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Kia Forum

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The Forum
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Time Out says

It had been a while since this 17,500-seat space was the city’s go-to arena, and its fading halls were beginning to belie its rich history: “Showtime” Lakers, Gretzky-era Kings, ‘84 Olympics, Led Zeppelin, Queen and a ridiculously long set from Guns N’ Roses. The Arena (née Staples Center) had been hogging the spotlight ever since, but around the half-century mark the Inglewood venue regained some of its former glory. After a $100 million renovation—thanks to New York’s Madison Square Garden Company—the Forum (now with Kia branding at the front of its name) has shaped up to be fabulous once again, and the destination for arena shows.


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What’s on


  • Rock and indie

Probably our favorite band in the Warped Tour universe, Paramore gives aboveground punk a good name, delivering the sheen the mainstream craves, along with some genuinely angsty bite. The Tennessee band shed two founding members in 2010, but not to worry: Superstar frontwoman Hayley Williams is still providing her spunky fireworks.

Beck + Phoenix

  • Rock and indie

A giant of weird pop, alt rock and anti-folk since the early ’90s, L.A.’s own Beck hits the road with Phoenix and their twinkly, danceable hooks. Jenny Lewis and Sir Chloe open the show.

Greta Van Fleet

  • Rock and indie

If you’re holding out for a Led Zeppelin reunion, you might have to settle for the classic rock-inspired stylings of this Michigan quartet. In case the Jimmy Paige-indebted blues riffs and Robert Plant-inspired yelps didn’t give it away, the members of Greta Van Fleet are devoted students of the legendary British rockers.

Drake + 21 Savage

  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Drake—of Degrassi, engagement ring necklace, anti-AI and “I fuck with Turrell” fame—hits up both the Forum and the Arena with inventive Southern rap star 21 Savage.

Sam Smith

  • Pop

It seems like everything Sam Smith touches turns to gold. Their soaring vocals on Disclosure’s “Latch” brought universal attention—and has likely been stuck in your head for about a decade now—and then their falsetto-laden feature on Naughty Boy’s “La La La” earned their first number-one single. Now, Sam Smith returns on the Gloria tour with a stop at the Forum.

Lionel Richie + Earth, Wind & Fire

  • Pop

Hello, is it this show you’re looking for? Lionel Richie teams up with Earth, Wind & Fire for a concert at the Forum that’s so close to the 21st of September (on September 15, to be clear).

Chance the Rapper

  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Chicago MC Chancelor Bennett built a tidy following with witty, joyful, freewheeling mixtapes like 2013’s Acid Rap and the follow-up, Coloring Book. Now, a decade later, Chance the Rapper celebrates the anniversary of Acid Rap with this stop at the Forum.


  • Pop

When last she played L.A., Madonna spent nearly two weeks at the Wiltern. This time around, the patron saint of pop is scaling up a bit with shows at the Arena at Kia Forum, part of her 40th anniversary Celebration Tour.

Arctic Monkeys

  • Rock and indie

The British garage-rockers return following their Primavera Sound appearance. The ferociously talented quartet headlines with its blend of full-tilt, sinewy rock, which is constantly undergoing sharp-witted evolution.

Peter Gabriel

  • Pop

The former Genesis singer swings by the Forum. (We know you can't wait to rock out to "Sledgehammer.")

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