Best of 2013: The top concert photos and crowd shots of the year

Flip through our favorite band images, festival footage, stages, costumes and crowd shots from the past 12 months. Kanye West, Paramore, Lollapalooza, Big Boi, Pink, Pitchfork and much, much more.

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  • Photograph: Josh Mellin

    Kanye West brings mountains and masks United Center in Chicago on his Yeezus Tour of North America, December 18, 2013.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire | www.billwhitmire.com

    Steve Aoki, Pharrell Williams and Waka Flocka Flame throw a party on the Aokify America Tour at Chicago's UIC Pavilion.

  • Photograph: Josh Mellin

    She & Him at Aragon, June 29th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Kendall Thacker

    Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2013

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    M.I.A. plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Sunday, July 21.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    R. Kelly plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Sunday, July 21.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.

  • Photograph: Josh Mellin

    Kanye West brings mountains and masks United Center in Chicago on his Yeezus Tour of North America, December 18, 2013.

  • Photograph: Josh Mellin

    MGMT performs psychedelic epics from its self-titled album at the Aragon, November 19, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Paramore | Chicago Theater | May 9th, 2013

  • Photograph: Josh Mellin

    Kanye West brings mountains and masks United Center in Chicago on his Yeezus Tour of North America, December 18, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Chance The Rapper performs at The Riv on November 27, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Canadian R&B star Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye brought Kiss Land to Chicago Theatre for a two-night stand, October 13-14, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Canadian R&B star Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye brought Kiss Land to Chicago Theatre for a two-night stand, October 13-14, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Fiona Apple brought her intimate tour with Blake Mills to the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, October 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: Josh Mellin

    Thom Yorke, Flea and Nigel Godrich run "AMOK" with their supergroup Atoms for Peace in Chicago's UIC Pavilion, October 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Big Boi | Park West | May 1st, 2013

  • Photograph: Josh Mellin

    MGMT performs psychedelic epics from its self-titled album at the Aragon, November 19, 2013.

  • Photograph: Joshua Mellin

    Pink brought aerial acrobatics and hits from her sixth album to the United Center for the Truth About Love Tour, November 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Alicia Keys at the United Center | April 18, 2013

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    The long-awaited Replacements reunion came to Riot Fest Chicago 2013, headlining the music festival on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Punks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago 2013 music festival on September 14, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Hayley Williams of Paramore sings to the crowd at Chicago Theater on May 9th, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Big Boi | Park West | May 1st, 2013

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday August 4th.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Porn and Chicken at Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, July 1, 2012.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Porn and Chicken at Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, July 1, 2012.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    The long-awaited Replacements reunion came to Riot Fest Chicago 2013, headlining the music festival on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    The Cure close out the weekend in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.

  • Photograph: www.billwhitmire.com

    Phoenix gets the crowd dancing in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.

  • photo: www.billwhitmire.com

    Mumford & Sons get twangy in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.

  • Photograph: www.billwhitmire.com

    Phoenix gets the crowd dancing in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.

  • Photograph: www.billwhitmire.com

    Phoenix gets the crowd dancing in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.

  • photo: www.billwhitmire.com

    Mumford & Sons get twangy in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Nine Inch Nails deliver an industrial set in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    The Postal Service delivers a nostalgic performance in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.

  • Photograph: TOR3Y

    The Killers dazzle the crowd in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2.

  • Photograph: TOR3Y

    The Killers dazzle the crowd in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Solange plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Saturday, July 20.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Belle & Sebastian play to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Saturday, July 20.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Duck Sauce at Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, July 1, 2012.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Local Natives at the Vic | March 21, 2013

  • Photograph: Calbee Mundy

    Kim Gordon at the MCA | March 26, 2013

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Rihanna at United Center | March 22, 2013

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Duck Sauce at Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, July 1, 2012.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Django Django and Night Moves | Metro | March 15, 2013

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Punks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago 2013 music festival on September 15, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Punks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago 2013 music festival on DAY 3, September 15, 2013

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Attendees wear a variety of strange attire in Union Park at North Coast Music Festival 2013 on September 1, 2013.

  • Photograph: Chandler West

    Attendees wear a variety of strange attire in Union Park at North Coast Music Festival 2013 on Saturday August 31, 2013.

  • Photograph: Joshua Mellin

    Leonard Cohen at the Chicago Theatre | March 13, 2013

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Attendees wear a variety of strange attire in Union Park at North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Crystal Castles play in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Attendees wear a variety of strange attire in Union Park at North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Sky Ferreira plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Sunday, July 21.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Rap fans and club kids gather in Union Park for North Coast Music Festival 2013 on August 30, 2013.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Saturday, August 3.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Ghost B.C. plays in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Father John Misty in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2.

  • Photograph: www.billwhitmire.com

    Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Friday, August 2nd.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    M.I.A. plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Sunday, July 21.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    The Chromatics and Classixx perform an official Pitchfork after-party at the Mid, Friday, July 19, 2013.

  • Photograph: Kendall Thacker

    Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2013

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Joanna Newsom plays to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, July 19.

  • Photograph: BOBBY TALAMINE

    Fleetwood Mac at the United Center | April 13, 2013

  • Photograph: Chandler West

    Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 in Union Park, Friday, July 19.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Friday, July 19.

  • Photograph: Chandler West

    Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 in Union Park, Saturday, July 20.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Savages play to crowds of indie kids and music lovers at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Saturday, July 20.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 in Union Park, Sunday, July 20.

  • Photograph: cousindaniel.com

    Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.

  • Photograph: Jeff Kroll

    Ty Segall | The Empty Bottle | February 9, 2013

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire

    Crowds take in new bands and indie rock icons at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 at Union Park, Sunday, July 21.

  • Photograph: Bill Whitmire | www.billwhitmire.com

    Steve Aoki, Pharrell Williams and Waka Flocka Flame throw a party on the Aokify America Tour at Chicago's UIC Pavilion.

  • Photograph: Kendall Thacker

    Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2013

We caught a ton of concerts this year. We were in the fields of summer music festivals, in the streets, in bars, in arenas, on beaches, in grand old theaters, in dingy clubs. And our team of photographers captured all the crowds and stars wonderfully. Still, certain images stuck in my mind throughout the year. That bro in the Batman mask at North Coast. The construction workers on stilts. Pink twirling from the rafters. That punchable dude with tats, gauged ears and reading glasses flipping through a book on workplace equality in the Pitchfork Festival field (because of course). The freaking Replacements headlining Riot Fest. Kanye West sporting bejeweled S&M headwear. Alice Glass swigging a bottle of Jameson at Lollapalooza. The butterfly people at Electric Daisy Carnival. The right crowd shot, or even just the right fan can perfectly capture the entire scene. So here I've gathered my favorite images from 2013.


And we're not done. Stay tuned for pictures from New Year's Eve concerts like Zedd at Aragon.


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