One major perk to living in Los Angeles is live music! And while we’ve been deprived of it for the last year, we’re thrilled to announce that the music is back and at the top of our post-pandemic to-do list. As summer is in full swing, venues are starting to roll out listings for concerts in 2021. Here’s our guide to where you can see a show this summer and the major SoCal festivals that are returning.
The Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood.
Historic L.A. amphitheater the Hollywood Bowl is back with a robust season of programming. Events began on May 15 with special concerts for pandemic responders and on July 3 for the general public.
Lineup highlights: Kamasi Washington and Earl Sweatshirt (July 18), H.E.R. (August 13, 14), Yo-Yo Ma (September 14)
Greek Theatre Los Angeles
2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park.
This outdoor venue tucked into Griffith Park is always a summer favorite and was one of the first local performance spaces to announce concerts for 2021.
Lineup highlights: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (July 27), Alicia Keys (September 7, 8), Sylvan Esso (September 10), John Legend (September 21)
14800 Chinon, Irvine.
FivePoint is the latest iteration of what was previously known as the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, and is ready to host a series of large summer concerts starting on July 17.
Lineup highlights: Rise Against (August 21), Megadeath and Lamb of God (September 1), Chain Fest: Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive, Saves the Day, et al. (October 23)
Pappy & Harriet’s
53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown.
The vibiest little restaurant and music venue in the desert has an outdoor space for live music under the stars. Summer concerts for 2021 started on June 6.
Lineup highlights: Alex G (August 7), Waxahatchee (September 25), Idles (October 30, 31)
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.
Better known for outdoor film screenings (and being a cemetery), Hollywood Forever hosts occasional outdoor concerts.
Lineup highlights: Glass Animals (September 18, 19), Lord Huron (September 29)
Banc of California Stadium
3939 S. Figueroa St., Exposition Park
Banc of California Stadium hosted the nationally televised Vax Live concert, the first large concert held in L.A. since the pandemic. The venue, normally a soccer arena, will host a small number of summer and fall events.
Lineup highlights: Guns N’ Roses (August 19), Kygo (September 10), RÜFÜS DU SOL (November 12, 13)
3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown.
With lots of space inside to spread out, the Wiltern has plans to resume concerts in July. Note: Several concerts originally scheduled for the Hollywood Palladium have now been rescheduled to the Wiltern.
Lineup highlights: The Flaming Lips (August 20), Cold Cave (August 28), Grateful Shred (October 31)
448 S Main St., downtown.
This large indoor club currently has plans to restart concerts at the end of summer, but may be adding additional dates as conditions allow.
Lineup highlights: J Stone (August 14), Coeur de Pirate (September 16), Japanese Breakfast (October 2, 3), Dan Deacon (October 22)
1234 W. 7th St., Westlake.
Teragram Ballroom currently has one show booked in the middle of summer–Soulive on July 29–but will be starting most shows in September.
Lineup highlights: Andrew W.K. (September 10), Ty Segall (September 11, 12), Fuzz (October 7, 8, 9), Allah-Las (October 26)
The Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.
Shows at the Fonda aren’t scheduled to start up until September–but once they do, the club has one of the busier show calendars announced thus far.
Lineup highlights: Big Freedia (September 7), Tennis (October 11, 12), Soccer Mommy (October 28), Idles (November 3, 4, 5), Dawes (November 26, 27)
Upcoming SoCal Festivals:
KCRW World Music Festival
Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood)
July 18, August 1, September 18, September 25
LA Phil and KCRW have partnered again to host their annual summer series of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl that’s dedicated to celebrating eclectic sounds from all over the world. Acclaimed saxophonist Kamasi Washington will kick things off with rapper Earl Sweatshirt on Sunday, July 18, followed by the 19th annual Reggae Night with Ziggy Marley and the Wailing Souls on Sunday, August 1. Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard, Jamila Woods, and Georgia Anne Muldrow will perform on Sunday, September 18, and James Blake closes the fest with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins on Sunday, September 25.
NOS Events Center (San Bernardino)
July 31-August 1
The hardtop-concrete NOS Events Center can be an uncomfortable scorcher mid-summer, but that’s not gonna dissuade hip hop and electronic music fans from going to the most recent iteration of HARD summer, especially with headliners like Future and Kaytranada on Saturday and 2 Chainz and Dillon Francis playing on Sunday.
LA Coliseum (Exposition Park)
Legendary rapper Lil Wayne’s on the topline of this brand new hip hop festival, which includes the rest of his Young Money crew along with other “Friends,” dance troupes, interactive experiences, curated art, food, and drink
Paradise in the Park
Pershing Square (Downtown)
The dancey Ibiza party Paradise has rescheduled its’ COVID-cancelled LA date to August 21, with Welsh DJ Jamie Jones headlining. So far no other artists have been announced, but expect tons of other fist-pumpers to join this day-to-night festival in the next few months.
NOS Event Center (San Bernardino)
EDM promotion company Insomniac is behind the stacked lineup at this year’s Beyond Wonderland, which includes Flosstradamus, Diplo, and Tiesto. Expect fantastical art and performances, installations, and stages that take you to realms beyond Alice’s original wonderland.
Beachlife is set up right on the shores of Redondo, which, coupled with its lineup of 90’s-rockers and laid-back reggae stars, makes it one of the chillest vibes of any of LA’s fests. This year includes Ziggy & Steven Marley playing Bob Marley’s best songs and Jane’s Addiction and Counting Crows bringing some classic alt-rock to the beach as well as a new acoustic stage with punk singer-songwriters playing solo. There’s also culinary pop-ups happening right next to the performers featuring many of the South Bay’s best chefs.
Berth 46 (San Pedro)
This rockabilly-and-ska-decked festival’s gone through a number of lineup and date changes since its announcement just before COVID-19 hit, but (fingers crossed) this one’s gonna stick. Lots of the lineup is still TBA, but headliners include surfy psycho-rockers Horrorpops and legendary LA ska-funkers Fishbone.
Los Angeles State Historic Park (DTLA)
This Barcelona-based festival is notorious for incredibly stacked lineups, and their first-ever stateside edition was cancelled due to the pandemic but was going to be toplined by Nine Inch Nails, among others. The lineup is still TBA for their inaugural LA event, but they just released the lineups for two back-to-back weekend fests in Barcelona in June 2022 (which seems backwards, but we admit we’re intrigued), including headliners like Massive Attack, Tame Impala, Gorillaz, Dua Lipa, and more.
This Eddie Vedder-curated festival is headlined by...well, Eddie Vedder on one night, and Pearl Jam on another, with Kings of Leon rounding out the top of the bill. The lineup is stacked, though, with rootsy rock favorites like Brandi Carlile and Black Pumas on the bill, as well as a long-awaited reunion of Glen Hansard’s band The Frames.
We’re so ready to sit outdoors, enjoy our amazing weather and listen to beautiful music with family and friends. What shows are you looking forward to seeing this year?!