For most major U.S. cities, summer is synonymous with major country music tours.
This year is shaping up to be no differently. Huge tours from Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and more will be kicking off over the next few months.
Luke Bryan's "Kill The Lights Tour," Keith Urban's "Ripcord World Tour," as well as Blake Shelton's are already drawing the priciest tickets. The entertainers' series of concerts underlines the appeal of country music.
Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan has been wowing audiences for just over a year, and his "Kill the Lights Tour" has rapidly gained momentum. The 39-year-old star launched the tour in February in Evansville, Ill. after releasing his Kill the Lights album. The tour is scheduled to end Oct. 29 in Detroit.
It is Bryan's fourth time headlining a tour. His "Kick the Dust Up" tour was a huge success last year.
Kill the Lights promises to be even bigger. The tour features opening acts Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch.
As it stands, Luke Bryan tickets are averaging $182 for all his dates, with the most expensive stop scheduled for Sept. 15 at the
Toyota Amphitheatre in Sacramento, Calif., one of the birth places of country music. Tickets are averaging $434 there with a get-in of $55. His cheapest performance is scheduled for April 22 in Bozeman, Mont., where tickets are averaging $91, with the cheapest ticket priced at $42.
Keith Urban's "Ripcord Tour" supports his forthcoming ninth studio album, which debuts May 6. The Ripcord Tour is the 48-year-old Urban's biggest run in two years, and ticket prices won't be cheap. The tour will kick off June 2 and run until Nov. 19 where it will conclude at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center.
The New Zealand-born Urban, who is married to screen star Nicole Kidman, has been among country music's biggest stars. Billboard Magazine named his song Golden Road the biggest hit of the first decade of the millennium.
Tickets are averaging $173, with the priciest performance on Nov. 13 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Tickets are averaging $299, with the cheapest seats going for $105. Urban will bring along country performers Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris for all dates.
Few country singers have been in the headlines this year as much as Blake Shelton. "The Voice" judge announced recently that he will be launching his tour Sept. 9. A string of U.S. dates will include stops in Tulsa, Hartford, Boston, and two nights in Brooklyn, and finish Oct. 29. Shelton will perform songs off his
If I'm Honest
, including his most recent No. 1 song,
Tickets to see Blake Shelton are averaging $176 on the resale market, with the highest price points in Tulsa and Hartford, where tickets are averaging $255 and $206, respectively.
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