The big name acts coming to Columbus from September to November.
You’d think summertime is the best time for concerts in Columbus, but the true concert fans know the fall is the best time. Outdoor concerts in the crisp fall air are hardly beatable, and as the weather grows colder, indoor concerts seem to pile up as people look for things to do to avoid the outside.
There’s plenty of acts coming to Columbus this fall—from hip-hop, to punk rock, to EDM—so check out this list so you don’t miss out on any of your favorite groups or musicians!
9.9 Fall Out Boy @ Nationwide Arena
Let’s take it back to middle school and get nostalgic while we reminisce on our punk rock phase (I’m still in that phase). A time where Blingy gifs of Pete Wentz flooded the internet, and “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging” was still a new song.
9.10 FIDLAR @ Newport Music Hall
More punk rock! Let’s mosh! Let’s get angsty! Let’s hope the police don’t shut it down!
9.14 Lost Lands Music Festival @ Legend Valley – Thornville, OH
To all the EDM junkies out there, this three-day festival claims to have the “top bass music from the past 65 million years.” Musical performances include Excision, Flux Pavillion, Ganja White Night, Jauz, Rezz and more.
9.15 Blink-182 @ EXPRESS LIVE!
MORE PUNK ROCK! Put on your Vans and that shredded Warped Tour tank top you haven’t worn since 2009, Blink-182 is coming to town.
9.18 Mat Kearney @ Newport Music Hall
Soft rock? Folk? Hip-Hop? Singer-songwriter? What IS Mat Kearney? Apparently he’s everything. His latest album CRAZYTALK will take you on a ride of intimacy, exploring the ins-and -outs of relationships and love.
9.18 Kacy & Clayton and The Decemberists @ EXPRESS LIVE!
Psychedelic folk musicians Kacy & Clayton are coming to take you on a trippy ride through their 60s-70s folk and country sound. They’re from Canada so I bet they’re super nice too.
9.21 Bonnie x Clyde @ Dahlia
The DJ/producer/vocalist duo is coming to Dahlia. Their vocal bass music is easy to dance to and a good excuse to get bottle service. They know how to party and they’re here to share the wealth.
9.23 J. Cole and Young Thug @ Schottenstein Center
Experience this electrifying live performance by two of the biggest rappers in the game. Get in your feels to J. Cole’s incredible story telling abilities through his art, or let it all out to Young Thug’s as he surely will play a few songs off his newest album, Slime Language.
9.25 Maroon 5 @ Nationwide Arena
2013’s sexiest man alive is bringing his pitch-perfect falsetto to Nationwide Arena! It’s a win-win because you get to gaze upon his angelic face AND jam to “Moves like Jagger.” Also, it’s worth noting that Red Pill Blues has been on the Billboard Top 40 for damn near a year now. Pop music is making a change, and Maroon 5 is keeping up.
9.25 Shakey Graves @ Newport Music Hall
Blues, folk and rock-n-roll. Singer-songwriter Shakey Graves will charm your aching heart and make you feel like you’re sitting around a campfire down south. And if you’ve never heard his music before, check out “Late July” on YouTube. The song is irresistibly catchy, and the story on how he got his name is worth a listen.
9.27 Luke Bryan @ TBD
Bro country, baby! If you’re a country girl with a dream to shake it for Luke Bryan, you’re in luck. Put on your cowboy hat and American flag cowboy boots, hop in the bed of a pickup truck with a case of good ole American Bud Light and get ready to tailgate.
10.2 St. Lucia @ Newport Music Hall
South African musician St. Lucia will take you back to the 80s with his synth-packed, whimsical and colorful performance at the Newport. His music makes you feel good, makes you want to dance, and makes you pine for a time when you weren’t yet alive.
10.2 NF @ EXPRESS LIVE!
Christian rapper NF made history when he topped the Billboard charts for an entire week back in Oct. 2017—an extremely rare feat for a Christian artist. The hip-hop artist doesn’t aim his music entirely to the Christian market, as his style remains very modern hip-hop and rap. Whether you share his beliefs or not, one thing we can all agree on is that the guy has flow.
10.04 Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats @ EXPRESS LIVE!
Soulful R&B will flood EXPRESS LIVE! With the arrival of Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats.
10.10 Andy Grammer @ Newport Music Hall
You better bet Andy Grammer will make sure you put your hands up and let your hair down.
10.14 Owl City @ Newport Music Hall
Would you believe your eyes if Owl City came to Columbus? Well they are and I heard they’re bringing like 10,000 fireflies with them.
10.17 DJ Pauly D @ TRISM
GET CRAZY. GET LOUD. LET’S PARTY. IT’S T-SHIRT TIME. GET WILD. YEAAAAHHH BUDDY!
10.19 Lil Pump @ EXPRESS LIVE!
Esskeetit!!! Hate on Lil Pump all you want, we all know when “Gucci Gang” or “Drug Addicts” plays in the club, you are dancing and singing along to every word… Even if every word is just “Gucci gang, Gucci gang, Gucci gang.”
10.19 Phil Collins @ Nationwide Arena
Phil Collins is a classic American icon. If you’ve never heard of him, he’s the guy that did the Tarzan soundtrack. AND he did a version of “Trashin’ the Camp” with NSYNC and it’s incredible.
10.24 Kevin Gates @ EXPRESS LIVE!
A Kevin Gates show should be quite an entertaining one. He’s given us great singles like “Two Phones” and “I Don’t Get Tired,” and at one point we all have to admit, “I Don’t Get Tired” was our working life anthem.
10.26 Haunted Fest @ Ohio Expo Center
Make your Halloween ~extra spooky~ with TCHAMI, Porter Robinson, and Alan Walker at this two-day EDM festival. It’ll be scary, fun, packed with people—just like block! Make sure to wear a costume!
11.2 Elton John @ Schottenstein Center
Rocket Man, Benny and the Jets, Tiny Dancer, Your Song… Tickets might be expensive, so maybe this is a great chance to spend some quality time with your mom who’s been a fan of Elton John since his first album.
11.2 Good Charlotte @ EXPRESS LIVE!
Black clothes, wallets with chains, and all the angst you can handle. And who can forget the classic “The Anthem” by this group? “THIS IS THE ANTHEM, THROW ALL YOUR HANDS UP, YOUUU, DON’T WANNA BE JUST LIKE YOU!” Don’t lie, you still know all the words.
11.3 Lil Yatchy and Bhad Bhabie @ EXPRESS LIVE!
Lil Yatchy made his way into the rap scene thanks to a popular video on YouTube which featured his single, “One Night,” and he hasn’t slowed down since. He’s been producing music with some of the biggest names in the game right now including Migos as well as up-and-comers like Trippie Redd and the hip-hop group, 88rising. He’ll be sharing the stage with Bhad Bhabie who also grew to fame thanks to the internet, and you can catch her inside at Express Live! How ‘bout dat?
11.7 Fleetwood Mac @ Nationwide Arena
Watch Stevie Nicks twirl around the stage in her iconic tassel shawl. Belt along to “Dreams,” “Everywhere,” “You Can Go Your Own Way,” and the rest of the band’s hit songs.
11.18 O.A.R @ EXPRESS LIVE!
If you’ve ever went through a tough breakup in your youth, odds are you sat in your room and listened to “Shattered” by O.A.R. Did you understand the concepts of heartbreak at age 11? Maybe not, but you know damn well you will always turn the car around.
11.28 San Holo @ The Bluestone
No, that isn’t a typo and Harrison Ford’s character, Han Solo, isn’t coming to the Bluestone. But, San Holo isn’t any musician to scoff at. His sets are electrifying as they are complete with light shows to coordinate with his music, and he’ll be playing some of the hits off his newest album, bitbird, while on tour.