July has lots of things to look forward to, including Independence Day (July 4) and Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13). But what about live events after the fireworks are over? Check out our guide for the top July events:
American Idol Live: The hit talent show is hitting the road once again, kicking off a tour on July 6 in Detroit, MI. The show will visit dozens of cities before ending its tour in Milwaukee, WI, on September 11.
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Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks: The duo is joining forces for a brief summer tour. The Heart & Soul Tour begins in Cleveland, OH, on July 20, continuing through August 9.
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One Direction: The newest hit boy band continues its 2012 trek across North America through July 1. Tickets are also available for NEXT July (and June and August) for their 2013 dates.
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Other Concerts in July:
- Lynyrd Skynyrd begins July 8.
- Iron Maiden and Journey begin their respective tours July 21.
- Celine Dion continues her Las Vegas residency.
If ever there was a story in star power, it is Justin Bieber. In 10 short days he managed to climb his way to the top of the Top 10 list, and he has a decent shot of being the top seller for June as well. Interestingly, it was a pretty close race, and American Idol Live nearly claimed the crown, but in the end more fans came out for Bieber. It doesn't hurt that it's been more than a year since he toured North America
Then there is One Direction. Last month, the exit question was, "Can One Direction keep up the pace, or will they also begin dropping down on the list?" As it turns out, yes, they began to fall down the list. It wasn't for lack of popularity, though. It happens almost every time a band first sells tickets for a tour. After the initial excitement for the tour dies down, and the first round of ticket purchases happens, the band sells fewer tickets in any given week. Depending on the band's ability to attract people to their concerts, they might fall off the radar completely, but One Direction will likely remain a top-selling act for some time to come.
Map by U.S. Geological Survey. Public domain.
Last summer I did an analysis of how far people travel to get to a festival, thinking that most people were willing to go far from home to get to them. In fact, people did not travel very far. As it turned out, the largest chunk of people was only willing to travel up to 150 miles from home to attend a festival.
That was festivals; what about regular concerts? Well, at the time I generally knew that people traveled only short distances to get to them. What hadn't been done was an actual analysis. Now one has been done and the results are pretty stark.
Not only are people also willing to travel only up to 150 miles to get to a regular concert, it is the upper limit pretty overwhelmingly. While the numbers for festivals varied a lot (between 33% and 90% depending on the festival), with regular concerts the norm is almost always 60% of attendees only traveling 150 miles or less.
Last month the story was about One Direction's quick rise to popularity in the U.S. This month, the story is about how tickets for the One Direction tour completely took over the Top 10. The band was the unchallenged leader among all artists, accounting for over 8% of all concert tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com*. Twice as many tickets were bought for their shows than for the Jimmy Buffett tour, which came in second. The story isn't anywhere near over, either, as new dates were announced a couple weeks ago for their next tour in 2013.
Otherwise, things are much the same as March, with a few exceptions. Jimmy Buffett entered the Top 10 for the first time, which makes sense. As the summer approaches, a lot of people are thinking about escaping to paradise, and who better to give them that than Jimmy Buffett? Also new on the list are Rascal Flatts. On the flip side, Madonna has slipped off the list.
If you haven't heard of One Direction yet, you've probably been living under a rock in the Arctic. One Direction is a ridiculously popular boy band from the United Kingdom, who first got noticed as finalists of The X Factor in 2010. Now that they've signed with Simon Cowell, released a #1 single and become the first UK group in history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with their first album, everyone is talking about them.
One Direction just arrived in NYC ahead of their appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, setting off a whole new flurry of discussion. Earlier this week the group just announced a show at Madison Square Garden late in 2012, and rumor has it that Justin Bieber is doing some collaboration with the group. We even talked at length about One Direction on our blog this week, as the group leapt to #2 on our list of March's top-selling concerts. And alongside the real news this week are posts about the best One Direction photos of the day.
It will be interesting to see just how big this thing gets. What do you think? Are they the next Beatles? (And seriously, if you've never heard of them, at least watch the music video above so you can pretend to know things.)