Many of the artists hitting the road in 2022 will be touring for the first time since the pandemic began. And for many tours, concert dates have been scheduled, rescheduled, and rescheduled again in the nearly two years since the live industry shut down. Still, even keeping an eye out for the potential lingering effects of COVID-19 variants and other factors, hopes are still high for touring headliners hitting the road in early 2022.
One such artist is Justin Bieber who will kick off his long-awaited “Justice” world tour with a performance on February 18 at Pechanga Arena in San Diego. It will launch a tour of 105 arenas and stadiums across six continents, originally scheduled for spring 2020 but now scheduled throughout this year and running through the end of March 2023.
His box office history shows that the gross and ticket sales averages of his 2016-2017 “Purpose” World Tour saw a significant increase from the averages of his previous “Believe” trek (2012-2013). With both tours booked primarily in arenas with a smaller slate of stadium dates, the “Purpose” tour’s arenas produced a gross average 17% above average on “Believe”. Similarly, ticket averages at the same venues were also higher, but by only 7%. Its stadium shows, however, saw an even bigger jump, as “Purpose” averaged 31% more revenue than “Believe,” while average tickets sold jumped 32%.
Another tour set to kick off in February is Imagine Dragons’ “Mercury” tour which begins Feb. 6 at the FTX Arena in Miami, the first of 27 North American shows booked through early May. A European stage of 24 shows, including some festival appearances, will follow until mid-July. The band’s most recent pre-pandemic jaunt was the “Evolve” world tour which kicked off in September 2017 and ended 14 months later. Records show a gross average of $818,000 from the arena and amphitheater dates of the trek based on 105 reported shows. The total number of tickets for the tour exceeded 1.4 million.
Just three days after the launch of the “Mercury” tour, Dua Lipa will also kick off her 2022 tour at the FTX Arena with US and Canadian shows scheduled through April 1. The next stages of the tour in Europe, Latin America and Oceania will continue until November in support of the London native nostalgia for the future album released in 2020 just before the tour’s original launch date, sidelined by the pandemic shutdown and eventually rescheduled. His highest-attended solo headlining performance was an April 12, 2018 gig in Glasgow, Scotland at the SSE (now OVO) Hydro with 12,658 fans in the house.
Miami’s FTX Arena also hosted the launch of the unfortunate “Where Do We Go?” world tour in 2020 with Billie Eilish, ultimately canceled due to COVID-19. His March 9 show of that year – the first of three held before the tour was halted – drew 13,498 sold-out spectators for a gross of $1.5 million. The multiple Grammy winner is set to launch her new ‘Happier Than Ever’ tour on February 3 this year, starting with a performance at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. A nine-week North American leg will be followed by treks through Europe and Oceania.
Bad Bunny will travel to Denver for the start of his “El Último Tour del Mundo” at the Ball Arena on February 9. The tour will include 35 shows in 25 North American cities through early April, concluding with a three-night run in Miami at FTX Arena. The rapper last toured with his “X100 Pre” tour in 2019, grossing over $50 million on over half a million tickets, based on 47 reported shows. His sold-out Miami date on this tour grossed $2 million from 18,315 tickets.