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Year-End Wrap Up; 2018

That is it, another year complete. 2018 ended up being very productive in terms of shows and personal progress.

I worked through a lot of personal emotional pain regarding my father, whom passed away back in 2016. Currently, I am at peace with his departure from this world. I will forever be saddened by the loss but I no longer feel this cloud of pain hanging over me. That was a big milestone for me. I think it is important for people to be open about their pain and mental state, never hide what you are going through.

In the beginning of the year, I had planned to attend many fewer concerts but I didn’t abide by that plan. I made lots of choices to sneak off and see plenty of shows, it helped me work through that pain and in the end I am grateful for that.

The Concert Addicts brand saw growth in total visitors and total views across the main website and all social media streams. We managed to team up with several great partners to arrange coverage of their shows and even sponsor some of them with advertising deals. Things are starting to expand again and the additional demand absorbed much of my free time, in the end I had fun doing it and felt rewarded for my investment of blood, sweat, and tears.

In my annual moment of retrospect, I sat down and came up with a list of some my favourite things from this past annum.

Favourite album: The Struts – Young&Dangerous (Canada or USA)
Favourite song: Hozier ft. Mavis Staples – Nina Cried Power
Favourite new-to-me artist: Blood Red Shoes
Favourite movie: Hereditary

I took a little bit longer and came up with my top ten most loved shows of the year. It was a tough decision as there were a lot of contenders for the top, but after some deliberation these were my choices.

#10 – The Strypes @ Biltmore Cabaret

Josh McClorey of The Strypes performing at The Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, BC on April 4th 2018

#9 – The Longshot @ Rickshaw Theatre

Billie Joe Armstrong of The Longshot performing at Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC on June 13th 2018, by Jamie Taylor

#8 – The Glorious Son @ Commodore Ballroom

Canadian rock badn The Glorious Sons performing at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on November 3rd 2018

#7 – Portugal. the Man @ Deer Lake Park

Singer John Gourley of Portugal. The Man performing at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, BC on September 1st, 2018

#6 – Arctic Monkeys @ Pacific Coliseum

Signer Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performing at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC on October 25th, 2018

#5 – Black Pistol Fire @ Skookum Music Festival

Musician Kevin Mckeown of Black Pistol Fire performing at Skookum Music Festival in Vancouver, BC on September 7th 2018

#4 – Foo Fighters @ Rogers Arena

Musician Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC on September 8th, 2018

#3 – Queens Of The Stone Age @ Commodore Ballroom

Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age performing at The Commodore Ballroom in vancouver, BC on August 4th 2018

#2 – Jay-z & Beyoncé @ BC Place

Musicians JAY-Z and Beyoncé performing at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on October 2nd 2018 - Photo by Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGroup

#1 – Jack White @ Rogers Arena

Musician Jack White performing at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Bc on August 12th, 2018 - © David James Swanson

Now that we got the top ten out of the way, we can look at things a little more holistically. In total, I saw 106 concerts and around 297 individual artists/performers/etc. Now that is a spicy meatball! Like I said it was a busy year.

Many of these shows I did not stay for the whole set. In some circumstances, I would leave after the first 3 songs, as is required for concert photographers, and then move on to a second or even third show in the same night. So, don’t look at my list and compare it to yours, because it would not be apples to apples. None the less, these were the bands/artists I was lucky enough to witness.

Big BoiJan 09Commodore Ballroom
The Cool KidsJan 09Commodore Ballroom
Def3Jan 09Commodore Ballroom
K. FlayJan 21Commodore Ballroom
Sir SlyJan 21Commodore Ballroom
MeshuggahJan 23Commodore Ballroom
Code OrangeJan 23Commodore Ballroom
Adam SandlerJan 24Orpheum Theatre
David SpadeJan 24Orpheum Theatre
Rob SchneiderJan 24Orpheum Theatre
Nick SwardsonJan 24Orpheum Theatre
Tyler, The CreatorJan 26Pacific Coliseum
Passion PitJan 26Commodore Ballroom
HalestormJan 27Abbotsford Centre
Stone SourJan 27Abbotsford Centre
The WombatsJan 30Venue
Future FeatsJan 30Venue
Sleeping With SirensFeb 06The Vogue Theatre
Set It OffFeb 06The Vogue Theatre
The Gospel YouthFeb 06The Vogue Theatre
Dua LipaFeb 16The Vogue Theatre
Enter ShikariFeb 16Imperial
Milk TeethFeb 16Imperial
Avenged SevenfoldFeb 17Pacific Coliseum
Gogol BordelloFeb 18Commodore Ballroom
The Lucky ChopsFeb 18Commodore Ballroom
Asking AlexandriaFeb 26The Vogue Theatre
Crown The EmpireFeb 26The Vogue Theatre
Theory Of A DeadmanFeb 26Commodore Ballroom
The Blue StonesFeb 26Commodore Ballroom
ArchitectsMar 01The Vogue Theatre
Stick To Your GunsMar 01The Vogue Theatre
Big WreckMar 01Commodore Ballroom
Jesse RoperMar 01Commodore Ballroom
PVRISMar 06The Vogue Theatre
Flint EastwoodMar 06The Vogue Theatre
SantanaMar 07Abbotsford Centre
Run The JewelsMar 08Rogers Arena
Tove StyrkeMar 08Rogers Arena
Jay ChandrasekharMar 10The Vogue Theatre
Kevin HeffernanMar 10The Vogue Theatre
Steve LemmeMar 10The Vogue Theatre
COINMar 13Biltmore Cabaret
The AcesMar 13Biltmore Cabaret
Steel PantherMar 15Commodore Ballroom
The WildMar 15Commodore Ballroom
Andy GrammerMar 21The Vogue Theatre
James TWMar 21The Vogue Theatre
AmineMar 27Venue
OdieMar 27Venue
Lucy DacusMar 27Biltmore Cabaret
And The KidsMar 27Biltmore Cabaret
Adult MomMar 27Biltmore Cabaret
Beth DittoMar 28Imperial
SsionMar 28Imperial
Our Lady PeaceMar 31Abbotsford Centre
Matthew GoodMar 31Abbotsford Centre
EllevatorMar 31Abbotsford Centre
The DarknessApr 04The Vogue Theatre
Diarrhea PlanetApr 04The Vogue Theatre
The StrypesApr 04Biltmore Cabaret
AlvvaysApr 04Commodore Ballroom
ShinedownApr 06Abbotsford Centre
In This MomentApr 06Abbotsford Centre
One Bad SonApr 06Abbotsford Centre
10 YearsApr 06Abbotsford Centre
Jonathan DavisApr 09Commodore Ballroom
PalisadesApr 09Commodore Ballroom
The NeighbourhoodApr 10The Vogue Theatre
HealthApr 10The Vogue Theatre
Field MedicApr 10The Vogue Theatre
Jaden SmithApr 10Imperial
Geoff BernerApr 11The Vogue Theatre
Joseph Gordon-LevittApr 11The Vogue Theatre
Riz AhmedApr 11The Vogue Theatre
LadamaApr 11The Vogue Theatre
Sarah KayApr 11The Vogue Theatre
Joshua RomanApr 11The Vogue Theatre
jaron lanierApr 11The Vogue Theatre
maria popovaApr 11The Vogue Theatre
adam fossApr 11The Vogue Theatre
sarah parcakApr 11The Vogue Theatre
neil gaimanApr 11The Vogue Theatre
mike posnerApr 11The Vogue Theatre
lili haydnApr 11The Vogue Theatre
Emily nagoskiApr 11The Vogue Theatre
Adam SavageApr 11The Vogue Theatre
Amanda PalmerApr 11The Vogue Theatre
Hayley KiyokoApr 18The Vogue Theatre
I M U RApr 18The Vogue Theatre
The FratellisApr 26Commodore Ballroom
Blood Red ShoesApr 26Commodore Ballroom
Wild ChildApr 26The Fox Cabaret
Flatbush ZombiesApr 27The Vogue Theatre
Kirk KnightApr 27The Vogue Theatre
Nyck CautionApr 27The Vogue Theatre
Bishop BriggsApr 27Commodore Ballroom
YoungbloodApr 27Commodore Ballroom
Unknown Mortal OrchestraMay 08Commodore Ballroom
MakenessMay 08Commodore Ballroom
X AmbassadorsMay 08Orpheum Theatre
Jacob BanksMay 08Orpheum Theatre
EaglesMay 10Rogers Arena
JD & The Straight ShotMay 10Rogers Arena
SlayerMay 16Pacific Coliseum
AnthraxMay 16Pacific Coliseum
Lamb Of GodMay 16Pacific Coliseum
BehemothMay 16Pacific Coliseum
TestamentMay 16Pacific Coliseum
The Brian Jonestown MassacreMay 21The Vogue Theatre
Ghost MeatMay 21The Vogue Theatre
HindsMay 21Biltmore Cabaret
Goodbye HonoluluMay 21Biltmore Cabaret
Fever RayMay 22The Vogue Theatre
Bunny MichaelMay 22The Vogue Theatre
Sofi TukkerMay 22Commodore Ballroom
Kah-loMay 22Commodore Ballroom
LP GiobbiMay 22Commodore Ballroom
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardJun 05Malkin Bowl
Amyl and The SniffersJun 05Malkin Bowl
Bhad BhabieJun 05Venue
Bryan AdamsJun 06Rogers Arena
The LongshotJun 13Rickshaw Theatre
Frankie and the StudsJun 13Rickshaw Theatre
KaleoJun 23PNE Amphitheatre
Dan ManganJun 23PNE Amphitheatre
John Butler TrioJun 27Orpheum Theatre
GomezJun 27Commodore Ballroom
Jon BryantJun 27Commodore Ballroom
Macy GrayJun 28Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Belle and SebastienJun 28The Vogue Theatre
Japanese BreakfastJun 28The Vogue Theatre
Collective SoulJun 28Commodore Ballroom
Robert PlantJun 29Queen Elizabeth Theatre
FutureJul 07Holland Park
A$AP FergJul 07Holland Park
London On Da TrackJul 07Holland Park
TailsJul 07Holland Park
KaskadeJul 07Holland Park
NoodlesJul 07Holland Park
Harry StylesJul 07Rogers Arena
BrockhamptonJul 08Holland Park
KehlaniJul 08Holland Park
Lil SkiesJul 08Holland Park
BazziJul 08Holland Park
Duke DumontJul 08Holland Park
Kina GrannisJul 17Commodore Ballroom
Imaginary FutureJul 17Commodore Ballroom
Suicidal TendenciesJul 17The Vogue Theatre
HavokJul 17The Vogue Theatre
Keys N KratesJul 29Center Of Gravity
Juicy JJul 29Center Of Gravity
Wu-Tang ClanJul 29Center Of Gravity
CappadonnaJul 29Center Of Gravity
DJ MathematicsJul 29Center Of Gravity
Ghostface KillahJul 29Center Of Gravity
GZAJul 29Center Of Gravity
Inspectah DeckJul 29Center Of Gravity
Masta KillaJul 29Center Of Gravity
RaekwonJul 29Center Of Gravity
RZAJul 29Center Of Gravity
U-GodJul 29Center Of Gravity
Method ManJul 29Center Of Gravity
Queens of The Stone AgeAug 04Commodore Ballroom
Eagles Of Death MetalAug 04Commodore Ballroom
Panic! At The DiscoAug 11Rogers Arena
Hayley KiyokoAug 11Rogers Arena
Jack WhiteAug 12Rogers Arena
Olivia JeanAug 12Rogers Arena
Alice CooperAug 20Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Vince StaplesAug 24Westminster Pier Park
Sabrina ClaudioAug 24Westminster Pier Park
Manilla GreyAug 24Westminster Pier Park
LNDN DRGSAug 24Westminster Pier Park
Anderson .paakAug 25Westminster Pier Park
Alina BarazAug 25Westminster Pier Park
SonrealAug 25Westminster Pier Park
Rico NastyAug 25Westminster Pier Park
Kandy KAug 25Westminster Pier Park
AndersAug 25Westminster Pier Park
The CultAug 28Abbotsford Centre
Stone Temple PilotsAug 28Abbotsford Centre
BushAug 28Abbotsford Centre
Portugal. the ManSep 01Deer Lake Park
Broken Social SceneSep 01Deer Lake Park
YoungbloodSep 01Deer Lake Park
PhoenixSep 03Commodore Ballroom
Little DestroyerSep 07Brockton Point
Matt MaysSep 07Brockton Point
Dear RougeSep 07Brockton Point
ChromeoSep 07Brockton Point
Black Pistol FireSep 07Brockton Point
ArkellsSep 07Brockton Point
X AmbassadorsSep 08Brockton Point
Rodrigo y GabrielaSep 08Brockton Point
Milky ChanceSep 08Brockton Point
Matt AndersenSep 08Brockton Point
St. VincentSep 08Brockton Point
MetricSep 08Brockton Point
Florence + The MachineSep 08Brockton Point
Foo FightersSep 08Rogers Arena
The Joy FormidableSep 08Rogers Arena
Cold War KidsSep 09Brockton Point
Yukon BlondeSep 09Brockton Point
Greta Van FleetSep 09Brockton Point
Mother MotherSep 09Brockton Point
BahamasSep 09Brockton Point
Buffy Sainte-MarieSep 09Brockton Point
Father John MistySep 09Brockton Point
Leon BridgesSep 16PNE Amphitheatre
KhruangbinSep 16PNE Amphitheatre
Rise AgainstSep 23PNE Forum
AFISep 23PNE Forum
Anti-flagSep 23PNE Forum
WWE LiveSep 30Abbotsford Centre
Def LeppardOct 01Rogers Arena
JourneyOct 01Rogers Arena
Gary NumanOct 01The Vogue Theatre
Nightmare AirOct 01The Vogue Theatre
Jay-zOct 02BC Place
BeyonceOct 02BC Place
Chloe x HalleOct 02BC Place
ClutchOct 08Commodore Ballroom
SevendustOct 08Commodore Ballroom
Tyler Bryant & The ShakedownOct 08Commodore Ballroom
Luke BryanOct 13BC Place
Sam HuntOct 13BC Place
Jon PardiOct 13BC Place
Carly PearceOct 13BC Place
Noah CyrusOct 23Venue
Maty NoyesOct 23Venue
Arctic MonkeysOct 25Pacific Coliseum
Ty SegallOct 25Biltmore Cabaret
The Glorious SonsNov 03Commodore Ballroom
The BeachesNov 03Commodore Ballroom
Tank and the BangasNov 05Commodore Ballroom
Big FreediaNov 05Commodore Ballroom
Naughty ProfessorNov 05Commodore Ballroom
98 DegreesNov 06The Vogue Theatre
Bend SinisterNov 06Commodore Ballroom
ReignwolfNov 06Commodore Ballroom
Troye SivanNov 08Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Kim PetrasNov 08Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Carlie HansonNov 08Queen Elizabeth Theatre
WavvesNov 16The Vogue Theatre
The GardenNov 16The Vogue Theatre
Shy GuysNov 16The Vogue Theatre
BehemothNov 19Commodore Ballroom
At The GatesNov 19Commodore Ballroom
Wolves in the Throne RoomNov 19Commodore Ballroom
Jorja SmithNov 20Orpheum Theatre
Ravyn LenaeNov 20Orpheum Theatre
Aimee SongNov 22Rogers Arena
Anna CathcartNov 22Rogers Arena
Asalah YoussefNov 22Rogers Arena
Craig KielburgerNov 22Rogers Arena
Daniel SedinNov 22Rogers Arena
Drew ScottNov 22Rogers Arena
Elaine LeungNov 22Rogers Arena
Esera TuaoloNov 22Rogers Arena
Grace DoveNov 22Rogers Arena
Henrik SedinNov 22Rogers Arena
JrdnNov 22Rogers Arena
Karina LeblancNov 22Rogers Arena
Keshia ChantéNov 22Rogers Arena
LaurdiyNov 22Rogers Arena
LightsNov 22Rogers Arena
Liz TrinnearNov 22Rogers Arena
Marc KielburgerNov 22Rogers Arena
Margaret TrudeauNov 22Rogers Arena
Millie DavisNov 22Rogers Arena
Noor FadelNov 22Rogers Arena
Peter MansbridgeNov 22Rogers Arena
Ryan HickmanNov 22Rogers Arena
Shawn HookNov 22Rogers Arena
Shilpa NarayanNov 22Rogers Arena
SonrealNov 22Rogers Arena
Spencer WestNov 22Rogers Arena
Tai YoungNov 22Rogers Arena
Tyrone EdwardsNov 22Rogers Arena
WaliNov 22Rogers Arena
6lackNov 29Harbour Event Centre
Deante HitchcockNov 29Harbour Event Centre
Pale WavesDec 01Venue
Kailee MorgueDec 01Venue
The CandescentsDec 01Venue
Joe BonamassaDec 01Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Elvis CostelloDec 04Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Black Pistol FireDec 06Commodore Ballroom
HolleradoDec 06Commodore Ballroom
Three Days GraceDec 14Abbotsford Centre
Nothing MoreDec 14Abbotsford Centre
Bad WolvesDec 14Abbotsford Centre
AmineDec 18The Vogue Theatre
BuddyDec 18The Vogue Theatre
Kayo GenesisDec 18The Vogue Theatre
Cheap TrickDec 28Molson Canadian Theatre

I managed to capture a lot of those bands in photograph, my most notable favourites to shoot include The Glorious Sons, Jorja Smith, Greta Van Fleet, The Longshot, Nothing More, Slayer, In This Moment, Foo Fighters, and Florence + the Machine.

Combing through my photo archive I managed to pick my top fifty favourite photos of 2018.

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

So, that is it. 2018 is over and we ring in the New Year tonight.

2019 looks to be the year of the farewell tour again with artists like KISS and Elton John and others planning “goodbye tours”. Take those words with a grain of salt, as we all know sometimes that is just wishful thinking or even a marketing ploy by the bands camp.

Thank you to everyone that followed, liked, retweeted, read, shared, or in anyway interacted with our content. I am forever appreciative of your open hearts and the love you show.

Thank you to every contributor that took time out of their day to create impressive and unique content for the masses. You are all truly amazing and I really need to take more time to tell you that more often.

Thank you all for a fabulous 2018. Now lets take on 2019 with open eyes and open hearts.

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