Now that 2020 has arrived, there's no better time to plan your concert schedule for the new year, which promises a season stacked with great concerts in and around Miami. Winter will see the return of two of South Florida's most beloved music festivals to their rightful homes when Ultra Music Festival enjoys its Bayfront Park homecoming and Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival's reappears in Sunshine Grove after taking a year off. Plus, with Miami Gardens set to host the Super Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in February for the first time in ten years, even more big names than usual are flocking to the 305 to celebrate the most exciting sporting event of the year. Throw in a few excellent indie shows at smaller venues, and 2020 is shaping up to be another banner year for live music in Miami.
This legendary British synth-pop band must truly love Miami, because just one year after its last show at the Fillmore Miami Beach, New Order is set to return to the venue for the first residency in the group's 40-year history. Billed as “Four at the Fillmore,” the gigs set to take place the third week of January are sure to be a sensory delight for fans, and the beloved band will have ample opportunity to pack set lists with hits and deep cuts alike. 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 14; Wednesday, January 15; Friday, January 17; and Saturday, January 18, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; fillmoremb.com. Single-show and four-day tickets cost $78.50 to $250 via ticketmaster.com.
EA Sports Bowl
The Super Bowl always brings massive shows to its host city, and this year will be no different when the big game returns to South Florida. The musical festivities will kick off three days before the big game, Thursday, January 30, with the EA Sports Bowl. Local legend DJ Khaled will headline a stacked bill including some of the hottest names in hip-hop. The Snapchat superstar is set to be joined by Meek Mill, DaBaby, and Megan Thee Stallion, though it’s safe to assume he’ll bring along a few other famous friends as special guests. 8 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $50 to $200 via ticketmaster.com.
Guns N’ Roses
The biggest name in hair metal continues its reunion victory lap with what's sure to be a raucous show at the American Airlines Arena as part of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival. With founding members Slash and Duff McKagan back in the fold for the first time in more than 20 years, hard-rock classics such as "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child o' Mine," and "Mr. Brownstone" are sure to hit as hard as they did in the '80s. 8 p.m. Friday, January 31, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $125 to $250 via ticketmaster.com.
The former Super Bowl Halftime Show star will return to the big game, albeit in a much smaller fashion this time. Three years removed from headlining the most anticipated musical spectacle of the year, the pop superstar is set to swing by Miami to headline the AT&T Super Saturday Night at Meridian. This show at a new venue is not to be missed. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at Meridian, 950 MacArthur Cswy., Miami. Tickets cost $375 via ticketmaster.com.
Zac Brown Band
The musical boon that comes with hosting the Super Bowl will continue when one of the world's biggest country-rock bands makes its way to South Florida to headline Radio.com's concert, the Night Before. Zac Brown Band is accustomed to feeling the love in South Florida — the group has regularly played double-headers at West Palm Beach's Coral Sky Amphitheatre over the past few years — and this rare indoor show will give fans another opportunity to get their fix of the band's unique blend of rock, country, folk, and pop. 8 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $34.75 to $405 via ticketmaster.com.
Whitney has been one of the bigger American indie-rock bands to break out in the past few years. The Chicago duo is riding the success of last year's excellent Forever Turned Around straight into the Ground for its first Miami show. The band' '70s-inspired soft-rock sound will be balanced out by an opening set by the Japanese dance punks of Chai, which has been gaining traction in the States following the release of the band's 2019 LP, Punk. With Chai. 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 via thegroundmiami.com.
Rex Orange County
Rex Orange County's bedroom indie pop didn't seem bound for success at first, but the 21-year-old English artist has ascended through the ranks to become a viral sensation over the past four years. His upcoming sold-out show at the Fillmore is in support of this year's uninspired Pony, but fans will certainly still be clamoring for older material such as "Sunflower," "Loving Is Easy," and "Best Friend." 8 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; fillmoremb.com. Tickets start at $120 via ticketmaster.com.
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
South Florida’s answer to Bonnaroo is set to return for a 2020 edition after taking a year off and brings with it questions about the viability of the young but beloved camping festival. Following the gathering's change of ownership, fans can only hope that the 2020 iteration of Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will be able to recapture the magic of years past. This year's lineup boasts Rüfüs Du Sol, Bassnectar (yes, again), Vampire Weekend, and Mumford & Sons, among many others. Thursday, March 5, through Sunday, March 8, in Sunshine Grove, 12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee; okeechobeefest.com. Tickets cost $279 to $599.99 via okeechobeefest.com.
It’s no secret Billie Eilish owned 2019, and the 18-year-old pop phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down as she sprints into the new decade with a massive arena tour. The trek in support of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? begins at the American Airlines Arena March 9 and will mark the alternative pop superstar’s first show in Miami. 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets start at $250 via ticketmaster.com.
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Ultra Music Festival
After 2019's fiasco on Virginia Key, Ultra Music Festival is coming home to Bayfront Park in 2020. The seminal electronic music fest is Miami's premier annual music event, and fans are hoping for a rebound year after the logistical issues that plagued the event's 20th-anniversary iteration. Headliners include Flume, Gessafelstein, Major Lazer, and Zedd. Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; ultramusicfestival.com. Tickets cost $399.95 to $1,499.95 via ultramusicfestival.com.