Live At Squamish; The Festival In Our Backyard

We find ourselves with a second year music festival just outside of Vancouver. With the tease we received with the solo season of the Pemberton Music Festival, folks were starving for something to satiate their hunger. So along comes Live At Squamish, boasting some big players as headliners. The question that remained, after the inaugural run, was – would they return. We have our answer, it is a resounding yes. They have come back, with a cool lineup, Weezer, Metric, Major Lazer, Girl Talk, John Butler Trio, Stars, Shad, Kyprios, Sweet Thing, She Stole My Beer, Tommie Sunshine, The Zolas, Bend Sinister, Dubtribe Sound System and Doc Martin, with more acts to come. Not too shabby for the second year of a new festival.

With Weezer on board, you are sure to have a great night. They put on a solid show, they incorporate the crowd, and they love to have fun with props and costumes. All around this group is great as a headliner, they will rock the deep darkness of the woods. Rivers Cuomo is an interesting front man to say the least. This will be the biggest band of the weekend.

As a close second you have Metric. Who’s poppy keyboards and sexy looks will leave you winded. Their front woman, Emily Haines, is a star, through and through. With her hypnotic dance tracks and playful pop tracks, she will surely be a fan favorite. Not to mention she is really easy on the eyes.

Girl Talk is one of the bands I am most interested in checking out. The mixing of classic rock songs in anyway always catches my attention. But the way these tracks get mixed, is mesmerizing. The man behind the mask, Gregg Gillis, is the king of the mashup. He sometimes taking samples from more than a dozen songs to Frankenstein together an awe inspiring final product. This performance will be energetic to say the least.

As this is in Squamish, you have a beautiful backdrop for a two day event. The trees and mountains create the prefect scenery to accompany any good time, let alone a music festival. The cool forests, will be a great relief to those seeking shade in case of a dry spell. As well as a great place to retreat if we are hit with some showers. Having a local festival to route for means we have something to look forward to in our backyard.

Finally I want to go over some do’s and dont’s if you plan on heading out to this festival. All of these have been taken from the official website, if you would like to see for yourself, go here.

DO’s (allowed to bring)

  • Small backpack and bags (these will be subject to search)
  • Blankets
  • Camera’s without a detachable lens
  • Water contained in bottles NO bigger than 1.5 Litres
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm clothing and/or rain protection
  • Any necessary medicines that are CLEARLY labeled
  • 2 government issued forms of picture ID
  • An awesome attitude for fun

DONT’s (not allowed to bring)

  • Alcoholic beverages, cans and bottles
  • Coolers
  • Umbrellas
  • Frisbees
  • Pets
  • Glass
  • BBQ’s
  • Knives
  • Weapons (including nunchucks, sorry)
  • No gang colours, clothing or paraphernalia
  • Recording devices (unless you are accredited media)
  • Professional cameras (unless you are accredited media)
  • Video equipment (unless you are accredited media)
  • ALL lawn chairs or chairs of any design (sorry but we’ll all trip over them in the dark)
  • Laser pointers
  • No water and/or beverage containers over 1.5 Litres
  • No outside BULK food i.e no bigger than a standard lunchbox

So that is it folks, a simple list of what you can and cannot bring in to the festival. These are not suggestions these are official rules, if you bring these “not allowed” items, they will be tossed. So head out to this jamboree, bring your necessities and have yourself a great time. One last thing, if you decide to sneak off in the middle of the night, stay near the festival lights, this is bear country.

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