The Fair at the PNE announces their full 2021 summer concert lineup

Aug 6 2021, 6:19 pm

After some uncertainty due to the pandemic, the Fair at the PNE is indeed opening later this month, and they’ve announced their full concert lineup for the event.

Opening on August 21, this year is the 111th time that the PNE has opened its gates to the public.

If you’ve been craving some live music, this year’s fair brings a vibrant mix of genres and sounds, offering something for all musical appetites.

While many will be excited about seeing the PNE and live music again, PNE President and CEO Shelley Frost says some adjustments have been made in accordance with public health restrictions.

“We will definitely be having live music; it will just look a little different this year. We will not have large, seated concerts in the usual Amphitheatre, but we will have a concert stage in the Revel District with music from local BC Artists throughout the day for all guests to enjoy at no cost,” she said in a statement.

Here’s the full list of bands that will be performing:

R&B Allstars

Featuring a 10-piece band, the R&B Allstars are celebrating their 41st anniversary on the Vancouver music scene.

DATES: August 21, 22, 24 at 7:45, 8:45 and 10 pm

Groove & Tonic

Also featuring some R&B, with a dash of Disco, Funk, Rock, and Pop, Groove & Tonic play a mix of old school and contemporary music.

DATES: August 25, 26, 27 at 7:45, 8:45 and 10 pm

Dr. Strangelove

Also known as Vancouver’s house-band, Dr. Srangelove spent 14 years at The Roxy, so you know it’ll be a good time. They cover songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra and ACDC.

DATES: August 28, 29, 31 at 7:45, 8:45 and 10 pm

The Motown Show featuring Hitsville Band

Featuring a sharp wardrobe, polished style, and the warm, soulful sounds of Motown, this show will take you back.

DATES: September 1, 2, 3 at 7:45, 8:45, and 10 pm


Soulstream plays music hits you know and love across multiple genres, including funky jazz, Latin, big band, and more.

DATES: September 4, 5, 6 at 7:45, 8:45, and 10 pm

Bobby Bruce’s Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band

Nearly Neil has been a PNE regular over the past 20+ years and is a fan favourite.

DATES: August 21, 22, 24, 25 at 1:30 and 2:30 pm

ABRA Cadabra – A tribute to the Music of ABBA

Who doesn’t love ABBA? ABRA Cadabra has been touring for almost two decades, celebrating the music of ABBA.

DATES: August 26, 27, 28, 29 at 1:30 and 2:30 pm

The Paperboys

Featuring Celtic and bluegrass, Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, Canadian roots, The Paperboys are a Juno award winning band that can practically do it all.

DATES: August 31, September 1, 2 at 1:30 & 2:30 pm

March Hare Band Beach Party

The perfect band for the summer, the PNE describes them as an upbeat, high-energy, fun-time show.

DATES: September 3, 4, 5, 6 at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

The fair operates between 11 am and 11 pm from August 21 to September 6, closed on August 23 and 30.

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