Must see summer shows

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Unfortunately, it is only February, which means that although the weather has been unseasonably warm, we will most likely see at least a month or two of weather that is much colder than most people would like it to be. One silver lining to this time of year is that it is prime time for summer tours to be announced, and the thought of feeling the hot summer breeze flow through your hair as you hear your favorite song is enough to get anyone through even the toughest of winters. In order to properly prepare you for what are sure to be the highlights of your summer, here are the top five tours of the 2016 summer season thus far; these are the shows that will be sold out long before the day of the concert, and if you don’t find a way in, you will be regretting it long after the final chord is played.

Starting off our list is Dave Matthews Band and their annual summer trek that features dates in every region of the country, and spans from early May until Labor Day weekend. Though the terms “Dave Matthews” and “summer tour” have become synonymous over the years, this year will be something special for certain. It will be the final tour before they take a hiatus throughout 2017. Each night, they will be playing two sets, and if you want an experience of phenomenal musicianship and incredible vibes from the band and fans alike, don’t think about missing this tour.

The fourth most anticipated tour hasn’t actually been announced yet. This tour is that of the Champagne Papi, the Six God himself, Drake. Aside from a small tour and some festival appearances, Drake didn’t have a chance to support last year’s album, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” With another album coming in April, if Drake isn’t playing amphitheaters from coast to coast this summer it will be a surprise. Plus, a cool summer night is the perfect place to dance like a fool to “Hotline Bling,” and who wouldn’t jump at a chance to partake in that?

Next up, we have the reunion tour of At The Drive -In, a band that reunited for a few shows in 2012, but hasn’t done a full run since their breakup in 2001. Their chaotic, post-hardcore sound is not for all, but those who are fans are foaming at the mouth to see singer Cedric Bixler and the rest of the gang run around the stage like madmen once more. Expect to see them play music from the album being released later this year, as well as past favorites from albums such as one of the most influential albums of the new century, “Relationship of Command.” Also, before this show, prepare to get very, very sweaty because the crowd will be going berserk from beginning to end.

What do you get when you mix a band that has an incredibly rabid fanbase and rarely does a full tour, with another band that has an equally rabid fanbase that tours even less than the first band? You get our number two most anticipated tour, featuring the double bill of Brand New and Modest Mouse. These shows are being billed as shows with both bands performing full sets and no opening acts. Though the angst-filled pop punk of Brand New’s sound might not immediately seem like a compatible partner to the insanity-tinged indie rock of Modest Mouse’s sound, there is no doubt that they will compliment each other perfectly, and create an electric atmosphere each night that will be impossible to top.

And last, but certainly not least, Coldplay earns the spot as most anticipated tour of 2016. This is their first U.S. tour in four years, and also marks their upgrade from arenas to stadiums, which is the final mark of any band achieving complete stardom within their career. The tour is in support of the underwhelming, but incredibly fun album “A Head Full of Dreams,” and very well might be their final tour as a band—if singer, Chris Martin’s, past statements of an imminent breakup are true.  Considering their last tour was a nonstop adrenaline rush featuring hit after hit with an incredible stage show of lights and light-up wristbands that the entire crowd wore, one can only speculate how they are going to top that this time around. The 10-day tour goes from New York to California, with many stops in between. No matter how far the drive is, and how expensive the tickets are, this show will be worth the effort, and you will be able to brag to everyone upon returning from summer simply by saying, “I was there.”