15 Fantastic Concerts You Absolutely Need to Go to This October in NYC

If there is one thing we can truly always count on around here, it's that the NYC music scene will never disappoint.

Of course we've got an endless slew of our favorite, big name performers, like Ed Sheeran, Kid Cudi, or T-Pain, which will all be amazing, no doubt. 

Though we definitely recommend you switch it up and check out some of the other not-so-well-known acts as well, they won't be that way for long.  

Here's a list of suggestions, which might I add, only scratches the surface. Be sure to get on the shows coming up at the start of October, those tickets are selling fast!


1. Ed Sheeran @ The Barclays Center, Brooklyn (October 1st)


Good news ladies, Ed Sheeran is coming to NYC so we can fall in love with him all over again. This artist has brought us endless hits, with two Grammy wins in 2016 as well as multiple nominations. 

And since his albums are in the category of "songs we all know the words to without even realizing we do," the concert will be as much your chance to shine as it is his. Grab your tickets!

2. Foy Vance @ Roulette, Brooklyn (October 1st & 2nd)


While some of you may not be familiar with this Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance, his unique blend of folk and alternative rock is exactly the vibes you need this fall.  

Check him out, get your ticket!

3. Kid Cudi @ Rumsey Playfield- Summerstage Central Park (October 6th)


Kid Cudi is coming to Rumsey Playfield, Central Park! Let's get as many of these outdoor concerts in before the warm weather fizzles out. And with all of the collaboration he's done in recent years with artists like Travis Scott or Pharrell , there's no telling who will show up. 

Get your tickets here!

4. The National @ Forest Hills Stadium (October 6th)


The National recently released their new album, Sleep Well Beast, this past September. Their new work has been reviewed as "jolting" with new content that will develop the band's sound in a new light. 

For The New York Times, writer Jon Pareles reacts to the album as follows; "The National’s new songs defy the idea that maturity means settling down and discovering clear-cut choices. Instead, the questions are knottier, the answers harder to resolve". 

Sounds like something we don't want to miss, grab your tickets!

5. The Kooks @ Terminal 5 (October 6th) & Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn (October 7th)


The Kooks are coming to Terminal 5 this October, and tickets are going fast. Likely all thanks to their increasingly cult-like following, and understandably so! Don't miss out, get those tickets!

6. Niall Connolly & August Wells @ Union Hall, Brooklyn (October 6th)


I can say from experience that a Niall Connolly performance is one you will not want to miss. Both an incredible singer/musician, as well as a genuine, comedic presence. You will be happy you made his show, which will simultaneously feel somehow like the two of you are just hanging out and have been friends for years. 

And it gets even better, because joining him will be the incredible indie/alternative rock band, August Wells (shown in the photo above). 

Check it out!

7. Kesha and Black Lips @ Hammerstein Ballroom (October 9th) & Irving Plaza (October 10th)


Kesha has recently emerged into the spotlight after a long break in her career. As many of you have probably heard, the artist was involved in a long, confusing, infuriating lawsuit with her manager. Results of which were ultimately, rather ambiguous, and the entire conflict led to a major pause in her ability to produce music. The experience was reportedly very emotionally tolling and damaging to her spirit.

So of course, we're very glad to see her back in action. With the release of her new 2017 album, Rainbow, comes hits like "Hymn", "Good Old Days", and "Praying" which have, as of recently, taken over the radio. And now she's coming to NYC with back to back performances!  

Get your tickets here!

8. Blind Pilot @ Irving Plaza (October 12th)


Indie Folk/Pop band, Blind Pilot is coming to NYC this fall for a performance at the NYC Favorite; Irving Plaza. These guys will have you nostalgic and mellow one moment, then up on your feet dancing the next. 

You must be at least 16 to attend, otherwise come with an adult! Grab your tickets!

9. Francis Dunnery @ Iridium (October 12th)


English musician, singer, and record producer; Francis Dunnery is coming to Iridium Jazz Club, NYC this October. Since his presence in British pop band "It Bites" throughout the 80s, the artist has moved around the music scene, mastering multiple instruments. Dunnery is certain to deliver an unforgettable performance through his diverse and ever changing musical style.

Get your tickets here!

10. Billy Joel @ Madison Square Garden (October 20th)


Because clearly New York can simply never get enough Billy Joel! Catch him at MSG this October, and get your fix of all his hits you conveniently know every last word to! 

Or if you're from Long Island, you can just wait for him to pop up somewhere randomly and perform a song, because as we know that actually happens every so often. Grab your ticket!

11. BØRNS @ Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn (October 21st) 


As you can imagine, these babies are selling fast. The indie/psychedelic singer-songwriter, BØRNS, is coming to Brooklyn. After his big return this Summer, with "Faded Heart", we can only assume (or at least hope) that there's more to come! 

You can grab those tickets here 

12. Imagine Dragons @ The Barclays Center, Brooklyn (October 23rd) 


Imagine Dragons is coming to Brooklyn, performing from their new 2017 album Evolve. With major hits like "Thunder," or for all my fellow Riverdale fans, "Believer," which has become somewhat of a beloved anthem for the mysterious drama series on The CW. And even better, joining them will be Group Love and K. Flay!

Get those tickets!

13. T-Pain @ The Gramercy Theatre (October 24th)

Catch T-Pain, playing at The Gramercy this fall, and while he's sure to play his usual hits we've loved since forever and a day, he also recently released a new single this year; F.B.G.M. 

You can get your ticket here!

14. Travis Scott @ The NY Expo


If you didn't know who Travis Scott was last week, you certainly do now. 

The rapper, singer, and songwriter will be headlining a Halloween show with special guest Virgil Abloh this month, and you'd be crazy to miss it. Travis has been signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music, T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint in the past, and is now working on a new album, Astroworld. You may have also caught him performing with Thirty Seconds to Mars during the MTV Music Awards this year.


Tickets went on sale today, so make sure to grab yours before they're gone!

15. Josh Ritter @ Brooklyn Steel (October 29th)


You wont want to miss out on a chance to see singer-songwriter, Josh Ritter, live in concert. His performance will be a guaranteed highlight to your fall lineup. With an incredible music performance blended with his contagiously vibrant personality, his concerts make for unforgettably fun evenings.  

Be sure to get your ticket!

[Feature Image Courtesy BandsInTown] 

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