The 2020 Music Preview: The Albums, Tours, and Festivals to Look Forward To

Here is TickPick’s 2020 Music Preview, just a snapshot of what fans have to look forward to next year. From Pharrell’s entertainment stout festival Something in the Water, to the new Grimes album, to the upcoming mega stadium tour between Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett, the list goes on and on and on…


Fans, as you scroll through this list, remember: this is only the beginning, a mere preview of the album releases to come in 2020. Here are the albums we are looking forward to, the records set to launch a whole new decade of music.

Rihanna: R9

Album Release Date: TBA

What We Know: It’s coming, finally, in 2020. Rihanna has revisited her dancehall roots, using these influences to inspire and tinge the pop-focused album.

The Weeknd: TBA

Album Release Date: TBA

What We Know: The Weeknd’s upcoming album will contain this year’s singles “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” both of which find The Weeknd in manic-hop, R&B form. Recently, when addressing the audience at the launch of HXOUSEan ‘artistic incubator’ in Toronto founded by XO creative director La Mar TaylorThe Weeknd confirmed the album title Chapter Six.

Tame Impala: The Slow Rush

Album Release Date: February 14, 2020

What We Know: Tame Impala’s first album since 2015’s Currents will be titled The Slow Rush and contain already released singles “Borderline,” “It Might Be Time” and “Posthumous Forgiveness.” If considering who Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has worked with these past few years, we wouldn’t be surprised to see features from Mark Ronson, SZA, The Weeknd, and possibly Kanye West.

The 1975: Notes on a Conditional Form

Album Release Date: TBA

What We Know: The album, The 1975’s fourth, is still in the makinggiven their recent postponement of European tour dates to reach the album’s completion. We do know the album is titled Notes on a Conditional Form, and will contain the lead single “Frail State of Mind.”

Halsey: Manic

Album Release Date: January 17, 2020

What We Know: Though we had to endure an album postponement so Halsey could reach her desired level of perfection, Manic is officially almost here. Containing the already released singles  “Graveyard,” “Clementine,” “Finally // Beautiful Stranger,” “Suga’s Interlude,” and her 2018 Billboard Hot 100 number one single “Without Me,” Manic includes features from Alanis Morissette, Dominic Fluke, and Suga of BTS.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Blue Moon Rising EP

Album Release Date: March 6, 2020

What We Know: Blue Moon Rising will be the third EP from Gallagher’s solo project and the follow-up to this year’s This Is the Place. From trippy to traditional Noel, the range of his recent singles is staggering and further a testament to the artist’s complete talent. The band’s recent single, “Wandering Star,” is perhaps the only irony and anxiety-filled holiday single with a Christmas-y sound in existence.

The Districts: You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere

Album Release Date: March 13, 2020

What We Know: One of the most accomplished, fast-rising indie rock bands of the decade will be out with their fourth full-length album next Spring. The Districts, coming off a short hiatus and period of overall disillusioned fatigue, have released the album’s lead single, “Hey Jo.”

Stone Temple Pilots: Perdida

Album Release Date: February 7, 2020

What We Know: Perdida will be the first-ever acoustic album from the longtime rockers Stone Temple Pilots. According to a press release, the album includes 10 deeply personal songs that weave introspective lyrics together with unexpected instrumentation, taking listeners on an emotional and musical journey of “letting go and starting over.” Perdida has been led by the single “Fare Thee Well.”

Grimes: Miss_Anthropocene

Album Release Date: February 21, 2020

What We Know: If “ethereal” were a music genre, that is where Grimes would sit, energized with content. The 10-track Miss_Anthropocene has been led by singles “So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth,” “My Name Is Dark,” and “4ÆM.” You can check out the full Miss_Anthropocene track list, here.

2020 Concert Tours

While some artists are touring to celebrate reunions or anniversaries of seminal records, others are touring behind highly anticipated new albums. In short, it appears that 2020 is going to be a huge one for live music. Here are the 2020 concert tours which have already been announced. Remember: there are many, many more to come.

Alanis Morissette

Jagged Little Pill 25th Anniversary Tour Dates: June 2 – July 25, 2020

Alanis Morissette is touring behind the 25th anniversary of her seminal 90’s album, Jagged Little Pill. The Grammy award-winning rock singer will be joined by Liz Phair on select dates.

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Tame Impala

“The Slow Rush” North American Tour Dates: March 9 – August 7, 2020

In promotion of the band’s first album since 2015’s Currents, psychedelic rock maestro Kevin Parker and co. will be embarking on an extensive tour with Perfume Genius. The new album, titled The Slow Rush, will arrive Feb. 14 and include recent singles “Borderline,” “It Might Be Time” and “Posthumous Forgiveness.”

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Blood Orange

2020 Blood Orange Tour Dates: March 7-20, 2020

Next Spring, Blood Orange will embark on a headlining tour through America’s intimate theater venues, in addition to making a stop at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in Florida. For his 2020 North American tour dates, Blood Orange will be joined by special guest Tei Shi.

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Bad Religion

“Age of Unreason” Tour Dates: March 26 – April 19, 2020

L.A punk rockers Bad Religion have joined forces with Chicago cult metal heroes Alkaline Trio for a North American co-headlining tour. Bad Religion will be promoting the recently released album The Age of Unreason, a critically acclaimed record which has extended the band’s lyrical and melodic prime.

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Brittany Howard

Brittany Howard U.S Tour Dates: March 17 – May 1, 2020

Brittany Howard, who has been Grammy-nominated for her recent solo work, will embark on a U.S tour this Spring. The stunning, critically acclaimed Jaime is the subject of her nominations and tour, the album finding Howard at her most centered, and therefore, most successful chapter.

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Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison

“The Stadium Tour” Dates: July 7 – September 5, 2020

For the first time since their “Final” Tour in 2014-15, Mötley Crüe will be hitting the road. This time, the L.A heavy metal band will be joined by fellow rockers Poison, Def Leppard, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for what will likely be one of the biggest tours of the year.

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Billie Eilish

“Where Do We Go” North American Tour Dates: March 9 – April 11, 2020

Massive pop-star Billie Eilish will be embarking on her environmentally friendly tour this Spring, continuing her reign which began with her 2019 debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The second leg, “Where Do We Go,” will feature an eco-conscious environment both backstage and for her fans, who will be allowed to bring their reusable water bottles to the concert.

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Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots “Perdida” Tour Dates: February 5 – March 1, 2020

Next year, Stone Temple Pilots will embark on their first ever acoustic tour behind their album of the same nature, Perdida. “Recording an acoustic album like ‘Perdida’ is something the band has wanted to do for many years,” said drummer Eric Kretz. For the “Perdida” Tour, STP will be joined by extra players and a string section.

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Harry Styles

Harry Styles “Love On Tour” Dates: April 22 – October 3, 2020

The most adored former 1D member Harry Styles will embark on the massive “Love On Tour” venture beginning Spring 2020. Harry Styles will be joined by Jenny Lewis in the United States and Canada, King Princess in Europe, and Koffee for his Mexico stop. Styles is promoting his recently released album, Fine Line.

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The Best Music Festivals in 2020

Music festivals, one of the premier live music occasions there is to behold. Here are a few 2020 Music Festivals which have piqued our interest by announcing their lineups. Based on the talent, these events could potentially go down as the best music festivals in 2020.

Super Bowl Music Fest

Dates: January 30 – February 1, 2020

Location: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

Celebrating its second year on the music festival calendar, the Super Bowl Music Fest will host three nights of premier hip-hop, rock, and pop acts alongside the annual NFL championship. Bringing music fans in on the Super Bowl LIV festivities, the music fest has secured radio favorites Maroon 5, top producer DJ Khaled, rising rapper DaBaby, and beloved rock band Guns N’ Roses for its 2020 lineup.


Something in the Water

Dates: April 24-26, 2020

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

The 2020 Something in the Water will follow last year’s inaugural iteration of Pharrell’s premier-act music fest. Back in October, Pharrell confirmed to fans that Something in the Water would return for an epic week on Virginia Beach. Headlining the event will be A-listers Tyler, the CreatorA$AP Rocky and Post Malone. Other noteworthy acts include Clipse, the Pusha T and No Malice rap duo who recently reunited on Kanye West’s Jesus Is King. Brittany Howard, Chance the Rapper, Beck, and more fill out the lineup for what will be an incredible Something in the Water music festival.



Dates: May 14-17, 2020

Location: On the beaches of Gulf Shores, AL

Beach volleyball, yoga, and even disco skating. The 2020 Hangout Music Festival is slated to have it allincluding a more luxurious concert experience for those who are willing to shell out for VIP. For its 11th installment, the Hangout Music Festival will feature headlining sets from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marsh Mello, Billie Eilish, and Post Malone. The rest of the weekend will be filled out by performances from Lana Del Rey, Cage the Elephant, Kane Brown, Illenium, Louis the Child, Megan Thee Stallion, RL Grime, Jhené Aiko, and more.



Dates: March 20-22, 2020

Location: Bayfront Park, Miami, FL

One of the first major music festivals of the year, Ultra will kick off the 2020 season with one of its best lineups yet. And so far, only phase one has been announced. FlumeGesaffelstein, and Major Lazerwho is reportedly retiring their production moniker this yearlead the 2020 Ultra Music Festival lineup. The longstanding EDM event will also include sets from Armin Van Buren, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Above & Beyond, DJ Snake, Afrojack, Tale of Us, and Eric Prydz. Check back soon, as Ultra music festival has yet to announce several other artists who will be performing across seven stages during the EDM-focused Spring weekend.


Country Summer Music Festival

Dates: June 19-21, 2020

Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA

Last year, the Country Summer Music Festival brought together over 30,000 fans to witness 20+ live acts across two stages. The previously sold-out country music festival featured Tim McGraw in its headlining slot. And now, expanding to become a three-day fest, Country Summer will feature three headliners: Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, and Chris Young. Stay tuned, as there are more country musicians TBA.


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