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20 concerts in Vancouver to check out this August

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Daniel Chai Jul 31, 2017 3:03 am 3,326

Singalongs, dance breaks and nights out with friends! A concert in Vancouver is a great way to spend your August. From pop anthems to Japanese rock, Country to R&B, here are 20 concerts to check out around Vancouver.

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

Lady Gaga

  • What: 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

Temples

  • What: Temples is a four-piece mid-Sixties psych rock group from Kettering, England. They were formed as a home studio project in 2012 by singer/guitarist James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley, but the four self-produced tunes they uploaded to YouTube caught the attention of Heavenly Recordings founder Jeff Barrett. The group is on tour to support their latest release “Volcano”.
  • When: Wednesday, August 9
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Travis James with Portraits of Us and Emily Baran

  • What: Travis James is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. He recently released his sophomore EP “Timeless As The Moon”, and is going on his first Canadian tour this summer. He begins in Vancouver and will end up in Ottawa, playing in 30 different cities along the way.
  • When: Friday, August 11
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5-$10

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

The Orb with special guests Hubbz

  • What: Long-running UK electronic group, originally formed by Jimmy Cauty (of The KLF) and Alex Paterson in 1988, that grew out of a love of ambient music and dub, soundscapes and science fiction.
  • When: Wednesday, August 16
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $19-$25

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

One OK Rock

  • What: One OK Rock has rapidly become one of the most popular Japanese rock bands due to its hugely successful concerts such as Nippon Budokan Live in 2010, Yokohama Stadium Live in 2014, and The Arena Tour in 2013 and 2015. The band topped the charts in Japan with its latest (and 7th) album, “35xxxv.”
  • When: Saturday, August 19
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$150

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

Five For Fighting with String Quartet

  • What: Five for Fighting burst on the scene some 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” and has been a mainstay on mainstream radio ever since. In his career, Ondrasik has sold over 2.5 million albums including 2004’s Battle for Everything, which spawned the 2X platinum 100 Years. He has also written tunes for everyone from Josh Groban to The Backstreet Boys.
  • When: Thursday, August 31
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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