Honda Civic Tour Expands to Include More Music Genres, Three Separate Tours

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The 2014 Honda Civic Tour is taking a new turn in its 13th year - with three successive tours and three distinct genres of music for what is intended as the "pillar" of the new Honda Stage music platform.

Alternative rock bands Grouplove and Portugal. The Man will co-headline the first 2014 Honda Civic Tour this summer with Tokyo Police Club and Typhoon supporting on various dates, kicking off August 10 in Seattle, WA. The second of the three tours will begin in the fall, with Brooklyn-based pop/rock band American Authors on October 1. In addition, Latin DJ trio3BallMTY will headline the final tour of the series starting mid-November.

"I would say that this is a dream tour," said Grouplove's Hannah Hooper. "Honda is really invested in all art forms and connecting music with fans."

The Honda Civic Tour kicked off in 2001, with headliners blink-182 and Everclear, and has featured such bands in previous years as Incubus (2002), New Found Glory and Good Charlotte (2003), Dashboard Confessional (2004), Maroon 5 (2005), The Black Eyed Peas (2006), Fall Out Boy (2007), Panic! at the Disco (2008), Paramore (2010), blink-182 and My Chemical Romance (2011), Linkin Park and Incubus (2012) and Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson (2013).

Tickets for the Grouplove and Portugal. The Man Honda Civic Tour will go on sale starting June 20.

As they have in the past, headlining bands will once again design their very own custom Honda Civic.  

Honda's commitment to music includes, aside from the annual tour, hosting Honda Stages at leadingU.S. music festivals including Governors Ball, Music Midtown and Austin City Limits Music Festival.  

Under the program, American Honda brings together entertainment and technology leaders including Clear Channel (iHeartRadio), Live Nation, REVOLT, Vevo and YouTube to produce and distribute original music content through dozens of live events and exclusive online content.  

"There is a new generation of music fans that can now share in Honda's passion for music and fun-to-drive vehicles with the expansion of the Honda Civic Tour, reaching a wider and broader fan base," said Nick Lee, Honda brand manager, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.  "We are thrilled to work with so many talented artists, sponsor their tours and underwrite ticket prices so that fans have access to the music they love at an affordable price."

L.A.-based indie band Grouplove released their 2011 debut full-length, Never Trust a Happy Song, in 2011 on Canvasback Music/Atlantic, followed by last year's Spreading Rumours, which included the Alternative hit, "Ways to Go." The band performed at Austin City Limits music festival as well as Coachella Music and Arts Festival earlier this year.

Portland-via-Wasilla, AK-based band Portugal. The Man's most recent album, Evil Friends, was produced by Danger Mouse. Most recently, the band partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to raise awareness of the endangered Sumatran Tiger, by releasing a new song, "Sumatran Tiger," on 400 custom polycarbonate records which degraded after a certain amount of plays.

American Authors recently scored a platinum, No. 1 hit with their debut single, "Best Day of My Life," which was included on a Lowe's TV ad and in trailers for the films Delivery Man and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The group was chosen for both the Vevo Lift emerging artists program and VH1's "You Outghta Know." 

3BallMTY (Tribal Monterrey) are an award-winning electronic Latin music group from Mexico named Best New Artists at the Latin Grammys. As one of the most important representatives of "La Generacion Tribal" (The Tribal Generation), the trio has broken cultural, generational and language barriers. Their debut album, Interntalo, went platinum in the U.S., with iTunes selecting them for "Best Latin Breakthrough Album."

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