Well folks, it is just about time for the 2013 installment of Squamish Valley Music Festival (formerly Live at Squamish), and I am starting to drool with anticipation.
This year’s lineup is by far the best one to date. They have decided to tone down the Canadian content and go for some more widely pallatable players. Let’s take a little meander through the list:
- Queens Of The Stone Age : With the release of …Like Clockwork, and the amazing performances I have seen them put forth in the past, this is by far the biggest reason to buy a ticket to this festival.
- Vampire Weekend: Even though I have a limited experience with seeing this band live, the newest album, Modern Vampires of the City, has been stuck in my playlist for weeks. These guys are perfect for a summer evening, laying out on the grass.
- Band Of Horses: The amount of passion these guys exude on stage, is phenomenal, do not miss their set.
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: I don’t even think I need to say anything here, make sure you see every last second of their performance, hit the bathroom and beer tent early.
- Childish Gambino: I kick myself for missing the chance to see this man at the Commodore Ballroom a few years back, I will not make that same mistake again. From all the live videos I have swooned over, his will be one of the top performances at the festival as well.
- Gogol Bordello: High energy, and intensity. The stage will be full of artists and the crowd will be eating out of their hand. They come to have fun, don’t miss out.
- Young The Giant: I will chalk this one into the same category of Vampire Weekend, they will be wonderful while you are sitting in the glow of the sunset.
- Dan Mangan: Local boys need your support, and he is uber talented to boot, so make sure to check this man out.
- Divine Fits: Do you like Spoon and Wolf Parade? Well then this supergroup will blow you away. Once I took their 2012 release, A Thing Called Divine Fits, for a spin, I was hooked.
- Fitz And The Tantrums: Another high energy, highly passionate band. When I saw them at the Commodore Ballroom, they made an instant fan out of me. I hope they do the same for you.
- Dragonette: Dancing in the sun? Yes, please!
- Jurassic 5: Another one I shouldn’t have to say much about. Hip Hop legends, just shut up and take it all in.
- Family Of The Year: After their intense set at Electric Owl this year, I am eager to see what they do on a much bigger stage.
- Said The Whale: Another local group that is killing it these days. You need to know who this band is, and once you do, you will love them. Hopefully this year they will forgo the panda masks.
- Diamond Rings: The 80s are alive and well. John O’Regan brings beautiful pop beats, and his stage show will leave you mezmerized.
The rest of the amazing acts that will be on hand to make your brain explode are as follows: Madeon, Pretty Lights, Matt Mays, Yukon Blonde, Family Of The Year, Deap Vally, The Boom Booms, A Tribe Called Red, The Matinee, Reignwolf, Portage & Main, The Belle Game, Dustin Bentall And The Smøkes, The Heavy, Skratch Bastid, Foy Vance, Jason Bentley, Bear Mountain, The Funk Hunters, Dear Rouge, Basketball, Jordan Klassen, Dominique Fricot, Gang Signs, The Chantrelles, Fine Times, The Ballantynes, Nightbox, Grandtheft, Dj Hebegebe, Dj K-tel, Boatman, Gordo, Eric Lewis, Smalltown Dj’s, Rukus Deluxe, and Electrabelle Vj. As you can see this entire lineup is a beautiful thing.
With all that being said, another big difference for this years festival, is the change in dates. In earlier years we have seen the festival act as the close out to summer, running on the last weekend of August. This year we are seeing the festival hit the second weekend of August (8th-10th), meaning anyone going back to school can party a lot harder because they have more time to recuperate, before their school year commences.
The people behind this festival in our backyard, have guided this event into something amazing. They have recently partnered with some big name players, and really started to turn this into a force to be reckoned with.
Their was a recent announcement that the 2014 edition of the Squamish Valley Music Festival will be a little different. The festival organizers have been approved to grow the festival from 16,000 daily attendees to 35,000 per day. They are also going to be moving the from the Hendrickson Fields & Loggers Sports Ground to their new, and bigger site, at Centennial Fields.
So as you can see the peeps behind this thing are going in the right direction. No more will you be stuck waiting on Sasquatch as the full-size festival within driving distance of the lower mainland. Now you will have two.
Now back to the matter at hand. I was telling you about how great this year’s festival will be, and you were reading this asking yourself why is this guy so bad at grammars. Well let me tell you I am barely literate, and this festival is making me crazy. I want to be transported into the future to the moment the gates open so I can rush in, get a beer, and setup shop right in front of the main stage. To say I am excited would be putting it mildly.
If you are one of the few people out there that has not purchased a ticket then I urge you to make the right decision. Do yourself a favor and buy a ticket as soon as you can. All the information you need is right here.