The alt-rock group Paramore will hold voter registration drives at their concerts throughout the U.S. this summer to encourage young fans to vote in the midterm elections this November.
Hayley Williams and her crew partnered with the non-partisan organization HeadCount, which works with musicians to help promote fans’ participation in democracy.
“We’re partnering with HeadCount to give people a chance to register to vote before midterm elections,” Williams said. “They’ll be at the shows all summer and we’d like to encourage young people coming out to take this chance to make their presence known and their convictions noted.”
HeadCount will also be present at a handful of other artists’ shows this summer, including Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, G-Eazy, and David Byrne, along with more than 40 music festivals like Lollapalooza and Warped Tour. With over 20,000 volunteers registering voters at 25 events each week, the organization hopes to increase the number of young voters during the election — less than half of eligible voters under the age of 30 voted in the 2016 Presidential Election, according to the US census bureau.
Preceding Paramore’s After Laughter Summer Tour, the band will make an appearance at Tennesee’s Bonnaroo Festival next Friday, June 8. The summer tour will make 23 stops across the country, kicking-off on June 12 in St. Augustine, Florida, and ending in Morrison, Colorado on July 24. Throughout the trek, they will be joined by the California indie-rock act Foster The People.
Paramore will be touring in support of their latest LP, After Laughter. Their fifth studio effort was incredibly different than their previous work sound-wise. The record delves into dark lyrics revolving around anxiety and depression, covered by ’80s-style pop tunes. Foster The People will be supporting their third record, Sacred Hearts Club, which was released last year.
Check out the full list of the After Laughter Summer Tour dates below, which will feature HeadCount at every show.
Paramore ‘After Laughter Summer Tour’ Dates 2018
06/08 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/12 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
06/14 – Simpsonville, SC @ Heritage Park Amphitheater
06/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
06/18 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
06/17 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
06/20 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
06/21 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
06/23 – Columbia, MD @Merriweather Post Pavilion
06/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
06/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
06/28 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
06/29 – Detroit, MI @DTE Amphitheater
07/01 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Brook Pavilion
07/02 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Beach Pavilion at Northerly Park
07/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
07/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Amphitheater
07/08 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
07/10 – New Orleans, LA @Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
07/11 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
07/13 – Houston, TX @Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/14 – Irving, TX @The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
07/18 – Los Angeles, CA @The Forum
07/19 – San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
07/21 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @USANA Amphitheatre
07/24 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre