What 2018 has in store for music, movies and more

Mark your calendars for the hottest albums, TV shows, movies and events to happen in 2018, from local to global.


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As we move into the new year, there are many great entertainment events planned, from music to movies, along with a royal wedding and local film festivals. Be ready to enjoy and explore 2018.


As we head into 2018, music will roar, with tours from Maroon 5, who will stop in Kansas City on Sept. 11 and St. Louis on Sept. 13, and Lorde, who will be in St. Louis on March 2 and Kansas City on March 3. There are also long-awaited albums set to be released by Arctic Monkeys, Cardi B and MGMT. MGMT will release Little Dark Age on Feb. 9. This is the band’s latest album in five years. As for Arctic Monkeys and Cardi B, album titles and dates have yet to be announced but have been publicized. New music is set to come from Kacey Musgraves with her album Golden Hour to be released in early 2018 and The 1975 with Music for Cars with the release date TBA.


This year, the theaters will be filled with action-packed blockbusters such as Marvel’s Black Panther with the cast including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o premiering Feb. 16 and Avengers: Infinity War on May 4. Also, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna and the crew of Ocean’s 8 will kick butt in theaters on June 8. Moviegoers’ hearts will be content with the animated super-family film Incredibles 2, which is set to hit theaters on June 15. One film to keep an eye out for is rom-com Love, Simon on March 16. This coming-of-age film is based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a young adult novel by Becky Albertalli. Crazy Rich Asians, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan, premiers on Aug. 17.

TV Shows

Television will for sure grab viewers’ attention with new seasons of Netflix’s Jessica Jones starring Krysten Ritter on March 8, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale in April and HBO’s Westworld. On the rise this year are new shows such as The Looming Tower starring Jeff Daniels on Hulu, which premieres Feb. 28. It is a historical drama examining the rise of al-Qaeda and the events leading to 9/11. Kate Mara and Evan Peters star in Pose, which premieres in the summer on FX, with Ryan Murphy behind this project based in the 1980s that takes a look into ball culture in New York City.


Stop by Jesse Hall to check out the Mizzou Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase from Feb. 5-9. There will be plenty of work on display, from photojournalism to floral design to paintings. In addition, the True/False Film Festival is March 1-4. Don’t miss out on downtown Columbia being transformed into a highly creative atmosphere, along with films premiering and a variety of events to take part in. Bill Nye will speak in Jesse Auditorium on March 16 at 7 p.m.; tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the MU Student Center Ticket Office.


Tune in Feb. 9-25 to see U.S. athletes compete for the gold at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with events such as snowboarding, Alpine skilling and hockey. The hearts and eyes of the world will be on Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they say “I do” on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. And even though the United States didn’t qualify for the FIFA World Cup, catch the men’s competition in Russia starting June 14.

Edited by Brooke Collier | bcollier@themaneater.com

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