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July 2013 Events Image

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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June 2013 Events Image

Here in Connecticut, we can tell it's almost June because we're practically melting. After all, the general rule of thumb for New England weather is that if you're not shoveling your way out of several feet of snow, then you're probably baking in the sun.

That said, summer is totally the best time for events! Summer tours, sporting events, musical festivals, touring theater shows... it's a mecca, really. Here are a few things to look forward to in June.

Concerts

American Idol Live: Season 12 "American Idol" finalists hit the road June 29, with their first show in Saint Louis, MO.

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One Direction: 1D buzz in the U.S. calmed as the boys toured Europe and elsewhere. But they're back, kicking off their U.S. summer tour June 13 in Sunrise, FL.

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Bonnaroo: This year, Bonnaroo has more than 100 bands performing during the four-day event from June 13-16. The line-up includes Sir Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! (For tips on surviving summer music fests, click here.)

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TicketNetwork.com August events preview

August Events Image

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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UFC is giving the WWE a ticket sales smackdown

Just a few short years ago, the UFC was financially struggling and trying to avoid having to fold up their business, while the WWE was at the top of their game, raking in millions for their Pay-Per-View events both in television sales and ticket sales.UFC Octagon Fast forward to today and the WWE is still raking in millions, but the UFC has had an incredible turnaround in mainstream success surpassing the WWE in demand for their Pay-Per-View events both on television (UFC routinely has more Pay-Per-View buys) and in the stands.

I decided to do a comparison of the next three Pay-Per-View events for both the WWE and the UFC to see just how big the difference is in demand for tickets for both organizations. I looked at sales on the TicketNetwork Exchange for WWE's Night of Champions (Sept. 18), Hell in a Cell (Oct. 2) and Vengeance (Oct. 23), and compared them to UFC 135 (Sept. 24), UFC 136 (Oct. 8) and UFC 137 (Oct. 29). The results were even more lopsided than I thought they would be.

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