Last week, Billie Eilish announced the title and release date of her highly anticipated sophomore album. The new LP, Happier Than Ever, is out July 30th—just in time for much of the population to be fully vaccinated, returning to bars and clubs, summering. We are excited to hear the new Billie Eilish out in the world, in the car, in stores and salons. But we’re even more ready to hear Happier Than Ever live, in concert.
Billie Eilish fans are still dizzy, swooning, from 2019’s debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Written entirely by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell, with production by Finneas, When We All Fall Asleep… now holds several Grammy wins and the 397th rank on Rolling Stone‘s Greatest Albums of All Time.
Remember: Billie Eilish has yet to turn twenty. Not only is When We All Fall Asleep… one of the most successful, original, pop-minded debuts of the decade. It was created by a teenager. Now, with more experience, perspective, and confidence, we anticipate that Billie Eilish’s new album will confirm this generational artist’s ability to get better, to grow.
“I don’t think I would’ve made the same album, or even the album at all, if it weren’t for Covid,” Eilish told Colbert in February. “That doesn’t mean it’s about COVID at all, it’s just that, when things are different in your life, you’re different. That’s just how it is. So, I have to thank COVID for that, and that’s about it.”
Happier Than Ever will include the already-released singles “my future” and “Therefore I am.” The most recent Happier Than Ever track is the acoustic guitar-driven ballad “Your Power.” Billie Eilish’s trademark whisper-singing is pristine, delicate, her voice like a seaside stone glinting in moonlight. If you’re a fan of Billie Eilish, this—like every Happier Than Ever track so far—delivers.
In March 2020, Billie Eilish kicked off her “Where Do We Go?” Tour. Eilish was scheduled to perform all over the world from through July, ending with two nights in London. But, along with the rest of live music, the “Where Do We Go” Tour was cancelled after just three shows in March.
“Keep an eye on your email for more info from your point of purchase and when we’re ready and it’s safe we’ll let you know when everyone will be able to purchase tickets again for the next tour,” Eilish said in her statement. “I love you so much. Stay safe, drink lost of water, wear a mask.” Since the cancellation, Eilish hasn’t leaked any information about when fans will be able to attend one of her shows. Though she’s come through on livestream, Bille Eilish fans are anxious to see hers among the recent wave of rescheduled tours.
When will Billie Eilish schedule her next tour?
Among the Rescheduled Tour Dates and 2021 Concerts, Billie Eilish’s name remains absent. But, now that Happier Than Ever has a release date, now that more are vaccinated, we are becoming hopeful that a Billie Eilish tour announcement is around the corner. Especially since Billie Eilish is scheduled to perform Life is Beautiful 2021. And now, most recently, Billie Eilish has been announced as part of the Firefly 2021 headlining crew, with Lizzo, Tame Impala, and The Killers.
A likely scenario: Life is Beautiful 2021, the storied Las Vegas music festival, could be one of the first Billie Eilish tour dates in 2021. We think Billie Eilish could start rescheduling her “Where Do We Go” Tour for late Summer, early Fall 2021, which would put the artist on the road for most (if not the remainder) of the year.
Unfortunately, the rescheduling of live events has proven to be complicated. There is a long line of artists waiting for their turn to host fans at large-scale, indoor music venues again. Billie Eilish is just one, of dozens, who are itching to perform.
A more likely scenario: Billie Eilish tours in 2022.
When it comes to rescheduling/postponement, Billie Eilish seems to be on the more cautious side. We do not think Billie Eilish will go on a full, large-scale tour with indoor venues unless the widespread belief is that it’s safe to do so. That being said, as soon as she’s given the go-ahead, we think Billie Eilish will return to the stage in a big way.
Fans, we know you’re tired of waiting. But a 2022 tour is more likely than Eilish touring this year. To execute a tour accommodating thousands of fans, a tour that meets her standards, Eilish needs time and flexibility. Though, when Billie Eilish eventually begins touring, we think it’s virtually certain she travels across the globe and for several months at a time. All “Where Do We Go” Tour dates have been cancelled, all tickets refunded. Eilish isn’t beholden to plans of the past. When she hits the road, Eilish is likely to highlight her new songs.
A “Happier Than Ever” Tour in 2022? We think so. Stay vigilant for more Billie Eilish announcements. Once Billie Eilish finally announces her “Happier Than Ever” Tour, tickets are going to go fast. Be sure to look for Billie Eilish’s name in music festival lineups. We’d be surprised if Life is Beautiful and Firefly are her only festival sets this year.