Summer is kicking up in high gear now, which means it’s music festival season all over our fine province. From arts to music, if you’re in and around B.C. this summer, you may want to check out some of our homegrown festivals
rocking a city near you (and an awesome summer roadtrip to the festivals doesn’t hurt either!).
What better way to enjoy the first weekend of July than a music festival in the Okanagan? Taking place in Kelowna’s Waterfront Park, this weekend getaway features massive indie and alternative bands playing alongside some newer talent. Art exhibits, installations and celebrations are also on the agenda. Bands playing at Keloha include Matt & Kim, MGMT, The Trews, Yukon Blonde and Arkells. Single and three-day passes available here ($69.50- $189.50).
The Whistler Olympic Park is hosting Believe Freedom Festival- a premier electronic, world music and cultural festival next month. Festival goers enjoy five days and nights of music in the Callaghan valley, with music ranging from electronic to reggae. Believe’s line up includes Julian Marley, Luminaries, and DJ Cowan. The festival passes include free bus transportation from Whistler Village to the Festival grounds. Day, weekend, and camping passes available here ($99- $250).
Centre of Gravity claims to be the hottest beach festival in Canada, which is no wonder it’s in its 6th year. With some of the biggest names in the world, this long-weekend festival is sure to be a summer highlight. This year’s Centre of Gravity includes headliners Tiesto, Kaskade, Cazzette, Spencer & Hill, and Canada’s own Lights. Taking place at Kelowna’s City Park, don’t forget to pack your board shorts, bikinis and sunblock! Although most passes are sold out, limited day tickets are available here.
Shambhala is all about the people on the dancefloor in the Salmo River Valley. A truly unique festival, Shambhala is a family-owned business that grew organically over the years since its first festival in 1998. Shambhala does not accept corporate sponsorships, the festival is produced solely on ticket sales. With six themed stages, each delivering the best in up and coming electronic talent from around the world, the festival also supports the local community and industry. The line up this summer includes A-Trak, Five Alarm Funk, and Mayhem. Festival tickets are available online only ($310). Camping passes sold separately.
Probably one of the most recognized names in Canadian music festivals, Live at Squamish returns this year to the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in Squamish. Enjoy the surrounding forests and mountains as bands and DJ’s spin the multiple stages. Bands this year include Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Childish Gambino, and Band of Horses (just to name a few!). This line-up is truly amazing for any music lover, and the location cannot be beat! Day and weekend passes available – although some limited ($89-$149). Camping is not included in ticket price ($80 per person).