Denver’s music scene rivals such cities as Los Angeles and New York, in terms of opportunities to catch live music. Coming from out of town, the sheer number of concerts is undoubtedly overwhelming, so to simplify things, Denver music experts at 303 Magazine have compiled a list of the must-see Denver shows. Many of these are exclusive to the region. 

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2022 

August

Aug. 12, 2022 — The Decemberists @ Mission Ballroom
Indie rock mainstays The Decemberists are bringing their eclectic and engaging show to the Mission Ballroom. Known for including the audience in their performances, the Decemberists have a storied reputation on the road worth making the trip to see them whenever they come to town. Not only that but as catching the indie bands from the mid-00s becomes rarer and rarer, catching one of the most influential is not something to miss.

Aug. 12, 2022 — OneRepublic & NEEDTOBREATHE @ Ball Arena
OneRepublic and NEEDTOBREATHE are joining forces, not just because of how their names are similarly stylized, but for a night of arena rousing songs of course. The bands who respectively brought the world “Apologize” and “Brother,” know how to up the ante, but together they may just blow the roof of the building. 

Aug. 18, 2022 — The Weeknd @ Empower Field 
After an absolutely massive couple of years, from winning nearly every industry award to performing the Superbowl Halftime Show, The Weeknd has announced his long-awaited return to Denver in support of his two latest albums, "After Hours" and "Dawn FM." Making his debut at Empower Field, this show has blockbuster written all over it. 

Aug. 19, 2022 — Pitbull & Iggy Azeala @ Red Rocks
Mr. 305 is set to meet the 303 once again, but this time from a whole different view — Red Rocks. One of the early aught's most fervent hitmakers is going to hit just right for this mid-summer show. Add Iggy into the mix and this show is literally too hot — watch out summer 2022. 

Aug. 21, 2022 — Swedish House Mafia @ Ball Arena
One of the most anticipated reunions of the year stops over at Ball Arena for an EDM spectacle many years in the making. Swedish House Mafia, the EDM supergroup comprised of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso were at top of their game during the early 2010’s crafting indelible hits like “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save the World,” and they are finally back in action. With a slew of new music forthcoming, including their hit “Moth to a Flame” with The Weeknd already eating up the charts, this show will be as much of a nostalgic affair as it is a new beginning for the EDM superstars. 

Aug 23, 2022 — Kendrick Lamar @ Ball Arena
Arguably one of the greatest rappers of the last couple of decades, if not of all time, Kendrick Lamar, is back to assume his throne. Coming off of a five-year break, Lamar dived headfirst into his psyche on his newest release, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which has subsequently become one of the biggest albums of the year. If his recent Glastonbury set was any indication, he’s set to bring the theatrics to therapy in the hopes of digging deeper than the music itself.

Aug. 31, 2022 — The Killers @ Ball Arena
The Killers went from an interesting emerging Las Vegas pop-rock band in 2004 only to become one of the biggest and most renowned in the world. Seven albums in now, and they still haven’t come down. That is to say, “Mr. Brightside” and their numerous hits continue to hit just as hard if not harder, and the same can be said from the vantage of an arena full of people singing every word back. It's true, the Killers absolutely murder the live stage. 

September

Sept. 1-4, 2022 — Phish @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Colorado might just be the epicenter of Phish fandom. The influential jam band’s annual shindig at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is a testament to that. This year, Phish at Dick’s goes a step further as they embark on four straight nights of riffs, noodling and everything in between. For any Phish fan, hitting one of these shows is a requirement. 

Sept. 2 & 3, 2022 — Nine Inch Nails @ Red Rocks
Nine Inch Nails have been attempting to go on their upcoming tour for a while now, and by the looks of it the green light is on, and Trent Reznor and the gang are finally revving to go. The last time the band played Red Rocks, their back-to-back performances sold out in minutes, and this upcoming one maybe even faster. While they haven’t released a new project in a couple of years, their presence alone is worth clicking that ticket link until your fingers go numb. There’s no one quite like Nine Inch Nails, and there’s truly nothing close. So for the fans of these industrial titans, you better be on your A-game when tickets go on sale because the age-old phrase of “you snooze, you lose,” has never been more true than now. 

Sept. 6, 2022 —  Roger Waters @ Ball Arena
The inscrutable mastermind Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame and founding, makes a concerted effort to return to the live music circuit in a major way, in what he has dubbed a “groundbreaking new rock & roll/cinematic extravaganza, performed in the round.” This performance of assured grandeur has all the makings of a one-of-a-kind experience, and with Waters at the helm, he stands to prove us right.

Sept. 6 & 7, 2022 — Flume @ Red Rocks
Flume has gone from EDM upstart to electronic pioneer. As he has drifted further and further away from future bass drops, he’s dabbled more and more in the experimental realm of electronica, and that has also started to bleed into his live performances as well. Considering he brought out a sledgehammer and smashed pottery in his last performance at the iconic venue in 2019, the possibilities of his forthcoming shows at Red Rocks are as boundless as his imagination. So, expect the unexpected and prepare to be immersed in it. 

Sept, 5, 2022 — Shakey Graves @ Red Rocks
Shakey Graves has deservedly cultivated a mass following in Denver. It has led him to perform at an upper echelon of venues across the country including Red Rocks as a one-man show of wonder. Returning to the venue once again this summer, as is now a nearly yearly tradition, Shakey Graves with tourmate Sierra Ferrell are ready to reign supreme once more.

Sept. 9 & 10, 2022 — Dave Matthews Band @ Fiddler’s Green
Dave Matthews Band and their unique amalgamation of rock, blues and worldbeat are slated for a two-day takeover of Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. World-class musicianship and jam sessions for days, what else would you expect from DMB? This is one the whole family can get behind.

Sept. 16, 2022 —  Keith Urban @ Ball Arena
Australian country superstar Keith Urban and his glorious locks will touch down in Colorado again, and he wants everyone to know it’s going to be a party on the Speed of Now World Tour. The jaunt in support of his newest album, "The Speed of Now Part 1," sees the star touching down at Ball Arena to bring a heavy dose of new music and his classic discography. Fingers crossed for a solid “Blue Ain’t Your Color” moment.

Sept. 17, 2022 — Iron Maiden @ Ball Arena
Gotta prep those air guitar fingers before heading into this one. Seminal metal outfit Iron Maiden touch down at Ball Arena for some absolute precision training when it comes to their old-school metal discography. Be sure to ease yourself in, because these metalheads never tread lightly.

Sept. 22, 2022 — Pearl Jam @ Ball Arena
Legendary ‘90s alt-rock group Pearl Jam are making their grand return to Denver atop the news of their first new album since 2013’s "Lightning Bolt." The Eddie Vedder-led group hasn’t set foot in Denver since 2014, and The Mile High City has been anxiously awaiting this performance. So, strap on your best flannel and do some vocal warm-ups because this concert will run the gamut of nostalgia and long-awaited new material.

Sept. 23, 2022 - The Chemical Brothers @ 1stBank Center
The legendary Chemical Brothers make their long-awaited return to Denver this summer. The last time they played in the city was back around 1999, so an entire generation of people who have yet to see them, now have their chance. Bringing along the elusive Avalanches to partake as well, one can only hope that it is just as wild and reactive as the group is known to be.

Sept. 24, 2022 — Shawn Mendes @ Ball Arena
If you hear a wave of shrieks on Sept. 24, just know that modern-day dreamboat Shawn Mendes has touched down in Denver. The guitar-forward pop star is taking his talents to the next level, headlining Ball Arena to the tune of teenage pheromones and Billboard-certified hits. With all that in the atmosphere, you have no choice but to fangirl with the best of them.

Sep 27, 2022 — Khruangbin @ Civic Center Park
Civic Center Park is hosting a select number of large concerts this summer, with one of the brightest being Khruangbin. The popular funk jam band will grace the Greecian-style amphitheater stage with Tennis and Genesis Owusu, for even more bumping time. This rare occasion deserves you in your rarest form — don’t disappoint.

Sep 28, 2022 - Jack Harlow @ 1stBank Center
One of the hottest rappers in the game, Jack Harlow returns to The Mile High City with The City Girls in tow. The “First Class” rhymer has high stakes but greater odds to knock it out of the park. What else would you expect from the guy who’s from the hometown of the Louisville Slugger?

Sept. 30, 2022 — My Chemical Romance @ Ball Arena
Emo isn’t dead, just ask My Chemical Romance. The seminal rock band has reunited, and while the pandemic interrupted their original plans for a comeback tour shortly after their first show together in years, the group is planning to resume the black parade in 2022. An entire generation of kids, now adults grew up on My Chemical Romance, so to see them back in action means the world. We’ll carry on indeed. 

October

Oct. 1, 2022 — Florence + the Machine @ Ball Arena
The queen of all things ethereal and mystical, with a voice more powerful than a hurricane — the one and only Florence Welch is coming to town and she wants you to dance. Florence + the Machine is hitting Ball Arena on the back of their forthcoming album, "Dance Fever" this upcoming fall. With a super-sized venue and a full-scale production to boot, Denver may just dance the house down on behalf of their queen. 

Oct. 10 & 11, 2022 — King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ Red Rocks
Few artists are as wildly prolific as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Name aside, King Gizzard means business — the psych-rock band delivered five albums in 2017 alone, and this year they’ve already released two. For these Red Rocks performances, the group is promising a three-hour set spanning all 15 albums each night, and with all that arsenal they've built up, you can guarantee there won’t be any repeats across the back-to-back performances. 

Oct. 17, 2022 — The Who @ Ball Arena
The who? The Who! The ‘60s rock band still knows how to pack a punch and that’ll be no different on The Hits Back! Tour, set to come to Denver in late October. Who knows how long the group will continue to tour, so if nostalgia of this magnitude calls, you better pick up the phone. 

Oct. 25, 2022 — Alicia Keys @ Bellco Theatre
If you think of great modern pianists, Alicia Keys would surely pop into your head. The pop/R&B singer-songwriter will make a long-awaited appearance in The Mile High City at the tail end of 2022, bringing a massively popular discography and no shortage of instrumental virtuoso to the Bellco Theatre stage. Not only will she be celebrating the release of her latest album, "ALICIA," but she too will be ringing in the 20th anniversary of her smash debut album, "Songs In A Minor." A retrospective of a concert from one of the most renowned artists of the past two decades? Sign us up.

Oct. 30, 2022 — Marc Rebillet @ Red Rocks
Marc Rebillet, the screaming looping maniac who has taken over the internet since the onset of the pandemic is poised to make his Red Rocks debut. Hilarious and endlessly entertaining, his moment at the famed venue is a testament to how well he connects with audiences and a teaser of how big this star will eventually become when it inevitably sells out.

Oct. 31, 2022 — Lizzo @ Ball Arena
What could be better than celebrating Halloween at a Lizzo concert? This isn't a rhetorical question. We simply cannot see why anyone would want to be anywhere else when the queen of self-love and body positivity comes to town. You best believe there will be costumes to the most extra degree, and we, like every other eventual Halloween/Lizzo celebration seeker, are here for all of it. 

November

Nov. 4 & 5, 2022 — Deadmau5 @ Red Rocks
Electronic music's favorite troll and trailblazer, Deadmau5 is returning to Red Rocks for another installment of Day of the Deadmau5. The earth-shattering techno and house festivities are a marquee of Red Rocks season before the iconic venue closes up shop for the year. What better way to spend it than surrounded by strangers all united under one groove. 

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