Hot-ticket stadium concerts in Vancouver to start 2015

Sure, it’s cool seeing live-music shows in intimate venues, but there’s something to be said about the collective energy of thousands of people in stadium settings. Here are the hot-ticket concerts taking place at large arenas in Vancouver during the first half of 2015. Some of the shows are already sold-out, but you can look for tickets on Kijiji.ca.

Sam Smith (Rogers Arena on February 4)
The British singer-songwriter is best known for his 2014 breakout hit, “Stay with Me” and now he’s taking his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, on tour. He’ll be playing over 15 stops across North America before he heads back to Europe to perform some more. Expect this to be an emotionally packed show with fans of all ages out to hear Smith’s powerhouse vocals live.

Fleetwood Mac: On with the Show (Rogers Arena on April 4)
Fleetwood Mac, better known as the band everybody can’t get enough of, is embarking on a 36-date North American tour this spring. This is the first tour to feature the full band, including Christine McVie, in more than 15 years. Hear hits from the band’s nearly 50-year career at this show that’s bound to be a good time.

U2 Innocence + Experience Tour (Rogers Arena on May 14 and 15)
Bono, The Edge, and the rest of Dublin-based rock band U2 are heading out on the road again, playing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade. The tour kicks off with two nights in Vancouver before continuing across North America and into Europe the latter half of the year. Of course this tour comes on the heels of the band’s latest album, Songs of Innocence, landing in everyone’s iPods in 2014, thanks to a deal with Apple.

Bette Midler (Rogers Arena on June 2)
The Divine Miss M is turning 70 years old later this year, but that’s not stopping her from heading out on tour for the first time in a decade. Expect theatrics and surprises at this show, as well as good old sing-alongs to popular hits like “Wind beneath My Wings”, “From a Distance”, and “The Rose”. Sure, this tour announcement was a bit out of the blue, but wouldn’t it be neat to get to say, “Remember that time we saw Bette Midler?” years later?

One Direction (BC Place Stadium on July 17)
The hype for this show has been building for what has felt like years. Expect to hear the shrill screams of thousands of tweens and teens when this popular British boyband finally arrives in Vancouver. In less than five years, the quintet has produced four albums of upbeat bubblegum pop mixed with falsetto-laced power ballads. Hear all the hits, including “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Story of my Life”, at this hot-ticket show.

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