This has been another great year for concerts in Vancouver. It was only a few years ago that most acts would bypass our fair city, especially when it came to rappers, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Here are just some of the great concerts that rolled through Metro Vancouver.
Rogers Arena, January 11
Lady Gaga kicked off her Born This Way Ball Tour in Vancouver. In case you missed it, she’s coming back to Vancouver in May 2014 for a new tour!
New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boys II Men
Rogers Arena, February 18
Because one of the former hottest groups wasn’t enough, these three came together for The Package Tour.
Rogers Arena, March 8
The fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning beauty brought Miguel to Vancouver and rocked the night.
Rogers Arena, March 9
Rogers Arena, April 1
Despite being late, Rihanna didn’t didn’t disappoint. Bonus for having A$AP Rocky as her opener. This concert was a rap and R&B fan’s dream.
Vogue Theatre, April 15 and 16
Prince was in town for two nights and four shows. Although he didn’t play the pop hits many fans might have expected, he played some of his older stuff, some of his newer stuff and had the crowd on its feet, listening to every chord.
Mumford and Sons
Holland Park, Surrey, May 24
The one time you’ll see people from Gastown, Mount Pleasant, Kits and Commercial make the 30 minute skytrain ride to Surrey. It only took one of the biggest bands in the world to get people there, and they weren’t disappointed.
Rogers Arena, July 27
One Direction hit Vancouver for a night of screaming 1Directioner fans who even tried to find them at their hotel before the concert.
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake
BC Place Stadium, July 31
Image: Rishad Daroo Photography
In what many called the best concert of the year, Jay Z and JT delivered a smooth, near flawless performance to a sold out BC Place stadium. They truly were Legends of Summer. Only thing missing was Jay Z performing f—withmeyouknowigotit.
Squamish Fest 2013
August 8 to 10
Arguably one of the best festivals in Vancouver, this year’s Squamish Fest took a leap forward into solidifying it’s attempt to become a must see festival.
PNE Coliseum, November 2
A flight delay led to the cancelation of Tiesto’s Doom’s Night performance. However, the Dutch DJ, vowed to make it up to his fans in Vancouver and he did so by performing a three-hour exclusive set.
Fortune Sound, November 11
A$AP Ferg brought his Turnt x Burnt Tour to Vancouver and the crowd loved every minute of it. He may not have a long catalogue of hits, but just enough to deliver a high octane performance.
Rogers Arena, November 28
After postponing his tour, Drake finally hit Vancouver and the crowd loved every moment of it.
Rogers Arena, November 30
Queen B had the crowd at Rogers Arena dancing all night long. Multiple costume changes, sexiness and a slew of hits, makes for one helluva concert.
Vogue Theatre, December 1
Two back-to-back performances full of high energy, crowd pleasing hits. The Arctic Monkey’s left it all out on the stage and had the crowd begging for more.
Feature Image: Rishad Daroo Photography