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13 Las Vegas Shows to see in 2013

Published May 17th, 2013

Sin City bound soon? Then you’ve got to see one of these shows. With everything from aging divas to break-out circus performers, Las Vegas is a city that knows how to put on a show. They’re big, their bright and they’re happening almost every night.

Think of a Las Vegas show though and Celine Dion singing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ to a packed out house of sappy senior citizens will probably come to mind. And yes while this does take place (it’s one of the most popular shows actually), there are plenty of other, less clichéd options too. Like mind-bending circus performances, musicals, comedy and BEYONCE! Here are 13 we wish we could see in 2013.

 

O by Cirque Du Soleil (running all year)

Las Vegas has plenty of Cirque Du Soleil shows running throughout the year but this one stands out above the rest as it is performed on and in water. In place of a stage it has a huge water tank instead where acrobats, gymnasts and super amazing synchronized swimmers turn it out with some breath-taking tricks. It will certainly put your childhood pool performances to shame.

Image credit: Cirque du Soleil

 

Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil (running all year)

Yet another Cirque Du Soleil production (so you know it’s good), this time the crazy-amazing acrobats do their thing to the sweet, sweet tunes of Michael Jackson. An all-out tribute show complete with MJ’s dance movies and all, Michael Jackson ONE is a must for Michael Jackson fans, which is pretty much everyone.

 

Rock of Ages (running all year)

Let’s just get one thing clear, Rock of Ages the live music is WAY better than the movie. Firstly, it’s Tom Cruise free (yay!) and secondly it’s won five Tony Awards.

 

Blue Man Group (running all year)

Arrested Development fans will no doubt have a soft spot for this one. From what we can tell it features 3 ball guys painted in blue making weird noises and stuff. I guess it’s one of those things you just have to see, and when you do you’ll come out raving about how AH-MAHZING it was like every other person who has seen it.

 

Criss Angel Believe (running all year)

Don’t let the fact that Criss Angel spells his name Criss (shudder). Apart from painful spelling, he’s actually an incredible magician (once again ideal entertainment for Arrested Development fans) with plenty of illusions Michael.

 

Joan Rivers (May 31 – June 1)

Granted she’s not everyone’s cup of tea, or shot of burning tequila for that matter, but if you dig Joan Rivers’ no hold-bar sense of humour, be sure to get tickets to see her in Vegas.

 

Tim Allen (June 7 – 8)

Let’s just forget all of those exhausted Santa Claus movies and remember back to when he was Tim the tool man tailor! Oh and Buzz Lightyear! Tim Allen’s comedy is pretty great for a dad. If you’re a fan of dad jokes, this is where it’s at.

 

Beyonce (June 29)

Do you really need us to give you a reason? BEYONCE!

 

Alabama Shakes (July 19)

Hipsters in Vegas looking for a good, Shania-Twain-free, fun time should purchase themselves tickets to see the Alabama Shakes. Hailing from Alabama (obviously) the band found great success recently with their bass heavy, smooth sounding single Hold On. If you like Kings of Leon and the Black Keys, chances are you’ll like these guys too.

 

Bruno Mars & Fitz and The Tantrums (August 3)

With the Australian airways lapping up his smooth, soulful sounding pop tunes, chances are you’ve already heard Bruno Mars about 10,000 times. If you’re yet to grow sick of his songs, then you should go see him perform with soul/indie band Fitz and The Tantrums in August.

 

Lil Wayne, T.I. & Future (August 31)

Hitting Vegas on their ‘America’s Most Wanted tour,’ these three rappers will no doubt put on an amazing show. Just don’t forget to bring all that cash you won in the casinos so you can make it rain!

 

National Finals Rodeo (December 5-14)

So it might not be at the top of your priorities, but how much fun would it be to see a rodeo in Las Vegas? The National Finals Rodeo no less! A fantastic chance to see USA’s cowboys in action.

 

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.