While tickets begin to dwindle, festival goers are already getting excited for some of BCs top festivals. So, what are your options this summer? Check some of them out!
Vancouver Island Festivals:
1. Tall Tree Music Festival– Four Years running, five in operations,Tall Tree Music Festival has become one of the island’s new favourites since Soundwave in Tofino stopped running. Perched on top of a mountain overlooking the surrounding old-growth forests, Tall Tree Music Festival is known for its amazingly positive vibe. Another cool fact? All proceeds from the festival go to local charitable organizations; perhaps that is part of the reason everyone feels so connected. This party boasts a mixture of live bands and dj performances. Check it out!
June 28th-30th 2013
2. Resonance Festival– Resonance is a brand new three day music festival in the Cowichan valley. Campsites boast riverfront access and showers available. As this is a new festival it is hard to say much about the event but the lineup highlights some the island’s best talents!
July 26th-29th 2013
1. Shambhala Music Festival– Shambhala Music Festival is an electronic festival which began in the summer of 1998 on a small farm just outside Salmo, BC called the Salmo River Ranch. In 2010 Shambhala hit 10,000 participants and in 2012 the show sold out in record time: 17 days. I have gone to the festival twice (2010 and 2011) and it was an amazing experience. Each stage had a plethora of visuals that mesmerized the audience and an amazing sound system which hung from the trees like bees nests. Another highlight of the venue is that camping is located far enough outside the stage areas that it is easy to get a good nights sleep (if you so choose). If you want to check this one out I would suggest purchasing tickets asap before they sell out.
August 7th-12th 2013
2. Bass Coast– Burning Man in BC? That’s what I think of when I hear the word of Bass Coast. This festival is a collaborative creation which encourages participation from its attendees. Beautiful art creations are placed all over the venue while electronic music floats through the grounds. This year is the first year at their new venue in Merritt; many past participants are uneasy about this movement from it’s original west coast beach to a dry-desert-like river bed. But that begs the question: Is it the music, the people or the setting that make the party? I’ll find out this year as it will be my first time attending!
August 2nd-5th 2013
All Photographs courtesy of Xavier Walker Photography https://www.facebook.com/XavierWalkerPhotography/
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