The Best September 2016 Concerts in Metro Vancouver


Summer is nearly over, but live music is a hot, sweaty experience whatever the time of year. September is a great month for shows in the 604 (Which month isn’t?), and we are pretty spoilt for choice. It will also be a nostalgia-heavy month for a lot of people, with shows from Blink-182, Millencolin and more ’90s/’00s favourites. If you prefer to focus on the now, no problem. There are also some great shows from up-and-comers.

Before we get into the list itself, a disclaimer, music is a deeply personal thing, so this list is in no way meant to be objective or exhaustive. Instead, it contains the shows that stood out to me this month, for various reasons.

September 1 to 5

Summer Night ConcertsPNE Amiptheatre

Nightly shows at 8:30pm are free with PNE admission. Dru Hill with Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz & Tao on Sept 1; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on Sept 2, Tim Hicks on Sept 3; The Monkees on Sept 4; and Chris Isaak on Sept 5

Atomic BitchwaxThe Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver

One of the early stoner rock bands. Although the sound is associated with California, these guys are from New Jersey. What to expect: Bass-heavy riffs and a retro sound.

September 2 to 4

Bumbershoot 2016 – Seattle Centre

Drive down to the annual Seattle Festival for a music line-up that includes, Tyler The Creator, G-Eazy, Death Cab for Cutie, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fetty Wap and Billy Idol.

September 7

Jake Bugg Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver

British indie folker with lyrical sensibilities akin to early Arctic Monkeys. You may have heard ‘Lightning Bolt’ or ‘Trouble Town’. What to expect: Up-tempo, catchy choruses.

September 8

Back to School Bash – Commodore Ballroom

Virgin Radio is ending summer with a bang at their Back to School Bash featuring a Canadian music line-up: MAGIC!, Shawn Hook, Alex Veliz and Jocelyn Alice.

September 10

Monolord The Astoria, 769 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Swedish doom metal. Enough said. What to expect: Long hair and dirty denim.


Death Valley GirlsThe Cobalt, 917 Main Street, Vancouver

Three girls and a dude playing classic rock and roll. What to expect: A bit like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but less artsy.

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Keith UrbanRogers Arena

Country superstar with guests Dallas Smith and Maren Morris drop into Vancouver on the Ripcord World Tour.

September 12

Action Bronson – Commodore Ballroom

Action Bronson with guest Meyhem Lauren drop some beats.

September 14

Atmosphere Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver

Minneapolis hip-hop duo who have been around since ’89. What to expect: Thoughtful lyrics and funky beats.

Juliette Lewis – Venue

Actor and singer Juliette Lewis hits the stage for a rockin’ time.

September 15 to 18

Rifflandia Festival – City of Victoria

Jurassic 5, Wolf Parade, De La Soul and others are featured in this year’s multi-staged and pop-up venue Rifflandia Festival in Victoria.

September 16

Bloc PartyCommodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver

One of the best examples of the mid-2000s indie rock boom, the band now veers more towards electronica. The band is back with a new line-up and a new album after a hiatus. What to expect: Jagged guitars on the old stuff and danceable drum beats on the new stuff.

September 17 to 18

Drake + Future To Bring Summer Sixteen Tour To Vancouver

Drake/FutureRogers Arena

Drake brings the 6 to Vancouver with Future, Roy Woods, DVSN and special guests for the Summer Sixteen Tour for two nights.

September 18

blink-182, The All-American Rejects, All Time Low, and A Day to Remember Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road, Abbotsford

Nostalgia fest from the pop-punk bands you listened to as a teen. What to expect: You know what to expect.

September 19

Dolly PartonRogers Arena

‘Jolene’ singer Dolly Parton brings her Pure & Simple Tour to Vancouver at the tender age of 70.

September 24

We Hunt Buffalo and Dead Quiet Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Two local bands: We Hunt Buffalo play stoner rock, Dead Quiet play metal. They are both ones to watch, especially Dead Quiet who just had a great tour with Black Wizard. What to expect: Riffs you can feel in your bones with some psychedelic elements.

September 25

St. Paul and the Broken BonesCommodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver

Perhaps best-known for their song ‘Call Me’, this soul six-piece are a guaranteed good time. What to expect: Powerful, retro vocals.


Millencolin Venue, 881 Granville Street, Vancouver

This Swedish skate-punk band offers another chance for a nostalgia trip (Especially for players of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2). What to expect: Fast guitars, fast drums and rousing lyrics.


Written by: Tom Ireland @tomvncvr and Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch

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