Boston brims with events, parties, and cultural activities come summer, and concerts are no exception. Enjoy some of the world’s biggest musical acts, from Paul McCartney to Coldplay and Drake, in our backyard this season.
They took the music world by storm with Thrift Shop in 2012, and they haven’t stopped innovating since the smash hit. The singer and DJ combine rap and hip-hop to create a unique musical experience. 7:30 p.m. June 17. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., 617-358-7000
This duo will be back in Boston on July 24 at the TD Center, but see them first on July 4 as they perform during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Arrive early to the Hatch Shell to grab a seat on the lawn for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. 9 p.m. July 4.Charles River Esplanade
The British Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s resume speaks for itself, from co-founding The Beatles to recent collaborations with musicians like Kanye West and Rihanna. 6:30 p.m.July 17. Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, 877-733-7699
Hire a car service, pack a picnic, and make a day of it when you head to the New England Patriots’ home stadium to see this British band perform. Chris Martin and the band are sure to perform great new singles like “Hymn for the Weekend” and “Adventure of a Lifetime” from the new album, A Head Full of Dreams. 8 p.m. July 30. Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl., Foxborough, 508-543-8200
A five-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, this artist is known for his stunning, relatable music—and his love of the Berkshires. 6:30 p.m. August 3. Fenway Park,4 Yawkey Way, 877-733-7699
The winner of 18 Grammy Awards and the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Queen of Soul is an artist who is not to be missed. 8 p.m. August 19. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., 617-728-1600
Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert are bringing classic country music to Gillette Stadium during the Spread The Love Tour, so get excited to sing along to “American Kids” and “There Goes My Life.” 5 p.m. August 26 and 27. Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl., Foxborough, 508-543-8200