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July is a busy month not just for concerts, but sporting and theater events as well. Aside from summer fests, several artists launch their tours, including Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. For sports, MLB and WWE events are prolific. Meanwhile, for theater lovers, two shows will open on Broadway, including Let It Be, a Beatles musical. Here's what to look out for in July!

Concerts

Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z: The highly-anticipated "Legends of the Summer" tour starts July 17 in Canada, then heads to the Bronx, Chicago, and San Francisco.

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Fun.: Following their second album, Some Nights, Fun. heads on tour with Tegan & Sara starting July 6. They'll stop at the Bunbury Musical Festival July 12.

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Jonas Brothers: JoBros return with a brand new tour beginning July 10 in Chicago, IL. The trio will make stops in Boston, MA, Atlantic City, NJ, and Charlotte, NC, before it wraps in mid-August.

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Top five British festivals of 2013

Summer is soon approaching and it’s time to round up this year’s best festivals. From the muddy fields of Glastonbury to the quirky charm of Bestival, and headliners ranging from the Rolling Stones to Kraftwerk and Beyoncé, there is something to suit all tastes over the next four months. Here’s our pick of the biggest and best British festivals in 2013:

Glastonbury

Worthy Farm, Pilton — 26th-30th June

Glastonbury absolutely needs no introduction. This year’s mammoth four-day affair will include the legendary Rolling Stones, performing their smash hits like Brown Sugar and Jumpin' Jack Flash.

After strong rumors of their inclusion, Fleetwood Mac will not be making an appearance, although the Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons have stepped in to provide adequate cover; many are hoping that Alex Turner and the lads will showcase some new material, with a new album announcement imminent.

90s legends Primal Scream will provide more than adequate Madchester representation and Dizzie Rascal will pull the usual dance-pop crowd; if the main stage isn’t your thing, Glastonbury, as always, satisfies all niches and tastes.

For dance lovers, the Silver Hayes tent is worth checking out — Rudimental, Sub Focus and Netsky will provide the necessary drum n bass beats, while international hip hop legend Nas will hope to better rival Jay-Z’s recent Glasto performance.

Unfortunately the event is now sold out, but if you were lucky enough to get a ticket, make sure you pack your wellies!

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Two-weekend festivals become more prominent, but is it a trend?

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Last year was one of firsts at Coachella®. It was the first time it brought a holographic singer to the stage. More than that, it was also the first time it spread to two weekends. Although the first first is not likely to come back, at least for now (one of companies involved folded shortly after), the second was apparently successful enough for other festivals to adopt it. This year the Ultra Music Festival did it in March, and the Austin City Limits Festival® will do it in October.

Although it's the in thing right now, this practice actually originated much earlier than last year. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage FestivalTM, for example, has run two weekends since 1976. So there was some precedent for this before 2012 — it just took a while for other festivals to catch up.

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Comparison of average selling prices for single-day festival tickets

iHeartRadio Festival$954
Lollapalooza$184
Austin City Limits$173
Sasquatch! Festival$110
The Bamboozle$93

Festivals tend be a great deal because you get a lot of bang for your buck. While they typically cost more than a single concert, you get access to a wide array of artists. More, in fact, than you could possibly fit into a two-, three-, or four-day schedule. Some festivals have a more limited selection, but for a few hundred dollars you still get a lot of music.

Then major exception, at least on TicketNetwork.com, is the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which started up last year. The current average selling price for iHeartRadio on TicketNetwork.com is a whopping $954, which is far above the price of any other festival held this year. In comparison, the Bayou Country Superfest — a similarly-sized festival held in May — had an average selling price of $154 for single-day passes. Meanwhile, festivals with a much larger selection often have lower prices, such as the recently held Lollapalooza, which on TicketNetwork.com had an average price of $184 for single-day tickets.

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TicketNetwork.com August events preview

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August brings with it both National S'mores Day (August 10) and Toasted Marshmallow Day (August 30). Why aren't those both on the same day? I digress...here are the top live events coming up in August:

Concerts

Madonna: The Material Girl is continuing her epic world tour this fall, kicking off the North American leg in Philadelphia, PA, on August 28. Dates continue through November 20 in Miami, at which point she will take on South America.

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Festivals: The festival season is in high gear in August, with Lollapalooza taking place Aug. 3-5; Warped Tour and Mayhem Festivals running until Aug. 5; Fresh Music Festival continuing through Aug. 11; Peach Music Festival playing Aug. 10-12; and Electric Zoo Festival on stage Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

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Keith Urban: The country legend has several dates across the US and Canada starting August 19 in Halifax, Canada, and continuing through Sept. 2 in Gilford, NH.

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Other Concerts in August:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kelly Clarkson, Big Time Rush and American Idol Live continue their respective tours.
  • The Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus revs up August 11.
  • Gotye becomes somebody we...still know...kicking off his tour Aug. 22.
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