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48 concerts in Vancouver to check out this summer

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Jenni Sheppard May 26, 2017 3:59 am 4,316

Summer in Vancouver is awesome. The glorious sunshine, the soothing ocean, and enough crazy concerts to get you dancing in the streets.

And when it comes to music, we’ve got your back. Here are 48 concerts happening this summer in Vancouver, from rock to pop, and everything in between.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

John Legend

  • What: Acclaimed, multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and 10x Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter John Legend will be in the city as part of his “Darkness and Light Tour.” This show is bound to be legendary.
  • When: Thursday, June 1
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $35-$125

Midnight Oil

  • What: Midnight Oil is more than just a rock & roll band. From the beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they’ve stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, and broken new ground. Now they’re on The Great Circle tour, stopping in Vancouver.
  • When: Friday, June 2
  • Time: Gates 5:30 pm / Show 6:30 pm / Curfew 10 pm
  • Where: Malkin Bowl opposite Stanley Park Pavilion – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $55

Up Dharma Down

  • What: This award-winning band from the Philippines is touring Canada, with influences from trip-hop, electronica and post-rock, to create a unique sound.
  • When: Sunday, June 4
  • Time: Doors 5:30 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $50 in advance, $60 on door, $80 VIP w/ meet and greet

TWRP

  • What: This synth-rock band from Toronto is on tour to support their latest EP release Ladyworld.
  • When: Sunday, June 4
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm/ Show at 9 pm
  • Where: The Cobalt – 917 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketweb, or at Red Cat​ ​Main St, Red Cat Hastings St and Zulu, $12

Mount Kimbie

  • What: This acclaimed English electronic music duo are returning to Vancouver on their North America tour,
  • When: Thursday, June 8
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketweb, or at Red Cat​ ​Main St, Red Cat Hastings St and Zulu, $20

Future

  • What: This Atlanta rapper’s stylish, minimal blend of rap and R&B have made him one of the genre’s brightest rising stars, resulting in collaborations with everyone from Lil Wayne to Ciara.
  • When: Friday, June 9
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm/ Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $49-$617

Hollerado

  • What: Hollerado’s debut album Record In A Bag came out in 2009 and received a Canadian JUNO award nomination for Best New Artist. Eight years on, they’ve had multiple hits and the exhaustive songwriting project is continuing here.
  • When: Saturday, June 10
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketweb, $20

Hellyeah

  • What: This impressive metal band is back with a new album, UNDEN!ABLE, and its frontloaded with songs that crackle with a “palpable industrial aggro energy.” Here’s hoping their concert in Vancouver is the same.
  • When: Monday, June 12
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $29.50

Tool

  • What: This American alternative metal rock band from Los Angeles are renowned for their visual shows and have won three Grammy awards since the band formed back in the 1980s. Now, after a hiatus, they’re back in Vancouver.
  • When: Thursday, June 15
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $75-$125

Tarrus Riley

  • What: Tarrus Riley is among the leading ambassadors of modern day Reggae Music in Jamaica; his commanding vocals, intuitive lyrics and vibrant personality have combined to create a formidable artiste with authentic credentials in Reggae music.
  • When: Thursday, June 15
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9:15 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $32.50

Bonnie Raitt

  • What: Bluesy singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt returns to Vancouver in her first extended tour of Canada in more than 10 years, following the release of her Grammy-nominated 20th album Dig In Deep.
  • When: Monday, June 19
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $49.50-$99.50

Seu Jorge presents A Life Aquatic

  • What: You might know Brazilian singer/songwriter Seu Jorge best for his role in the film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as a guitarist member of a sea expedition crew, singing the songs of David Bowie. Well, now you can relive it in person.
  • When: Thursday, June 22
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $59-$76

Antibalas

  • What: Conceived in Mexico City and born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, Antibalas is rooted in Afrobeat. Their live shows are the stuff of legend—hot, sweaty, dance marathons set to a tight, infectious groove.
  • When: Friday, June 23
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $63

Jurassic 5

  • What: Part of the new underground rap of the late 90s, this legendary American alternative hip-hop group had a huge hit with Concrete Schoolyard and released four albums before splitting in 2007. Now they’re back to bring on the beats once more.
  • When: Friday June 23 and Saturday, June 24,
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $45

Tommy Emmanuel

  • What: This Australian guitar master and multiple-Grammy nominee draws out the full emotional range and power of his instrument in his blues and folk compositions, pulling inspiration from perfect imperfections and intrepid improvisations.
  • When: Sunday, June 25
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $55-$60

Ziggy Marley

  • What: Pop/reggae superstar Ziggy Marley just took home another Grammy—his eighth—for his sublime new self-titled recording. Thirteen albums into his legendary career, his uplifting message of hope in the face of adversity is stronger than ever.
  • When: Monday, June 26
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $71-$76

Bokante

  • What: Newly formed Bokanté is the brainchild of Snarky Puppy founder Michael League, bringing together eight musicians from four continents to create a diverse ensemble rich in groove, melody and soul.
  • When: Tuesday, June 27
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $45-$50

Ryan Adams

  • What: Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ryan Adams returns to Vancouver in support of his 15th studio album, Prisoner, a direct transmission from the singer-songwriter’s psyche and soul, right down to the album artwork painted by Adams himself.
  • When: Tuesday, June 27
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $35-59.50

Branford Marsalis

  • What: NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. He’ll be performing in Vancouver with the VSO and his longtime quartet pianist Joey Calderazzo.
  • When: Wednesday, June 28
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On VSO, $61-$86

Thievery Corporation

  • What: Thievery Corporation virtually defines an entire sub-genre of electronic music, selling millions of albums, and collaborating with such luminaries as David Byrne, The Flaming Lips, Femi Kuti, and Bebel Gilberto.
  • When: Thursday, June 29
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $95-$110

Queen + Adam Lambert

  • What: The British rockers and American singer are back together for another collaboration tour, bringing Queen favourites like “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Under Pressure” to Vancouver once more.
  • When: Sunday, July 2
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $49.50-$190

Tiger Army and Murder by Death

  • What: Southern Cal punksters Tiger Army have been honing their psychobilly twists since 1995, meanwhile Indiana-based Murder by Death have been sharing their ominous rock sounds since 2001.
  • When: Monday, July 3
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $35

Daniel Lanois

  • What: Daniel Lanois is one of the finest sonic experimenters of recent years, and is on tour in support of his album Goodbye To Language, constructed entirely from the sounds of the pedal steel guitar and a sense of sonic futurism.
  • When: Wednesday, July 5
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $29.50

Khalid

  • What: This up and coming American singer and songwriter from El Paso, Texas, inspired by Frank Ocean, and Chance The Rapper, is best known for his debut single Location.
  • When: Thursday, July 13
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $39.50

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows

  • What: These two bands have joined musical forces to launch the A Brief History of Everything tour across North America. If you’re hoping to relive the story of “Mr. Jones,” or remember just how lonely “3 am” can get, this is the gig for you.
  • When: Sunday, July 16
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39–$115

J. Cole

  • When: Tuesday, July 18
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm / Show at 8 pm
  •  Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: on Ticketmaster, $29.50-$149.50

The Psychedelic Furs

  • What: Born out of the post-punk UK rock scene in 1977, the Furs quickly developed as one of the premiere bands on US College and Modern Rock radio scoring a multitude of #1 singles. Now they’re back to bring you even more alternative rock.
  • When: Wednesday, July 19
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39.50

Jack Johnson

  • What: This American singer-songwriter is known for his easygoing acoustic tunes and his hit debut album Brushfire Fairytales. Since then, Johnson has released a slew of hits including “Better Together,” “Upside Down” and “Banana Pancakes.”
  • When: Sunday, July 23
  • Time: Doors at 5 pm/ Show at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park– 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $59.50

Neil Diamond

  • What: Get ready to sing some “Sweet Caroline.” Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Member, Neil Diamond, will be stopping by on his “50 Year Anniversary World Tour.”
  • When: Monday, July 24
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39.50-$199.50

Bob Dylan

  • What: Largely regarded as the “Voice of a Generation,” legendary singer-songwriter Dylan is famed for folk hits like “A Rolling Stone” , “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.”
  • When: Tuesday, July 25
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $46.50-$112

Bruno Mars

  • What: Grammy award winner Bruno Mars is on a world tour in support of his new album 24K Magic, offering his usual classic showmanship in the vein of James Brown and Michael Jackson, with a tightly choreographed nine-piece soul band.
  • When: Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40-$195

Ed Sheeran

  • What: The hugely popular 26-year-old British singer-songwriter is touring North America and he’s making a stop in Vancouver this summer to… sing!
  • When: Friday, July 28
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $46.50-$116.50

Chase Rice

  • What: A former linebacker and a one-time NASCAR pit crew member, Chase Rice’s entry into country music was no wild card and his relentless touring has earned him an impressive following of country music fans.
  • When: Friday, July 28
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $45

Lady Gaga

  • What: Hot on the heels of her once-in-a-lifetime Super Bowl performance, Grammy and Golden Globe winner, and Academy Award nominated Lady Gaga is kicking off her Joanne World Tour in Vancouver.
  • When: Tuesday, August 1
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $45-$250

Kendrick Lamar

  • What: Ever since the release of DAMN., Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album, hip-hop fans have been going nuts for Kung Fu Kenny, AKA K-Dot. DAMN. has solidified the Compton rapper as the king of hip-hop today, and he’s coming to Vancouver.
  • When: Wednesday, August 2
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $70-$215

Echo and the Bunnymen and Violent Femmes

  • What: If you’re itching for more 80s in your life, then this is the concert for you. Echo and The Bunnymen and Violent Femmes are touring North America and they’re stopping in at Vancouver to bring you that Blister In The Sun.
  • When: Thursday, August 3
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Where: PNE Ampitheatre – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $55

Rodriguez

  • What: You might remember Rodriguez from the film Searching for Sugar Man, which discovered the US singer-songwriter had no idea he was a huge hit in South Africa, and had faded into obscurity. Well, now he’s back and it’s just as sweet as ever.
  • When: Saturday, August 5
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $115

The Decemberists

  • What: The Decemberists, known for their narrative lyrics and distinct, folk-tinged sound, are touring in support of their new release What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.
  • When: Tuesday, August 8
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $35-$42.50

Royal Blood

  • What: One of the most entertaining, high-octane live shows in rock music. Royal Blood is a duo, but the massive wall of sound they create in concert is the stuff of arena glory, all bluesy wail, blaring guitars and crashing cymbals.
  • When: Tuesday, August 8
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $31.75

Bryan Ferry

  • What: Since the 1970s, Bryan Ferry has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative artists to emerge in popular music. He continues to break new ground.
  • When: Sunday, August 13
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $45-$125

Metallica

  • What: Metal heads everywhere know nothing compares to the hardcore intensity of seeing Metallica tear through monumental epics like “Enter Sandman”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, and “Master of Puppets” in concert.
  • When: Monday, August 14
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $55-$183

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys

  • What: American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys have made a career out of celebrating their Irish heritage through anthemic punk songs, and they’re coming to Vancouver with fellow rockers Rancid, to get you all jumping.
  • When: Tuesday, August 15
  • Time: 4:30 pm
  • Where: UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre–6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40-$60

Sylvan Esso

  • What: This electro pop duo features singer Amelia Meath, who fist pumps on stage as her gorgeous voice roams free, and producer Nick Sanborn, who’s all smiles and sweet intensity as he demonstrates his wizardry behind a laptop.
  • When: Tuesday, August 15
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $30

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • What: As pioneers of heartland rock in the late-70s, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers treating fans to their classic songs about working class issues and everyday American life with a passion and flair that belie their years.
  • When: Thursday, August 17
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40-$175

Zac Brown Band

  • What: Three-time Grammy award winners and multi-platinum American Country music artists Zac Brown Band are touring their latest album, Welcome Home.
  • When: Friday, August 18
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $43.75-$95.25

OneRepublic

  • What: Start “Counting Stars” and get ready for the “Good Life”. Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated quintet, OneRepublic announced today they will tour North America this summer, and that tour will include a stop in Vancouver.
  • When: Monday, August 21
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $25-$145

Descendents

  • What: For the better part of this band’s four-decade career, they’ve been the gold standard for puerility in pop-punk. But what do you expect from a band that pledged “Thou shalt not commit adulthood”?
  • When: Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $42

Die Antwoord

  • What: South-African rap-rave group Die Antwoord (Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek ) are hitting up Vancouver this summer as part of their ‘Love Drug’ world tour. Expect madness.
  • When: Sunday, August 27
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre–6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $32.50-$49.50

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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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