Nichole Pulgar, Entertainment Editor
The Summer of 2015 was definitely an action packed season as the pop music world made Vancouver its main stage for back-to-back concerts that attracted thousands of fans. Artists lit up the streets and performed their smash hits all Summer long. Vancouver got incredibly loud, rowdy and was definitely ready to party.
Ed Sheeran kicked off the summer on June 22nd at Rogers Arena with supporting British band Rixton. Vancouverites swooned over Sheeran’s mesmerizing vocals and the artist managed to bring the crowd to their feet with only a guitar and microphone at hand.
One Direction, now with only four members, sold out the BC Place stage to an overwhelming crowd of 59 000. Opening for them was the electro-pop duo Icona Pop, who hyped up the crowd with their top dance hits. The boys’ interaction with fans was charming as usual. Although, the departure of Zayn Malik earlier this year stunned everyone, the drama wasn’t on anyone’s mind as the remaining members of the boy band amazed the crowd.
The 5 Seconds of Summer boys (also known as 5SOS) hit Rogers Arena for their first worldwide headlining tour. The pop-rock band brought their exuberant fans to cloud nine with a fun dance-worthy set list. Opening their show was Hey Violet whose music is respectively similar to 5SOS. The 4 Aussies rocked out on stage with their instruments, proving that modern music is not all synthesized pop.
What better way to celebrate a busy work day than going to an Imagine Dragons concert? The rock band took Rogers Arena by storm. The band had two opening acts: Metric and upcoming alternative artist, Halsey. Both acts warmed up the stage, getting the entire arena rallied up as the main event ensued. Hits from their second album, Smoke and Mirrors, got the crowd dancing and the concert ended with a bang.
A full stadium definitely did not scare Taylor Swift when she performed at BC Place to a whopping sold out show. The A-list artist had Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes accompany her on her stadium tour. T. Swift illuminated August 1st as she brought her newly transitioned pop album, 1989, to her Vancouver fans. Also adding to her arsenal were Nico & Vinz who sang the radio hit “Am I Wrong” along with Swift herself to keep the crowd buzzing.
As summer wraps up and school inches closer, we will never forget the incredible lineup of music that these artists blessed Vancouver with. The music filled everyone with the utmost bliss, almost as if the concerts created a safe haven for the fans. Another summer awaits with even more amusement and (hopefully!) an abundance of concerts to roll into town.