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30 Beautiful Concert Posters

Article by Awwwards Team in Design & Illustration - July 27

From singer outfits to record sleeves, music and design have always gone hand-in-hand. The history of rock concert posters started in the 1960s in San Francisco, a poster was made for almost every show during that era. Authoritative and eye-popping as they were soon people recognized their artistic value and started ripping them off of the walls and telephone poles until promoters started given them out at the end of show. In the '80s decade, the gig poster died in favor of the flyer, but it has recently made a comebak, in fact more rock posters have been made in the last ten years than in all their previous history. This recent explosion has grown along with the independent music scene and the changes in our relationship with music. With the rise of the mp3, the art that used to accompany music in physical records is disappearing, so young music fans filled the void themselves by starting the poster revolution. What once was a way to announce concerts is now an art form appreciated by many collectors and fans. If you'd like to know more about this movement, we recommend you take a look at Merle Becker's documentary American Artifact, which chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since its birth in the '60s. Here is a showcase of 30 of our favourite recent gig posters from numerous artists, designers and illustrators for your inspiration.

  • Show artist: Eddie Vedder | Poster designer: Jeff Soto

    Show artist: Eddie Vedder | Poster designer: Jeff Soto

  • Show artist: The Black Keys | Poster designer: Jeff Soto

    Show artist: The Black Keys | Poster designer:  Jeff Soto

  • Show artist: Peter Bjorn and John | Poster designer: Methane Studios

    Show artist: Peter Bjorn and John | Poster designer: Methane Studios

  • Show artist: Feist | Poster designer: Micah Smith

    Show artist: Feist | Poster designer: Micah Smith

  • Show artist: Dinosaur Jr | Poster designer: Jeff Lance

    Show artist: Dinosaur Jr | Poster designer: Jeff Lance

  • Show artist: Heart | Poster designer: Jeff Lance

    Show artist: Heart | Poster designer: Jeff Lance

  • Show artist: Flight Of The Concords | Poster designer: Jason Munn

    Show artist: Flight Of The Concords | Poster designer: Jason Munn

  • Show artist: Wilco | Poster designer: Mikey Burton

    Show artist: Wilco | Poster designer: Mikey Burton

  • Show artist: Ween | Poster designer: Justin Santora

    Show artist: Ween | Poster designer: Justin Santora

  • Show artist: Mogwai | Poster designer: Jeff Proctor

    Show artist: Mogwai | Poster designer: Jeff Proctor

  • Show artist: Artic Monkeys | Poster designer: Ken Taylor

    Show artist: Artic Monkeys | Poster designer: Ken Taylor

  • Show artist: Them Crooked Vultures | Poster designer: Ken Taylor

    Show artist: Them Crooked Vultures | Poster designer:  Ken Taylor

  • Show artist: The National | Poster designer: Spike Press

    Show artist: The National | Poster designer: Spike Press

  • Show artist: Wilco | Poster designer: Erin O'Connor

    Show artist: Wilco | Poster designer: Erin O'Connor

  • Show artist: Faith No More | Poster designer: Junko Mizuno

    Show artist: Faith No More | Poster designer: Junko Mizuno

  • Show artist: Melvins | Poster designer: Angryblue

    Show artist: Melvins | Poster designer: Angryblue

  • Show artist: Ladyhawke | Poster designer: Aaron Gresham

    Show artist: Ladyhawke | Poster designer: Aaron Gresham

  • Show artist: Wilco | Poster designer: The Heads of State

    Show artist: Wilco | Poster designer:  The Heads of State

  • Show artist: Bon Iver | Poster designer: Jason Munn

    Show artist: Bon Iver | Poster designer: Jason Munn

  • Show artist: Melvins | Poster designer: Tara Mcpherson

    Show artist: Melvins | Poster designer: Tara Mcpherson

  • Show artist: Liars | Poster designer: Tara Mcpherson

    Show artist: Liars | Poster designer:  Tara Mcpherson

  • Show artist: Faith No more | Poster designer: Tara Mcpherson

    Show artist: Faith No more | Poster designer: Tara Mcpherson

  • Show artist: Azkena Rock Festival | Poster designer: Emek

    Show artist: Azkena Rock Festival | Poster designer: Emek

  • Show artist: Queens Of The Stone Age | Poster designer: Emek

    Show artist: Queens Of The Stone Age | Poster designer: Emek

  • Show artist: Ween | Poster designer: Justin Hampton

    Show artist: Ween | Poster designer: Justin Hampton

  • Show artist: Glasvegas | Poster designer: Julia Gfrorer

    Show artist: Glasvegas | Poster designer:  Julia Gfrorer

  • Show artist: Mars Volta | Poster designer: Dan Stiles

    Show artist: Mars Volta | Poster designer:  Dan Stiles

  • Show artist: Tallest Man On Earth | Poster designer: Rich kelly

    Show artist: Tallest Man On Earth | Poster designer:  Rich kelly

  • Show artist: Xx | Poster designer: James Flames

    Show artist: Xx | Poster designer:  James Flames

  • Show artist: Imogen Heap | Poster designer: James Jean

    Show artist: Imogen Heap | Poster designer:  James Jean