The new year is finally upon us, and we at International Business Times are hoping your resolution is to see more concerts in 2016. This year is going to be a big one for the music business, and trust us, you're going to want to be a part of it. Major names in the industry like Rihanna, Billy Joel, Future and many, many more are heading out on tour, and there's a good chance that they're coming to a city near you.

Here are 13 concerts you absolutely have to be at in 2016:


Phish is kick-starting 2016 with two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York Jan. 1. Although it's short notice, there are still several tickets available for both shows. Prices range from $90-$9,000. Get 'em while they last. 

Billy Joel 

The piano man may not play many shows these days, but when he does fans flock to them. Due to high demand Billy Joel and his team have extended his run. His first show of 2016 will take place Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. EST at Madison Square Garden in the heart of Manhattan. Tickets range from $85 for seats with limited to no view to $444 to get up close and personal with the legend himself. 

Joel, 66, has four more shows scheduled at MSG. He'll also be wowing audiences with cult classics at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, Jan. 22, the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, March 25 and several other cities around the United States. Check out his website for more dates and ticket information.

Rihanna, ANTI World Tour

Rihanna kicks off her highly anticipated "ANTI" world tour in San Diego at the Viejas Arena Feb. 26, 2016. The tour will continue through May 2016 with dates in the U.S. and Canada. 

Fetty Wap 

The "My Way" rapper was arguably one of the hottest performers of 2015, and it doesn't look like his run is ending anytime soon. He's scheduled several concerts alongside rapper Post Malone and Monty, the first of which takes place Jan. 28 at the SECU Arena at Towson University in Maryland. Don't feel like battling it out with college kids or tickets? You can catch Fetty Wap and company Feb. 4 at Wellmont Theater in his home state of New Jersey. 

Can't make it to either of those shows? Fetty's got a whole host of shows booked in Boston, New York, Pennsylvania and more. Check out Live Nation for more info.


It was a huge year for rapper Future, who released "Dirty Sprite 2" in 2015 along with a collaborative mixtape with Drake called "What a Time To Be Alive." Now he's ready to take his talents on tour, starting with a show in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Orpheum Theater Feb. 17. 

It has not yet been announced who will be performing with Future during the tour, though many are hopeful Drake may make a surprise appearance. Tickets are still available for almost all of Future's shows, with many package options for buyers to chose from. 

Justin Bieber

After completely reinventing himself and winning over thousands with catchy tunes like "Sorry" and "What Do U Mean," Justin Bieber is heading back out on the road. His "Purpose World Tour" kicks off March 9 with a show in Seattle at the Key Arena at Seattle Center. Bieber, 21, will then make several stops in Oregon, California and Western Canada before performing in Arizona, Nevada and Missouri. From there he and his crew will perform for audiences in Texas, Georgia, Kentucky and more. 

By May Bieber's tour will be ready for the East Coast leg, kicking off with shows in Brooklyn, New York, at Barclays Center May 4 and 5. For more information, tour dates and where to get tickets check out Justin's website.

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas

The "Future Now" tour begins in the summer of 2016, with a show at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 24. The pop duo will continue touring the South, making stops in other Floridian cities, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia before venturing up the East Coast. 

The tour ends Sept. 17 at The Forum, a popular concert venue in Inglewood, California. More information about the tour can be found on Lovato's website.

Janet Jackson

The princess of pop will head out on the road for the first time in several years on her "Unbreakable" World Tour. The series of shows has been postponed until spring due to a mandatory surgery Janet Jackson will having. 

A list of changed dates, as well as other important information about the "Unbreakable" world tour can be found here. Tickets are still available for many shows in various cities. 

Jason Aldean

Country superstar Jason Aldean is hitting the road with A Thousand Horses on the "We Were Here 2016 Tour." The show starts in Moline, Illinois, Jan. 14, just two weeks into the new year. The show is scheduled to hit cities around the United States, ending June 18 with a show at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Tickets can be purchased through Live Nation and other ticket sites. More information is available here. Members of Aldean's fan base, known as the Aldean Army, can purchase presale tickets and get other deals on his website.

Kenny Chesney

Country singer Kenny Chesney has gathered an A-list group of talented artists to join him on the road. The "Spread the Love Tour" features performances from Chesney, 47, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert and Old Dominion.

The first of many shows takes place at Jordan Hare Stadium at Auburn University in Alabama April 23. He and the gang will then head to Phoenix, Louisville, Kentucky and many other major U.S. cities. 

Blake Shelton

The host of NBC's "The Voice" has picked up the pieces after his divorce and is ready to get back to his music. Shelton, 39, will be playing 20 shows in 2016, starting with a performance at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati Feb. 18.

It remains unclear whether or not he'll be joined in concert with other artists. Tickets and other information can be found on Shelton's website


It is with great sadness that we include this tour on the list — not because we don't love Adele, but because it's highly unlikely that you were able to score tickets. According to reps from Ticketmaster, the reason Adele's U.S. tour sold out so quickly is because the site was unprepared for the high volume of hopeful concert-goers it saw on the date of the sale. More than 400,000 tickets sold out in less than one hour. 

If you were fortunate enough to get a seat at one of the many stops on the "25" tour — or shelled out big bucks for resale tickets on another site — then you probably already know that Adele will kick off her tour with a show at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, July 5. She has scheduled several shows in major cities, including six at Madison Square Garden.

Boyz II Men

If you know anything about R&B, you know of Boyz II Men. For years the music group has been wowing audiences with its soulful songs and meaningful lyrics. In 2016 they're reuniting to perform more than 15 shows, a majority of which will be taking place in Las Vegas. 

The first show is scheduled for Jan. 23 at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Wetumpka, Alabama. Tickets can be found here.