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Digging To Find The Squamish And Pemberton Lineups

As the rumour mills spin, we are bombarded with all sorts of new delicious possibilities as to which artists will be gracing the stages at either Squamish Valley Music Festival or Pemberton Music Festival.

I decided to do a little digging to find out where the current top-billed festival headliners have previous engagements. Then I will take a look at which bands have dates near Vancouver, but have yet to announce a Vancouver date, this is also important

Based on this information, we can make some educated guesses as to who is available.

Squamish Valley Music Festival – August 7th-9th
Pemberton Music Festival – July 16th-19th

The No-Current-Vancouver-Date-Yet Artists

  • The Boys Of Zummer tour ft. Wiz Khalifa, Fall Out Boy & Hoodie Allen
    Their tour hits Columbus July 15th, and then jumps to Atlanta July 17th, Raleigh July 18th and Charlotte July 19th. They play a full string of dates up to Chula Vista August 8th, then jumps to Hollywood August 10th. If they are going to make either of these festivals, I would suspect they would come up to Squamish on the 9th, but this is a slim chance. With their extensive tour schedule, this seems far fetched.
  • Sam Smith
    I think this is one of the most likely headliners. I would think that he would be headlining Saturday August 8th at Squamish, this would be the same day that Bruno Mars headlined last year. Some of the facts are; Sam was just announced as the headliner for the Wayhome Music & Arts in Ontario, the Squamish social streams posted a photo of Sam which stirred the pot a little, and he is available the entire month of August but not available the 17th of July (mid-Pemberton weekend)
  • Aerosmith
    With a date announce on July 16th in Victoria and one on July 13th in Kelowna, but no Vancouver date, this is pretty much a given. I would expect them at Pemberton, as they seemed to love to add an old school nostalgia kick to the lineup.
  • alt-J
    Its been a year or so, since they played Vancouver, but I wouldn’t expect them out here. They are booked at Melt! Festival in Germany and Longitude Festival in Ireland, and both those festivals coincide with Pemberton. Then they play Sziget Festival in Budapest, which starts a day after Squamish. I wouldn’t count on them trekking back to play either of these festivals.
  • St. Vincent
    She is killing the festival circuit. She does have a date booked at the Galway Festival in Ireland just before Pemberton, so if she is to make either festival I would put her at Squamish.
  • Tame Impala
    Their schedule is wide open, with the last date having them at the Governors Ball on June 5th. If they were to play either festival, I think they would fit Pemberton a little better.
  • Jack White
    Again, his schedule is wide open in the summer. He seems to be killing the festival circuit the last few years. This one is really hard. I have a feeling he will play Squamish though, Live Nation may have a little more pull to get him.
  • Kendrick Lamar
    He absolutely killed it at Pemberton last year. Since he is headlining the brand new Wayhome Music & Arts festival, I could see a treck out to play at one of these festivals. Which one? Well that is hard to say. Does Pemberton double up on Lamar, and book him back to back years? Or does Squamish pull him in and book him now that he is far more main stream? Time will tell.
  • Run The Jewels
    With a Pitchfork Music Festival appearance around Pemberton time, an Øya Festival appearnace in Osla, NO around Squamish, they are more than likely a long shot.
  • July Talk
    They currently have no dates in the way preventing them from playing either festival. They are one of the hottest Canadian live bands going right now. I would hope they play one of our local festivals. Since they played Squamish last year, it would be nice to see them place Pemberton this year.
  • Steely Dan & Elvis Costello
    They are both touring around, and are both for one day of each of our local festivals. I would suspect they may make it up. If they do, I would think Pemberton is more probable.
  • Motley Crue & Alice Cooper
    They did play Vancouver last yearb. I don’t know if they would both make it, but I think at least one of them could make it. If they did, I would say Pemberton would be the best bet. If Motley Crue and Aerosmith play Pemberton, maybe we would see some stage time shared between the two. 🙂

The Has-A-Vancouver-Date-But-Could-Still-Show-Up Artists

  • AC/DC
    With their announcement of a massive stadium tour, they unveiled they already have a Vancouver date on September 22nd, but they could still very well hit one of these festivals. With dates already booked on July 15th at Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, DK, and July 17th in Oslo, NO, they couldn’t make Pemberton. They do however have the first three weeks of August with nothing booked. So they very well could make an appearance at Squamish.
  • Foo Fighters
    They already have a Vancouver date in September, but they have another Western Canadian stint before this. After a brief break they play August 12th in Edmonton and on August 13th in Calgary. It is quite feasible that they could swing out and headline Squamish before they make those two dates. With the hype of the current tour, they could very easily play Squamish and still play Vancouver. The demand is definitely there.
  • Royal Blood
    They already have a Vancouver date in May, but since they are supporting the two Alberta Foo Fighter dates in August I would suspect they will sneak over and play Squamish.
  • Future Islands
    They play the Malkin Bowl in May, opening for Spoon. They are also playing the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, which matches up with Pemberton, kind of. If they do make it to our neck of the woods it would more than likely be to play Squamish.
  • Hozier
    He soldout the Commodore a few month ago, and he returns to play another soldout show at the Orpheum tomorrow night. Looking at his schedule he is booked through the Pemberton weekend, so he could very well be pulled in to the Squamish lineup.

There are many more bands to pick through, but many of them have not dates announces at all. That makes it way harder to assume anything.

Hopefully some of the above comes true.

I would really like to see Jack White and Sam Smith specifically.

Who do you think will play each of these festivals?

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