One of the more unexpected frustrations of the pandemic shutdowns was the limitations on social gatherings – even outdoors. Most concerts were canceled in 2020, but 2021 showed a slight improvement as more people were vaccinated. Now that things are finally beginning to settle down, music festivals are beginning to announce their 2022 lineups and that means it’s on. Here are four shows we’re looking forward to in 2022.

Smokin Grooves Festival – Los Angeles, CA; March 19

Meta: Smokin Grooves 2022 lineup
Source: Smokin Grooves

This is a neo-soul lover’s dream come true. Smokin Grooves is the only place you’ll get to see Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, Jhene Aiko, The Roots, and a dozen others in one spot. Many tickets to this show have already been sold, and some types of tickets have already sold out (GA+ and VIP are both long gone). General Admission tickets are still available through the Smokin Grooves website. Before you book, be sure that you agree with, and can adhere to, their COVID safety measures. 

Dreamville – Raleigh, NC; April 2-3

Meta: Dreamville Music Festival.
Source: Music Festival Wizard

Dreamville is J. Cole’s record label, and in 2019 he and his team launched the Dreamville Music Festival. The 2019 show featured Big Sean, Sza, 21 Savage, Teyana Taylor, Ari Lennox, and many others. Right after the inaugural show, the pandemic put things on pause and the Dreamville  Music Festival was off for 2020 and 2021. Dreamville is back in 2022 for a two-day event in Dorothea Dix part and is poised to be better than ever. Keep an eye on their website for the lineup.

Lovers & Friends – Las Vegas, NV; May 14-15 

Meta: Lovers & Friends 2022 lineup.
Source: Lovers & Friends

Presented by Snoop Dogg and Bobby Dee, Lovers & Friends may just be one of the biggest shows of 2022. It is completely sold out and even the waitlist is long, but when you look at the setlist it’s not hard to see why. This show throws it all the way back to the late 90s and early 2000s – Mya, Nelly, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Tweet, Trina, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Eve, Akon, Fabolous, Ginuwine, and more. This is a big one, and you won’t want to miss it if you have the chance to go. Join the waitlist here.

Governor’s Ball – Queens, NYC; June 10-12

Meta: Chance the Rapper at Governor’s Ball 2017.
Source: Billboard

Governor’s Ball first launched in 2011 and has been one of the more popular annual music festivals. 2022’s lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but 2021’s three-day event included A$AP Rocky, Kehlani, Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, and Post Malone among others. You can sign up for an email alert through their website to let you know as soon as the 2022 lineup is confirmed.

(BONUS) New Edition Culture Tour – Los Angeles, CA; February 2022

Meta: The Culture Tour poster for New Edition
Source: Business Wire

Veteran R&B group New Edition headlines an iconic lineup with the legendary Charlie Wilson, along with special guest, Jodeci, the bad boys of R&B. The Culture Tour kicks off a 30-city tour February 2022in Columbus, Ga., with stops in Los Angeles, New York, and New Edition’s hometown of Boston.

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