He’s been hyped in the industry for over a year, and now Canadian-born rapper Drake will hit the road on his own spring tour of the U.S.
The Away From Home Tour kicks off April 6 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, and concludes May 8 with a private engagement in Plymouth, NH. The rapper’s final public performance of the tour comes two days earlier on May 6 at Cheyney University in Cheyney, PA.
Of the more than 20 dates on the rapper’s official schedule, only 15 are public performances and most of those are scheduled at colleges and universities across the nation. Highlights include concerts on April 9 at Penn State in State College, PA; April 14 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI; and May 4 at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
The only off-campus concerts will be festival performances. Drake is scheduled for an April 24 set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA, as well as a May 1 appearance at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, NJ.
The Away From Home Tour is Drake’s first headline trek in North America, supported by fellow Canadian rapper K-OS and synth-pop crew Francis & The Lights. All of Drake’s previous adventures on the road have supported other artists, such as his stint with Lil Wayne’s summer 2009 tour.
Drake’s tour will support his first full-length record, “Thank Me Later,” tentatively scheduled for release in late March. He made his debut last year with the September EP “So Far Gone,” an effort that debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.
(Dates are subject to change.)
|April 6||Charleston, IL||Eastern Illinois University|
|April 7||Columbus, OH||Private Concert|
|April 9||State College, PA||Pennsylvania State University|
|April 10||Boston, MA||Private Concert|
|April 11||Lock Haven, PA||Private Concert|
|April 14||East Lansing, MI||Michigan State University|
|April 15||Rochester, MI||Oakland University|
|April 16||Morgantown, WV||West Virginia University|
|April 21||Orlando, FL||University of Central Florida|
|April 22||Greenville, SC||Furman University|
|April 24||New Orleans, LA||New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival|
|April 26||Kansas City, MO||University of Missouri|
|April 27||Lexington, KY||University of Kentucky|
|April 29||Lowell, MA||University of Massachusetts|
|April 30||Syracuse, NY||Private Concert|
|May 1||Boston, MA||Private Concert|
|May 1||East Rutherford, NJ||Bamboozle|
|May 4||Worcester, MA||College of the Holy Cross|
|May 5||Towson, MD||Towson University|
|May 6||Cheyney, PA||Cheyney University|
|May 7||Ithaca, NY||Private Concert|
|May 8||Plymouth, NH||Private Concert|