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Justin Vivian Bond and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band
Photograph: Courtesy JC HopkinsJustin Vivian Bond and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band

The best anti-Valentine’s Day concerts

Forget slow dances and smooth jazz—these anti-Valentine’s Day concerts are for those of defecting from romance

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Ro Samarth
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If you're single in New York, averse to romantic comedies, or sick of seeing the best chocolate shops overrun by heart-shaped boxes—this one's for you. This holiday can be a divisive one, so we collected together the best Valentine's Day events to soundtrack your dissent. Whether you're itching to mosh through the night at a metal show or celebrate self-love instead of coming up with date ideas, these concerts are sure to keep you entertained.

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Best anti-Valentine’s Day concerts

  • Music
This isn't your average Valentine's Day throwdown. Following last year's Femmequerade Ball and The Witch Ball, this eclectic party grounds itself in political resistance, bringing together a host of queer, PoC and women artists in opposition to toxic masculinity and the heteropatriarchal romance narratives that underlie the holiday. The bill includes Brooklyn emo outfit MALLRAT, bass-rattling DJ FXWRK and multimedia artist Bunny Michael. Check out the surplus of non-musical offerings as well: a sex toy pop-up shop, reiki healing, skin care vendors, sketch artists, oracle card readings and more.
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Rick Astley + Harry Kipner
  • Music
  • Rock and indie
Here's a Valentine's Day idea for you: Rickroll your beloved IRL with a pair of tickets to see the "Never Gonna Give You Up" singer in concert. The UK popsmith visits in support of 50, his first album in 10 years.

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