July has always been one of the best months for concerts and festivals in Vancouver. You barely have to leave the city to experience an outdoor music festival – and we highly recommend the experience. Whether you’re a fan of dance, indie or folk, this month offers it all. In addition to our outdoor music festivities, there are some epic bands in town this month.
To help shape your musical July, here is our list of hottest indie and dance concerts in our beautiful city.
A varied mix of dance and hip hop, Blueprint and LiveNation did not disappoint with this year’s line up of fan favourites at FVDED in The Park. Taking place over two days at Holland Park, this year’s headliners include Canadians Deadmau5 and The Weeknd. Also in the line up this year are Afrojack, Flosstradamus, Excision, Danny Brown, The Chainsmokers, Borgore and the legendary Pete Tong. Grab your tickets, sunglasses, some friends and be ready for an unforgettable festival experience.
FVDED In The Park
One of the best things about summer in the city is the outdoor concerts. And this weekend, the East Van Summer Jam returns with Ab-Soul, Mayer Hawthorne, Kelela, The Boom Booms, Kinnie Starr and more. Just a hop, skip, and bike ride away, this jam is very accessible to us city folk and includes soccer tournaments, a BBQ, local vendors, and a beer garden. Don’t miss this local jam in the heart of East Van.
East Van Summer Jam
New Yorkers Tanlines are in town next week touring their latest release “Highlights.” The electro indie duo previewed their new album on a conference call back in May – yes it was a real conference call. Although they may look like major hipsters (especially with their latest video for Palace starring Girls’ Alex Karpovsky and Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne), give the album a chance. It’s full of summer hits, and their upcoming show should be filled with (hipster) dancing.
Canadian electronic music duo Project 46 are set to release their debut album ‘Beautiful’ on July 10. From Beatport top hits, to making DJ Mag’s top 100 list two years in a row, it’s hard to believe the duo is based on two different sides of the country. Having collaborated with Kaskade, Laidback Luke, Paul Oakenfold, Krewella and DubVision, and having toured the electronic festival circuit, this is a highly anticipated album and tour date. Look out for my upcoming interview with Project 46!
Project 46 ‘Beautiful’ Album Tour
The 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns with 60 music acts from over 14 countries, and across Canada. At the scenic, Jericho Beach Park, vendors, music, and a beer tent await you. Among the performers this year are locals Said the Whale, Hawksley Workman, Richard Thompson, Adam Cohen, Tampled by Turtles, Phosphorescent
and Angélique Kidjo. This year, the festival is opening its gates at 1 p.m. on Friday. Make sure you check out the Folk Fest this year, and be part of one of Vancouver’s summer traditions.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Vancouver clearly loves Shakey Graves. But it is really no surprise. Shakey Graves, or Alejandro Rose-Garcia, released his third and latest album “And the War Came” late last year – and it is incredible. From laid back bluegrass/folk songs, to upbeat guitar riffs and rock jams, Shakey Graves is bound to be one of the best shows to catch this summer. With stellar live reviews so far, and sold-out shows across North America, this Texan’s rugged good looks are just an added bonus.
One of my top albums of the summer is Jamie xx’s “In Colour.” And when Jamie xx announced his Vancouver tour date, selling out almost immediately, it was clear many Vancouverites love his album as much as I do. British producer Jamie Smith, also known for The xx, released his solo debut in May to overwhelmingly positive reviews. A mix of mellow sexy tracks, to upbeat dancefloor anthems, Jamie xx is the coolest of the cool this summer. So pick up the lingering few tickets left, because his second show will sell out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Funky electronic-rock duo Ratatat return to Vancouver this month, following a festival circuit that included Coachella and Governor’s Ball Music Festival. With their latest album “Magnifique” coming out on July 17, the setlist for the show is expected to have a good mix of faves from their past six albums and this new seventh. Check out Ratatat at the Vogue this month.