30 Vancouver Concerts To Check Out In May


Summer’s just around the bend, but you don’t have to drive down to Sasquatch! Music Festival to get a taste of what the music industry has to offer. There are plenty of music concerts happening every day of the week that it can be easy to miss them, sometimes by a day.  From trance DJs to garage rock bands, there is an endless mix of music nightlife options to choose from.

Here are 30 Vancouver concerts to check out in May.

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Said The Whale – May 7

Indie rock band Said The Whale is based in Vancouver. Since placing second place in The Peak Performance in 2010, their local fan base has only grown. An evening with Said The Whale begins this Saturday at the Fox Cabaret.


Groundislava – May 7

Groundislava will be at the Biltmore to promote his latest album, Frozen Throne. Most known for his excellent 8bit record, Groundislava, back in 2011, Groundislava is an electronic musician and producer with sonic depth.


Coasts – May 8

An English rock band from Bristol with a penchant for infectious anthems, Coasts is performing at the Biltmore. Their debut album includes the hit single “Oceans”, and it is an album that’ll sure to become a radio favourite.


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Mayer Hawthorne – May 9

Mayer Hawthorne is a Grammy-nominated singer of all things soul, funk & r&B. Mayer will be live at the Imperial, bringing his throwback motown tunes to the stage.


Lucius – May 10

American pop band, Lucius, is playing the Imperial, to support their new release, Good Grief. A stylish band from Brooklyn, Lucius’s sound is fun and eclectic with songs to make you get up and dance.


The Pack A.D. – May 12-13

The Pack A.D. is a two-piece garage band that is a local favourite. They will be playing two back-to-back shows at the Cobalt. Their openers include Dead Soft, Glad Rags, Les Chaussettes and Tough Customer.


Santigold May 12

Head to the Vogue on May 12 and you’ll be able to catch singer and producer, Santigold. She’ll be performing her latest rock-pop songs to promote 99c her first album in four years.


Bif Naked – May 12

Rock star Bif Naked is putting on an intimate performance of hit songs at Venue. Did you know Bif Naked has a book out called I, Bificus? It discusses Bif Naked’s life including her secret birth in India.


Djemba Djemba w/ Ganz – May 13

UK bass/trap producer Djemba Djemba is landing in Fortune Sound Club for a late set. Djemba has released tracks on Mad Decent and has had his music supported by Diplo, Baauer and BBC Radio 1.


The Who – May 13

After postponing their Vancouver show last year, The Who is set to perform Rogers Area as part of the North American leg to their 50th Anniversary World Tour. The Who is one of the most versatile and inventive rock bands from the 1960s and 1970s. Just ask your parents.


Selena Gomez – May 14

Selena Gomez begins her world tour this Friday, starting in the US and Canada before going overseas later in the year. Luckily, Vancouver gets to see Selena at the very start since her show is happening mid-May at Rogers Arena. For those that loved the Revival record, the night will be electro-pop goodness.


Lights – May 14

If you’re into synthpop melodies similar to Owl City, Canadian singer-songwriter Lights is playing at the Vogue. In April, Lights recently released her fourth studio album, Midnight Machines.


Tommy Trash, Madeaux, A-Trak – May 14

Brooklyn imprint, Fool’s Gold, is having an all-stars tour with a rotating roster of artists. Tommy Trash, Madeaux and A-Trak are bringing their best house anthems and club hits at Celebrities for Playhouse Saturdays. If your EDM influences lean towards hip-hop, electro, and trap, this will be a night not to miss out on.


Dirtyphonics – May 14

French electronic band Dirtyphonics is playing the Red Room next Saturday evening. Dirtyphonics is a bass superhouse group that brings together different hard genres such as metal and dubstep for a sound that can’t be replicated.


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FMLYBND – May 15

Magical synths and dreamy vocals, FMLYBND is an electropop band that’s perfect for the chill-minded. Those that like their electronic bands with some whimsy, FMLYBND will be at the Biltmore Cabaret at 7:30 p.m.


Nada Surf – May 17

Venue’s hosting indie rock band Nada Surf for an early weekday show. Their latest album is titled You Know Who You Are.


Young Empires – May 19

The Toronto-based synth rock band, Young Empires, will be in Fortune Sound Club, playing songs from their debut record, The Gates. With popular singles like “Uncover Your Eyes”, this is a show for modern lovers of pop rock.


Martin Garrix, Don Diablo, Brennan Hart and Jay Hardway– May 20

Solid Events is back again with Insomnia, a one-day event that takes over the Pacific Coliseum. EDM star, Martin Garrix, is headlining the massive event. All-ages welcome.


Hedley, Carly Rae Jepsen – May 20

Originally from Abbotsford, the pop-rock band Hedley is on tour, which means you get to see Carly Rae Jepsen open for them at Rogers Arena. Carly Rae Jepsen’s last record, Emotion, received favourable critical reviews.


Louis The Child – May 20

Chances are, if you’ve played FIFA or enjoy K.Flay as a rapper, you’ve heard of the production duo, Louis The Child. Louis The Child is two teenage tastemakers who will be taking their massive remixes and playful beats to Fortune Sound Club during May Long Weekend.


Viceroy – May 21

Summertime. All the time. Viceroy is the DJ to take to the beach and on a road trip. Easy listening that makes you feel good, Viceroy will be playing Celebrities.


Buzzcocks – May 21

Can you believe it’s the 40th anniversary of the Buzzcocks? This iconic English punk band is playing The Rickshaw Theatre with opening guests, Residuels, to celebrate.


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – May 25

Seattle’s infamous hip-hop duo will be performing at the PNE Forum. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be performing songs like “White Privilege II” off their sophomore release, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.


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Mac DeMarco – May 27

Be warned. This show will bring out the teenagers. Beloved Canadian slacker, Mac DeMarco is playing an early evening outdoor concert at the Malkin Bowl. A perfect venue for woozy guitar jams and funky grooves.


Savages – May 27

Savages is a rock band based in London. They will be playing the Imperial, so expect a loud set full of intensity and range.


Chingy – May 27

Remember “Right Thurr” or “Holidae In?” Of course you do. American rapper Chingy, also known for his endorsement of Donald Trump for president, will be live in concert at the PNE.


Breakbot – May 28

French producer and DJ, Breakbot, will be playing a DJ set at Celebrities with guests Woodhead and resident DJ, WMNSTUDIES. This is a real treat for fans of the Ed Banger label. Breakbot’s sweetly sick electro tunes are still fresh in his most recent release, Still Waters.


Cedric Gervais – May 28

Grammy-award winning French DJ and producer, Cedric Gervais will be spinning house and electro at Celebrities at the end of May.


The Kills – May 31

Indie rock band The Kills will be at the Commodore Ballroom. Their latest album, Ash & Ice, is set to release June 3. Judging by the steamy single, “Doing It To Death”, The Kills is going to play quite a show.


The Cure – May 31

It’ll be just like heaven listening to The Cure perform at Deer Lake Park. This will be their first major tour of North America since 2008. The Cure will be mixing hits with unreleased tracks into their set.

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