2022 might be Seattle’s hottest summer concert season ever

Those camping reservations you made six months ago? Take the refund. The cookout you planned with your friends you don’t really like that much anyway? Bill.


Matter of fact, CANCEL ALL OF YOUR SUMMER PLANS. So ridiculously stacked is this year’s summer concert calendar that there’s literally no time for seasonal activities that don’t involve live music.

OK, even the hardest of hardcore music junkies might find an afternoon to drop a kayak in the lake or grill some oysters in the backyard. But between the pandemic-delayed tours and artists who held out for amphitheater season, the Seattle area is flooded with marquee tours through Labor Day, even beyond the resuscitated festival circuit.

Whatever your flavor, there’s something for everyone this season. These are the hottest summer tours coming to Seattle.

Top of the pops

The biggest stars in hip-hop and pop

Stray Kids

Local fans are bracing themselves for what’s almost certainly the biggest K-pop blowout Seattle has ever seen. Even as the genre has exploded in the US, it’s somewhat rare for capable artists of packing arenas to make it to the Northwest, often sticking to the country’s handful of top markets. Washington fans are hoping the octet, which formed just five years ago through a South Korean reality show, can help mark a shift after virtually selling out two Climate Pledge Arena shows. July 14-15, Climate Pledge Arenalimited remaining tickets start at $139.50

The Weeknd

The summer spotlight might be on Drake and Beyoncé’s dancey new tunes, but don’t forget it was The Weeknd who first made 2022 the year of the pop star club anthem. The icy Toronto crooner further mines ’80s synths and after-party reverie on early album-of-the-year contender “Dawn FM.” Aug. 25, Lumen Field$50.50-$525

Kendrick Lamar

King Kendrick made his highly anticipated return with May’s unflinchingly honest “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” rejecting unrealistic expectations with a declaration of his own humanity, warts and all. It’s messy at times, but torching the veneer of infallibility is part of what makes it fascinating, even if its legacy is TBD. Rising star Baby Keem (Lamar’s cousin) and Tanna Leone open. Aug. 27, Climate Pledge Arena$109-$587


Daddy Yankee. Aug. 4, Climate Pledge Arena$66-$1,405

Alicia Keys. Aug. 28, WAMU Theater, sold out

Leon Bridges. Aug. 30-31, Marymoor Park$59.50-$99

A little bit country

Nashville’s Solo Cup swillers to country-adjacent roots players

Kenny Chesney

Nashville’s answer to Margaritaville, the beach-vibing country star with an aversion to sleeves was seemingly made for summer. Initially slated for last year, Chesney’s stacked stadium voyage finally docks in Seattle with pop-country duo Dan + Shay, Old Dominion and Carly Pearce rounding out the season’s breeziest lineup. July 16, Lumen Field$26-$318

The Chicks

At last, The Chicks’ triumphant return gets a Gorge-sized celebration two years after dropping the “Dixie” in their name and releasing their first studio album in 14 years, the Jack Antonoff-produced “Gaslighter.” Here’s hoping Natalie Maines’ vocal issues that forced several cancellations are now in the rearview of their Texas-plated pickup. Patty Griffin opens. Aug. 13, Gorge Amphitheater$59.50-$235

Billy Strings

The progressive bluegrass phenom returns to Marymoor Park after last summer’s barnstorming performance — a jam-happy pickathon with salutes to Seattle greats Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam and Mother Love Bone. Aug. 14, Marymoor Park$49.50-$55

Blake Shelton

Summer concert season gets a long, country-heavy tail at the state fair, starting Labor Day weekend with grandstand regular Blake Shelton, who’s touring on last year’s “Body Language” LP. Sept. 3, Washington State Fair$95-$300 (includes fair admission)


Thomas Rhett. Aug. 18, White River Amphitheater$34.50-$409

Maren Morris. Aug. 27, Marymoor Park$55-$75

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Aug. 28, Marymoor Park$79.50-$199.50

A little bit rock ‘n’ roll

Stadium fillers to indie rock dream teams

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Reunited with heyday guitarist John Frusciante, this year the funkified pop rockers released their first album with their classic lineup since 2006’s bloated “Stadium Arcadium.” Even if latter-day Chilis aren’t your bag, summer’s biggest rock tour features all-star supporting acts: in our case, garage rock revivalists The Strokes and galactic bass wizard Thundercat. Aug. 3, T-Mobile Parktickets start at $49.50

Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Julien Baker

This holy trinity of elite indie rockers joined forces for the season’s mightiest co-headlining run. This year both Van Etten and Olsen unleashed some of their most gushed-about albums yet — a notable feat for two critical darlings — with the latter’s country pivot the perfect vehicle for her soul-baring performances following the death of her parents and coming out as queer. Quinn Christopherson opens. Aug. 3, Marymoor Park$50-$55

Here and There Festival

Australian indie rock hero Courtney Barnett is going big with her roving “festival,” featuring stellar rotating lineups across 15 cities. The Northwest gets Here and There’s best lineup, with PNW punk greats Sleater-Kinney, Southern-charmed indie vet Waxahatchee, Fred Armisen and Leith Ross. Aug. 21, Marymoor Park$59.50-$65

Phoebe Bridgers

Teem Pheebs’ Seattle contingent is more than primed for her first proper solo headliner here since the indie rock star’s certified blowup, settling in for two nights at the Eastside’s chillest park venue. Aug. 23-24, Marymoor Park$60-$89


Machine Gun Kelly. July 22, Climate Pledge Arena$39.50-$504

The Killers. Aug. 20, Climate Pledge Arena$25-$225

Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Aug. 31, T-Mobile Park$119.50-$1,600

From Seattle with love

Hometown stars get in touch with their roots

Fleet Foxes

After an intimate June date at the Moore Theatre, the Seattle-spawned rock folk return for their second (and significantly larger) homecoming of the summer. Robin Pecknold’s exquisite lockdown tunes pining for nature on 2020’s “Shore” should sound right at home in one of the Seattle area’s lushest venues — if you can afford it. At the time of this writing, only price-going “AXS premium” tickets, which fluctuate based on demand, were available for three times the initial $50 price. With Tim Bernardes. July 15, Marymoor Park$50-$150


With tickets flying off the digital shelves for their largest hometown show to date, the indie electronic stars added not one but two more Climate Pledge Arena shows — making an impressive three-night run up there with Maclemore’s two-night stand at the old KeyArena in 2017. Official after-parties with “secret” lineups are set for the Showbox’s sacred springy-floored grounds following Friday and Saturday’s shows. A perfectly Seattle way to celebrate ODESZA’s first new album in five years, arriving a week earlier. With Sylvan Esso and ford. July 29-31, Climate Pledge Arena$39.50-$299.50

The Head and the Heart

On this spring’s “Every Shade of Blue,” the metamorphosing indie folkies lean further into their glossier pop proclivities with an assist from producer Jesse Shatkin, best known for his work with Sia, Kelly Clarkson and Fitz and the Tantrums. THATH bring their well-polished hooks back home for two shows with support from alt-country staples Dawes. Aug. 12-13, Marymoor Park$59.50-$85

Ann Wilson

Since Heart’s Love Alive tour wrapped months before the pandemic, the Wilson sisters have been focused on solo material. Now living in Florida, Ann Wilson returns to the town she helped put on the rock ‘n’ roll map with her first full-length solo album of mostly original tunes in this spring’s “Fierce Bliss.” With Night Ranger. Sept. 2, Washington State Fair Grandstand$40-$65

Alice in Chains

The hometown heroes anchor the return of KISW’s annual Pain in the Grass festival, headlining a Saturday bill showcasing the past, present and future of Seattle rock. While AIC tour mates Breaking Benjamin and Bush get in on the action, the grunge lords’ local compatriots Thunderpussy, Ayron Jones and Walking Papers give the Saturday slate a distinct Seattle flair. Sept. 3, White River Amphitheater$25-$700


Dave Matthews Band. Sept. 2-4, Gorge Amphitheater$49.50-$237.50

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