Thousands of fans, most of them in raincoats and ponchos, attended day two of the Squamish Valley Music Festival on Saturday. Music lovers who stuck it out in the rain and cold were treated to awesome sets by Drake, A$AP Rocky and Iceland’s Of Monsters And Men.
More than 125,000 fans are expected to participate in the sixth annual event, which featured performances by Sam Smith and Chance The Rapper on Friday.
Vancity Buzz was on the scene to check out the funky sights (and smells) of the festival and here’s a recap of what we saw on Saturday:
6 – number of hours fans waited to get a front row spot for Drake
The persistent drizzle didn’t stop Drizzy’s biggest fans from getting an up close and personal view of the Canadian superstar. And good things came to those who waited, as the rapper killed the crowd softly with hits from his latest album If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. “My name is Drake, and I’m a proud Canadian” he said to huge cheers before dedicating a kickass rendition of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” specifically to his Vancouver fans.
1 – number of “R.I.P. MEEK MILL” signs spotted in the crowd
What started off as a tiny Twitter tiff between Drake and Meek Mill has quickly escalated into a full-blown war, and Saturday’s crowd was clearly on Drake’s side. The audience began chanting “FUCK MEEK MILL” even before Drake took the stage, but the rapper refused to take the bait, merely saying “Vancouver is really charged up about something tonight!” when the “R.I.P.” sign appeared on the stage’s giant screens.
12 – number of Canadian artists that performed Saturday
In addition to Drake, festival goers caught sets by homegrown talent like SonReal, Alvvays and the Rural Alberta Advantage. Best of all was Juno Award-winner K-OS, who rocked the Stawamus Stage with classics like “Crabbuckit” and “Man I Used To Be”.
20 – price, in Canadian dollars, for a Squamish Valley Music Festival fanny pack
A perfect souvenir for moms and dads. Tons of swag with the SVMF logo was up for grabs at the merch tent including water bottles, cloth bags, ball caps and booty shorts. The most sought after item? A $35 black t-shirt with a bear on the front and the artist lineup on the back, which was completely sold out by Saturday afternoon.
4:3 – ratio of man buns to flowered crowns spotted in the crowd
As we previously reported, the Lana Del Rey-style flowered headpieces dominated the festival on Friday but the man bun had a slight edge on day two. We’ll declare a winner in tomorrow’s recap.
2.8 – millimeters of rain that fell in Squamish on day two
The hottest accessory at SMVF Saturday wasn’t the aforementioned man buns or flower crowns. We spotted hundreds of folks wearing homemade rain ponchos, and hundreds more wearing free ones given out with performer SonReal’s face plastered on the front. More rain is expected Sunday, but the weather is expected to clear up before Mumford & Sons play the main stage at 9:30 p.m.
2 dozen – approximate number of concert goers pulled over the barricades by security during A$AP Rocky’s set
We had an upfront view for the New York rapper’s first three songs and the vibe near the stage was downright chaotic. The security team assigned to the area did a fantastic job of keeping the crowd safe, (somewhat) controlled and, most importantly, hydrated. Fans who’d had enough of the pushing and shoving were helped over the barricades by the team.
1 – number of “missed connection” ads placed on Craigslist re: SVMF
Apparently love isn’t in the air this weekend, as only one “missed connection” ad has been posted on the website as of night 2. If you’re a girl with a mohawk and met a guy named Ryan at the festival Saturday, send him a message – he’s sorry he didn’t ask for you number and wants “to get to know you a little”.
Squamish Valley Music Festival finished Sunday with performances by George Ezra, Mumford & Sons and Alabama Shakes.