The Jacksons To Headline 2013 PNE in Vancouver

Photo credit: ciudaddesoul | Flickr

Photo credit: ciudaddesoul | Flickr

If you never got a chance to see Michael, this may be the next best thing.

Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Jackie – a.k.a. The Jacksons – will be headlining the entertainment lineup at this year’s PNE fair, Aug. 17-Sept. 2.

The last time the Jacksons graced a Vancouver stage was in 1984, when they still had their charismatic little brother Michael in tow.  Their catalog of hits includes hummable classics like ABC, I Want You Back and I’ll Be There.

The best part: The Jacksons show – like all the performances at the PNE – is free with the cost of admission (reduced to $16 this year).

The Jacksons share the spotlight with a $3 million lineup of big-name acts, many of which are well past their prime but still bound to draw crowds.  Rock goddess Melissa Etheridge will be featured alongside California legends The Beach Boys, ’80s English rockers Foreigner and ’70s sensation REO Speedwagon.

Other performers include country stars Dean Brody and Martina McBride, as well as folk rockers Great Big Sea and the Proclaimers and Canadian bluesman Colin James (full lineup below).

To accommodate the expected crowds, the PNE is moving the nightly shows to the WestJet Concert Stage, on the former site of the Motorsports track, according to the Vancouver Sun’s John Mackie.  The new venue has 4,500 bleacher seats (plus 700 reservable seats in front of the stage at $15-$20 each).

Aside from the music, another attraction is sure to get lots of attention at this year’s PNE – Genghis Khan: The Exhibition.  Inside Rollerland, visitors can check out authentic artifacts and weapons from the era of Khan, the infamous Mongol emperor who terrorized Eurasia with his bloody conquests during the 13th century.

The PNE is Aug. 17-Sept. 2 in Vancouver’s Hastings Park (It’s closed Monday, Aug. 19, and Monday, Aug. 26).  Admission is $16 ($14 online).

Here’s the full PNE Summer Night Concert Schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 17: Melissa Etheridge

Sunday, Aug. 18: The Jacksons

Tuesday, Aug. 20: Dean Brody

Wednesday, Aug. 21: Great Big Sea

Thursday, Aug. 22: Colin James

Friday, Aug. 23: The Beach Boys

Saturday, Aug. 24: Sam Roberts Band

Sunday, Aug. 25: Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans

Tuesday, Aug. 27: Foreigner

Wednesday, Aug. 28: The Proclaimers

Thursday, Aug. 29: Big Wreck

Friday, Aug. 30: Martina McBride

Saturday, Aug. 31: REO Speedwagon

Sunday, Sept. 1: Lights

Monday, Sept. 2: Loverboy

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One Response to The Jacksons To Headline 2013 PNE in Vancouver

  1. jay

    vancouver is a fun city. kush cup , pne, and of course, the nightlife, all this and more! dont act foolishly, dont drink n drive,etc and there is alot of fun to be had. best when only ages 19 to 91 play.
    be kind, share your toys, and most of all… play nicely, its always the most fun.