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The Ten Biggest Concerts Coming to South Florida This Summer

Which summer concert are you looking forward to most?
Which summer concert are you looking forward to most? Photo by George Martinez
No one can say summer is a slow time for music in South Florida. From Britney Spears to the Smashing Pumpkins, some of the summer's biggest tours are stopping here. We've compiled a list of the summer blockbusters heading south this June through August. From shows at the American Airlines Arena to tour stops at Hard Rock Stadium, here are the ten biggest concerts coming our way.
Saint Spears
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1. Britney Spears: Piece of Me. When it comes to pop royalty, Britney Spears will forever reign supreme. It's been seven long years since the pop queen last blessed the stages of South Florida with her Femme Fatale Tour at American Airlines Arena. For the Britney Army stationed in the subtropics, the delay feels like an eternity. Disappointed fans are still kicking themselves for not catching her Piece of Me residency at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood. Luckily, you have another chance to catch her in action. The highly anticipated show will stop at the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood for three nights this summer. We millennials desperately need to drunkenly belt out hits such as "...Baby One More Time," "Oops!... I Did It Again," and "I'm a Slave 4 U." 8 p.m. Friday, July 27; Saturday, July 28; and Sunday, July 29, at Hard Rock Event Center, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Tickets cost $105 to $330 via ticketmaster.com.
Shakira
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2. Jay-Z and Beyoncé's On the Run II. Shut down the banks, schools, and roads. Jay-Z and Beyoncé will return to Miami at the end of the summer for one night at Hard Rock Stadium, and if you miss them again, the joke's on you. It's been almost four years since the two last performed together in Miami, when New Times said their show was "better than any power couple in the history of the world." Who caught a glimpse of the spectacle that was Beychella? We can only imagine what these two are cooking up for OTR II. The tour will kick off in Cardiff June 6 and end in Vancouver October 2. Start your trek to the stadium now. 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 31, at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; 305-943-8000; hardrockstadium.com. Tickets cost $45 to $455 via ticketmaster.com.
Head to Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour August 18.
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3. Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour. Is there bad blood between you and Mom because she's treating you to only one concert this summer? Fear no more, you First-World, pop-loving angels. Because if there's one thing you didn't know you needed to help you decide which show to catch, it's a Reputation Stadium Tour review by reality star Spencer Pratt. He told Cosmopolitan after Swift's show in Pasadena: "If the world felt more like a Taylor Swift concert, I don't think there would be wars." Well, there you have it. T. Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour — along with Miami's very own Camila Cabello and Charli XCX — will make its way to the ginormous Hard Rock Stadium this August. 7 p.m. Saturday, August 18, at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; hardrockstadium.com. Tickets cost $49 to $899 via ticketmaster.com.
Janet Jackson, forever.
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4. The Smashing Pumpkins' Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour. Everywhere you turn, someone is gushing about the Smashing Pumpkins' reunion tour headed to the American Airlines Arena this summer. Because who wouldn't be pumped to see Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin reunite on a tour for the first time in 18 years? The 39-city reunion tour, sans D'Arcy Wretzky, will hit cities coast-to-coast in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary. If you've been paying attention to Corgan's Instagram page, you probably already saw the still from the band's comeback music video, "Solara." And it turns out you got the ticket of the summer: The band recently announced Metric will support the upcoming tour on select dates, including Miami. Who's ready? 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $23 to $125 via ticketmaster.com.
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5. Shakira's El Dorado World Tour. Remember when this town went absolutely crazy after Shakira played a surprise pop-up set at the Wynwood Yard last May? The show, dubbed one of Miami's best music moments of 2017, was a treat the city's die-hard fans will never forget. After an unfortunate vocal-cord hemorrhage last year, the Colombian singer was forced to postpone three South Florida shows originally scheduled for mid-January. This summer, she'll return to South Florida for three consecutive shows — two in Miami and one in Sunrise. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-7000; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $39.50 to $186.50 via ticketmaster.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 18, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $46.50 to $186.50 via ticketmaster.com.
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