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Day 2 at Squamish Music Festival 2014 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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DH Vancouver Staff Aug 10, 2014 11:09 am

Day 2 of the Squamish Music Festival gave fans another dose of solid entertainment, with headliners Arcade Fire and Broken Bells whipping tens of thousands of music fans into a hysterical frenzy.

Another action-packed day awaited festival goers Saturday, with Canadian performers front and center on all four stages. Ontario’s Tokyo Police Club, who played the inaugural Squamish Music Festival five years ago, rocked the Tantalus stage while Halifax producer Ryan Hemsworth laid beats in the Blueprint Arena.

The shaded merchandise stands gave fans a little break from the sweltering heat that continued into the evening. Plastic flowered crowns, the kind preferred by Lana del Rey, went for $25 while stuffed animal onesies of lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) sold briskly.

My pals and I came prepared with inflatable crowns that were a big hit with other music lovers until they learned we’d bought them at Urban Outfitters. We spent the afternoon coming up with a better answer to “where’d you get those effing Jughead crowns?!??” and as of this writing, we’re torn between “we won them in a beauty pageant” and “they came with the kid’s meal at a South African Burger King”.

The Sam Roberts Band played big shiny tunes like “Brother Down” and “Where Have All The Good People Gone?” on the Tantalus stage before Broken Bells came on at 8:00 p.m. The duo, comprised of superstar producer Danger Mouse and James Mercer from The Shins, nicely recreated the moody EDM feel of their most recent album, “After The Disco” on the live stage.

Arcade Fire finished night two of the festival with an epic set that featured hits from the band’s decade long career. The mood onstage between husband and wife singers Win Butler and Regine Chassagne was downright giddy, and the thousands of fans in attendance were more than happy to follow their giddy lead.

I took a couple of horribly autocorrected notes during the first part of the show (mostly “holy shit!”s) but quickly abandoned my iPhone to dance the night away with my fellow hipster dufuses. The iconic Canadian outfit closed the show with an awesome one-two punch of  “Here Comes The Night Time” and “Wake Up” before showering confetti on the euphoric crowd.

Kooky Canadian band keeps fans dancing into the night
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Broken Bells
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Arcade Fire
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Arcade Fire
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