Tour, The Killers and Made in America are all taking place this summer.

That concert will take place on August 4. For those that live closer to the Philadelphia area, there are more concerts happening in the city this summer. Don’t miss Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran on her “Red” tour, coming to Lincoln Financial Field on July 19 and 20. In a less local arena, there are
the ever-popular summer concert festivals that take place over a few days. Bonaroo will take place
from June 13-16 in Manchester, TN. This concert will feature headlining acts like Paul McCartney, Tom
Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.
Van’s Warped Tour will take place nation-wide from June 15- August 4th. This concert series features headliners such as 3OH!3, Bring Me the Horizon, Senses Fail, The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack. Lollapalooza will take place in Chicago from August 2-4, with headlining bands like Mumford and Sons, The Killers and The Cure.

Taylor Swift performing at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
Taylor Swift performing at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

Closer to home, the Firefly and Made in America festivals are taking place in Dover, DE and Philadelphia, PA respectively. Firefly is happening from June 21-23 featuring bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Passion Pit and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Made in America is taking place from August 31- September 1 and is featuring artists like Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and A$AP Rocky. Though most of these festivals seem pricey, keep in mind that the tickets usually get you in for three or four days’ worth of concerts, as opposed to the usual one.
For those who are on a budget, the Philadelphia radio station, Radio 104.5 offers a “free summer concert series” held at The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Philly every year. All of the shows are free and for all ages. This year, the shows are including artists like Metric, Family of the Year, Atlas Genius and Cold War Kids.
Going to concerts is something that can be relatively inexpensive depending on the show and is a great activity to attend with friends. If the show is in a city, you can cut your transportation costs by taking public transportation to the show. Overall, stay safe and have fun at a concert this summer.