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Weekend Recap: Jersey is the Ultimate Concert Destination

This summer heat wave is pretty intense, but that certainly hasn’t stopped concert tours from passing through the #GardenState! Billboard chart-toppers seemed to be running rapid all weekend long. Leave it to #HipNJ to keep you posted in case you missed something in our weekend recap!

Friday, July 15th

Let’s first recap the weekend for those who couldn’t make it to a #NJ concert. This summer, Jersey shore water appears to be clearer than ever and it really came to the attention of many moving into this weekend. The phenomenon is influenced by the amount of rain the state gets and the strength of the wind. But don’t let yourself get hung up on the facts because this may not be ever-lasting. Go out and enjoy the aqua-green tinted water before it’s too late!

Justin Bieber returned to Jersey just two weeks after his Newark show in the current leg of the Purpose World Tour. But this time he visited Atlantic City – he wanted to see the clear shore water, too! Boardwalk Hall was lit up as the superstar performed the set list that we just never seem to get tired of.

Saturday, July 16th

Do you remember when…The Beach Boys wowed audiences decades ago? Oh, wait, they still do! The iconic rock group showed that they still have it in them on Saturday night at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove.

Keith Urban really brought the fire with him at his concert on Saturday night as part of his ripCORD World Tour. No, really, a food truck fire plagued the PNC Bank Arts Center earlier in the day. The concert went on, nevertheless. And the way fans see it, the fire was just a foreshadowing of the awesome show that he would later put on.

Sunday, July 17th

Vans Warped Tour is back this summer and it made its stop in Jersey on Sunday. This tour is the Super Bowl for rock fans. How could it not be? With appearances by top-name bands such as Good Charlotte and American Authors, what rock fan wouldn’t be rushing to get front and center?

Speaking of the Super Bowl, remember Coldplay’s awe-inspiring performance at Super Bowl 50 earlier this year? The British rock group brought that same showmanship and energy on the second of two nights at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. East Rutherford was just the first stop on the American leg of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour in support of their latest studio album of the same name.

She ran away in her sleep, and dreamed of paradise ✨ #coldplay #takemeback

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Pokemon Go and a Jeter Wedding: Weekend Recap

Just because the holiday weekend has passed doesn’t mean that #NJ isn’t, well, hip anymore! The #GardenState had nothing short of awesome things happening throughout. See what went down and who stirred things up this weekend in our weekly weekend recap.

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Earlier in the week, Pokemon Go was released on the app store. In the game, virtual Pokemon appear through the player’s smartphone camera and are to be captured and trained by the player. The fever over this new twist in the international franchise made its way to New Jersey this weekend as people of all ages indulged in this new virtual reality.

In probably the most adorable of news, the state revealed to the public that the senate recently passed a bill that requires all pet stores in New Jersey to sell only dogs that originate from animal shelters or rescues. The bill seeks to battle the issue of the abundance of puppy mills throughout the nation. Next, the bill will go to the assembly, where a debate will ensue.

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Canadian superstar Justin Bieber made his stratospheric comeback with Purpose, his latest album, after a few unfortunate clashes with the media and he’s celebrating it with the Purpose World Tour. The show hit the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday night. With singles like “Sorry” and “Love Yourself,” it’s hard not to learn to be a #Belieber again. The media loves a bad boy, right?

Saturday marked day two of the The Vampire Diaries Official Convention at the Hilton Parsippany. Fans in attendance had the opportunity to actively engage in the fictitious world of the popular show all weekend. Perhaps the most exciting and highly anticipated part of the convention was a celebrity appearance by Ian Somerhalder, one of the show’s main stars.

Ian Somerhalder!!!!!!!!! #TVDNJ ❤️❤️❤️

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While it may have been a sad day for the ladies, it was certainly a happy day for Derek Jeter as he tied the knot with girlfriend and model Hannah Davis on Saturday. Jeter, the Pequannock Township-born professional baseball shortstop, and Davis chose the small ceremony route and wed in Napa, California.

Sunday, June 10th, 2016

Old Bridge native and elite gymnast Laurie Hernandez didn’t hesitate to wow the audience and the rest of the young gymnasts watching nationwide at the gymnastics Olympic Trials in San Jose, California. In her first year as a senior gymnast, she was named to the team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Sunday night at 16 years old. She finished well ahead of many of her elders, earning herself gymnastics superstardom.

Young Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer proved that they can keep up with the other biggest boy bands in the world on Sunday. Currently in its North American leg and in support of Sounds Good Feels Good, the band’s latest album, the Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour arrived in Holmdel at none other than the PNC Bank Arts Center.

I love playing to you. Thank you for this evening Holmdel, New Jersey, we had 12,000 strong tonight xx

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Summer Concerts in New Jersey

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ has compiled a comprehensive list of concerts taking place in New Jersey this summer, from June to August. A wide variety of artists from different genres will be performing throughout Jersey, so take a look below and start planning your night of music, whether it be family night, date night, or a night out with friends!


Who: Selena Gomez
When: June 2
Where: Prudential Center


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Who: Luke Bryan
When: June 3
Where: Boardwalk Hall


Lynyrd Skynyrd
When: June 4
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: Dave Matthews Band
When: June 7
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center

Who: Dixie Chicks
When: June 8
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: The B-52’s
When: June 10
Where: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City


Who: Twenty One Pilots
When: June 11
Where: BB&T Pavilion


aretha Who: Aretha Franklin
When: June 16
Where: NJPAC


Who: Toby Keith
When: June 18
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: Indigo Girls
When: June 20
Where: Ocean City Music Pier


Who: Kidz Bop Kids
When: June 24
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center


Who: Journey
When: June 25
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: Haley Reinhart
When: June 26
Where: House of Independents



Who: Sting
When: June 26
Where: BB&T Pavilion



Who: Dolly Parton
When: June 26
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: Celtic Women
When: June 30
Where: NJPAC





Who: Weezer and Panic! At The Disco
When: July 2
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson
When: July 2
Where: Stone Pony Summerstage



Who: Tim McGraw
When: July 4
Where: Wildwood Beach



Who: Justin Bieber
When: July 9
Where: Prudential Center



Who: Pat Benatar
When: July 9
Where: Tropicana Casino



Who: Hall & Oates
When: July 10
Where: BB&T Pavilion



Who: Bob Dylan
When: July 10
Where: Borgata Events Center



Who: Wynonna Judd
When: July 10
Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center



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Who: 5 Seconds Of Summer
When: July 10
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: The Beach Boys
When: July 11
Where: The Ocean City Music Pier


Who: Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato
When: July 12
Where: Prudential Center


Who: Def Leppard
When: July 13
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: Keith Urban
When: July 16
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: Coldplay
When: July 16, 17
Where: MetLife Stadium


Who: Gwen Stefani
When: July 19
Where: BB&T Pavilion


Who: Duran Duran
When: July 21
Where: BB&T Pavilion


Who: Guns N’ Roses
When: July 23, 24
Where: MetLife Stadium


Who: Boyz II Men
When: July 23
Where: Tropicana Casino


Who: Josh Groban
When: July 23
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center



Who: Tony Bnenett
When: July 29
Where: Borgata Events Center


Who: Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Cheap Trick
When: July 21
Where: BB&T Pavilion



Who: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa
When: August 2
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center


Who: Walk The Moon
When: August 4
Where: Stone Pony Summerstage



Who: Florida Georgia Line
When: August 4
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center



Who: Paul McCartney
When: August 7
Where: MetLife Stadium



Who: Boys Like Girls
When: August 7
Where: Starland Ballroom



Who: Fifth Harmony
When: August 7
Where: BB&T Pavilion



Who: Michael Bolton
When: August 11
Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center



Who: Goo Goo Dolls
When: August 13
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center



Who: The Band Perry
When: August 13
Where: Tropicana Casino



Who: Lady Antebellum
When: August 14
Where: Borgata Events Center


Who: The Go-Go’s
When: August 14
Where: Stone Pony



Who: Blink-182 and All Time Low
When: August 14
Where: PNC Bank Arts Center



Who: Shawn Mendes
When: August 16
Where: The MAC at Monmouth University


Who: Kristin Chenoweth
When: August 19
Where: Borgata Music Box



Who: Black Sabbath
When: August 19
Where: BB&T Pavilion





Who: Kenny Chesney
When: August 20
Where: MetLife Stadium





Who: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
When: August 23, 25, 30
Where: MetLife Stadium


Who: Jimmy Buffet
When: August 27
Where: BB&T Pavilion



Who: Rod Stewart
When: August 27
Where: Trump Taj Mahal


Click the graphic to get started on planning your own event. What will you do this summer? GOMO.