Hiatus Music Festival takes over East Van this summer

Jul 12 2016, 11:35 am

As the days become warmer and the chatter by the office water cooler grows seemingly more tiresome, wouldn’t it be nice to simply press a button and get away from it all? Enter Hiatus Music Festival, which will be like a vacation that’s still in the 604.

The concept of a staycation is behind Vancouver’s newest event, offering a city-based experience beyond the traditional nightlife . This one-day boutique festival is all about allowing young professionals to keep it classy, while revelling in their inner child.

Hiatus Music Festival celebrates Vancouver by the confluence of local trendsetters, artists, creatives, and professionals on July 23 at the iconic Waldorf Hotel. It’s going to be one part networking platform and two parts party.

“Hiatus is about getting away after a week of work,” says festival co-founder Jon Campbell. “Young professionals need that time off from the real-world. We’re targeting people who work hard. Everybody’s welcome, but we’re hoping to mix individuals from totally different industries into a giant community festival.”

This hotel takeover kicks off in the early afternoon and goes late into the night. Festival organizers will reclaim and revamp the outdoor space surrounding the Waldorf Hotel, transforming the concrete jungle into an interactive and engaging resort-like space, which will no doubt leave attendees pretty impressed by the new look.

“The Waldorf is so different and has so much history compared to most locations,” Campbell says. “So we’re going to use what the venue already has, and take that to the next level. We don’t want to go into too much detail because we want things to be a surprise for when people get here, but I can tell you that we’re definitely transforming part of the parking lot onto a mini-putt course!”

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With a lengthy and impressive lineup of Canadian and international artists, the festival aims to showcase a roster of experimental live bands alongside a wide range of electronic producers and everything in between. You won’t be scrambling for the best seat in the house either, as performances are programmed throughout the day and into the night on five stages, both inside the hotel and out.

Who can you expect? Highlights include: Bear Mountain, Rainer + Grimm, IMUR, Bit Funk, Topless Gay Love Tekno Party, DiRTY RADiO, Terence Jack, Frankie, Youngblood, and many more.

Aside from the eclectic musical programming, the festival is far more than focusing on music exclusively.

“It’s more of a lifestyle party, really,” Campbell says. “There’s going to be amazing installations by artists we’ve commissioned. There’s lots of great things to eat and food trucks there too, and some really interesting interactive experiences. All these aspects just go hand-in-hand together at the festival.”

Feel like indulging? Not to worry. Local festival partner Postmark Brewery alongside other notable favourites will be serving up adult libations all day (and night) long. So folks, don’t forget your sunhat and golf putter and get ready for Vancity’s newest lifestyle event.

Hiatus Music Festival 2016

When: Saturday, July 23

Where: Waldorf Hotel – 1489 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tickets: Tier 1 tickets have sold out, and Tier 2 are nearly gone. Get your tickets online.

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