#ToplessSummer: Hottest Concerts in Los Angeles This Summer

By Vanessa Payes

You’ve been surfing, tanning, twerkin’ and kickin’ it poolside with your homies all summer long but you still haven’t gotten a big summer concert checked off your list.

Thankfully for you, one of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is an endless stream of awesome summer concerts.

This year some of the hottest names in music touch down in Los Angeles for blow out performances that will bring your summer to a climactic close.

From pop and hip hop to EDM, it’s time to score tickets and rage with Jay Z and Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Chromeo and more.

You won’t wanna miss these bad-ass summer concerts.

Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga brings her mythic stage show to Los Angeles on her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour. The freaky pop queen will throw down for her devoted little monsters on July 21st at The Staples Center. Wicked costumes, dazzling dancers, bizarro theatrics, and her legion of darling fans are guaranteed to make this show a total smash. Tickets are still available

Beyoncé and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup).

(Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup).

Beyonce and Jay Z

Hip hop’s power couple Jay Z and Beyoncè take to the stage this summer with their On The Run Tour. The dynamic duo hit the Rose Bowl on August 2nd with an explosive fusion of unbridled talent. Jay Z’s commanding stage presence and lyrical mastery meets Bey’s fierce dance moves and vocal delivery in a mind blowing show. Tickets online.

(Photo by Aaron Davidson//Getty Images)

(Photo by Aaron Davidson//Getty Images)

Hard Summer

Hardcore beatheads–this is the ultimate summer festival. Every year droves of EDM fans pile up onto each other and rage at the biggest and baddest electronic music festival on the West coast.

Headliners Tiesto, Disclosure, Flosstradamus, A$AP Mob Nero, and Dillon Francis are joined by Martin Garrix and Chainsmokers as part of a sick line up of top beatcrafters. The 2014 Hard Summer Festival goes down on August 2nd and 3rd at the Whittier Recreation Center.

Round up your crew and get your tickets for two days of pure insanity.

(Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)

(Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)

Eminem and Rihanna

Lucky fans will get a chance to catch Eminem and Barbadian bombshell, Rihanna, as they stop in Los Angeles on their nearly sold out Monster Tour. Their masterful collaboration on tracks like “Love The Way You Lie,” “Numb” and “Monster” lead up to the tour which is limited to just three cities–Los Angeles, New York and Detroit.

This exclusive mini tour is a one-off chance to see these two powerhouse performers together on the same stage. The Monster Tour hits Los Angeles on August 7th and 8th at The Rose Bowl. Tickets are still available.

(Photo by Bella Howard)

(Photo by Bella Howard)


Indie pop trio HAIM have officially blown up. These native Angelenos killed it at Coachella and have since been playing to sold out audiences. The HAIM sisters will bring their unique brand of danceable pop-rock and R&B back to home to Los Angeles.

Catch one of this years hottest breakout bands when they play The Wiltern on August 7th. Tickets online

(Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

(Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Justin Timberlake

The man has tons of endless swag and, for that reason, we love to love Justin Timberlake. A consummate performer, when J.T. hits the stage, he gives fans a show to remember. The beloved and crooner brings sexy back to Los Angeles for The 20/20 Experience World Tour.

Don’t miss out on your boy–catch Justin Timberlake at The Staples Center on August 12th. Tickets Online

(Photo by Kevin Winter//Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter//Getty Images)


Canadian electro-funk duo, Chromeo, have sold out tons of shows with their infectious retro grooves. A throwback to old school dance hooks and rhythms, Chromeo deliver the goods.

Put your sexy summer swag on full throttle and hit the dance floor at Create Nightclub on August 9th with Chromeo. Tickets online.

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)


This twenty-three-year old wonderkid is turning heads and turning out shows with his smooth, moody and methodical electronic soundscapes.

The baby faced Aussie has already blown up in Australia and is now selling out shows in the U.S. Flume performs live at Club Nokia on August 9th. Tickets Online.

( Jason Oxenham/Getty Images)

( Jason Oxenham/Getty Images)

Mad Decent Block Party

Join Diplo, STRFKR, Elliphant, Laidback Luke, and more as they “turn up” at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party.

Face-melting bass, confetti, and airborne inflatables are only the tip of the iceberg. End your summer with a blast and go crazy at this all-out EDM rager on September 13th at L.A. Center Studios. Tickets online.

(Bruce Yeung/Getty Images)

(Bruce Yeung/Getty Images)

Drake vs. Lil Wayne

As collaborators, Drake and Lil Wayne have dropped some of the hottest tracks, but now the boys have raised the bar as they embark on a duo headlining tour to battle each other on stage.

That’s right. Battle. Watch these titans go head to head at The Hollywood Bowl on September 22nd as they duke it out live on their Drake vs. LilWayne Tour. Tickets online.





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