April has to be one of the best months for concerts. Besides warmer weather and longer daytime hours, bands are touring in preparation for the upcoming summer festival season. Although some of these shows are sold out, look out for these artists next time around. There’s a reason they made the top 10 concerts to check out in Vancouver this month.
Get yourself into Festival mode with the 5th annual Seasons Festival. Blueprint’s massive fest spans over five days, over 30 artists, and six venues- including the main event at Pacific Coliseum. Diplo and Eric Prydz headline the line-up, which includes 3LAU, Dillon Francis, Bonobo (DJ set), Robin Schulz, Bear Mountain, Cashmere Cat, and many more.
Seasons Festival 2015
A band than needs no introduction, the legendary Fleetwood Mac return to Rogers Arena for their second Vancouver show in five months. The multi-Grammy award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers reunited last year after a 16-year absence, and began a successful tour last fall. Despite it being the second time around in less than a year with their On with the Show tour, fans are still excited for Stevie Nicks and co.
From legends to breakthrough artists, and one of the most talented musicians of the year, George Ezra. Straight off his North American tour opening for Sam Smith and then Hozier, Ezra returns to Vancouver on his first headlining show. A recent musical guest on Saturday Night Live, Ezra is touring his debut album “Wanted on Voyage”, which is best known for his single “Budapest.” If you miss him this time around, look out for his return to the West Coast at the Squamish Valley Music Festival.
It’s hard to believe Belle & Sebastian has been around for 19 years, and their latest “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance” is their ninth studio album. The indie-pop Scottish band haven’t toured in years, and their recent tour announcement was met with many immediate sold-out shows. Belle & Sebastian-who were hipster before any modern-day-hipster band – are also headlining several music festivals this year, including Coachella this month.
Belle & Sebastian
Recent Juno Award-winner Kiesza is stopping into Vancouver this month on tour supporting her album “Sound of a Woman”- but the Canadian has been busy taking over charts everywhere. From MTV, to YouTube, to being a featured artist and working with Skrillex and Diplo, Calgary’s Kiesza can probably be named the 2015 “It Girl” in music.
Kiesza: The Sound Of A Woman Tour With Special Guest Betty Who
It’s been three years since indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs hit the stage in our fair city, and they return this month (a rescheduled date) in support of their 2014 release “Education, Education, Education & War.” The Brits, who opened for Foo Fighters in December, are known for their melodic brit-pop style, which is evident in the latest single “Falling Awake.” The Chiefs start their latest North American tour in Victoria, before popping by Vancouver.
This year’s Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording went to Clean Bandit for their chart-topping single “Rather Be.” The British electronic group is bringing that single, along with the rest of their debut album “New Eyes,” to Vancouver this month during their North American headline tour.
Probably one of the best albums of the year so far, Twin Shadow is often an under-rated indie pop artists. Twin Shadow, who toured extensively last year in support of his latest album “Eclipse”, is American singer and writer George Lewis Jr. His tour continues this year, and he is taking part in the international festival circuit once more. Touring with Swedish singer-songwriter Erik Hassle, this is an incredible indie double-bill.
The remarkable Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter sold out his show soon tickets were released, and it is no surprise. Jose Gonzalez creates magic with his music, in a stripped pure state in which music was meant to be heard. From his 2006 single “Heartbeats” to his latest “Leaf Off/The Cave”, Gonzalez has captured a dedicated fan base globally. If you miss him this time and enjoy acoustic melodies, concert or not, Jose Gonzalez is highly recommended.
Electro pop duo Sylvan Esso make their highly anticipated Vancouver debut this month. Known for their singles “Coffee” and “Hey Mami”, the duo is touring their self-titled studio album which was released last year. There’s a chance Sylvan Esso will be on the festival circuit this summer, and are currently confirmed for Sasquatch.