List: PNE Fair announces concert lineup ahead of 111th opening

People wear face masks while riding the wooden roller coaster at Playland amusement park at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver, on Sunday, August 9, 2020. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

This year's Pacific National Exhibition Fair will look a little different when it opens its gates for the 111th year, but live music will still be among the activities.

The PNE unveiled its concert lineup Thursday, ahead of its Aug. 21 opening, saying this year's focus will be local artists.

Due to COVID-19 there won't be large, seated concerts in the amphitheatre, CEO Shelley Frost said, but instead a concert stage will be set up in its "Revel District," with live music featured throughout the day.

These concerts will be free for fairgoers to attend, and seating has been described as "festival style."

Here's the 2021 lineup:

  • R&B Allstars
  • Groove & Tonic
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • The Motown Show featuring the Hitsville Band
  • Soulstream
  • Bobby Bruce's Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band
  • ABRA Cadabra – A Tribute to the Music of ABBA
  • The Paperboys
  • March Hare Band Beach Party

Tickets to the fair, which runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 6, are $15 for adults, and $12 for kids and seniors. While entry is free for kids five and under, parents or guardians must still reserve free tickets.

All tickets need to be purchased in advance for a specific day.