Music festival season is in full swing and luckily, out here on the West Coast the options continue to grow. Within three months we have: Rock the Shores, Sasquatch, Rifflandia, Bumbershoot, Squamish and Pemberton, which for my money is the best one out there.
I, for one am not interested in seeing 90s bands headline summer festivals. My poor teenage heart broken into a million pieces when I saw Hole at Rifflandia last year. I’m not fussy about sound quality but even my 6-ciders buzz could not hide the fact that they sounded so bad. I couldn’t stop flinching and even began to wonder if they sounded that horrible at Lollapalooza 1995. So seeing Our Lady Peace and Tom Cochrane at Rock the Shores was not really high on my priority list, no matter how hot Rain Maida is. Sasquatch on the other hand has a pretty good line up. But after Eminem’s SNL debacle, I’m not super interested in hearing him fake rap about all his regrets while I try to get my buzz on. Arcade Fire is my favourite band. I’ve send them live once during their Rebellion tour and I had a near -religious experience and cried at the concert. So I’m not sure I feel like doing that again in the middle of a hot, sweaty crowd. Sasquatch always has an interesting line up but it’s so early and way before I ever have time to start thinking about summer plans. Bumbershoot is a bit more mainstream I think and is always around Labour Day so it’s too late for me.
Pemberton is perfect: smack-dab in the middle of the summer, with headliners like Outkast and Kendrick Lamar as well as some throwback artists like Soundgarden, the Violent Femmes and the Flaming Lips and some very cool new artists like Grimes, St. Vincent, Chance the Rapper and Girl Talk. And for good measure they added the Canadian staples like Metric, the Stars and Matt Mays. I can’t wait to get there!
Here’s a playlist I made to get hyped for the weekend. It includes Chance the Rapper, School Boy Q, Snoop Dog, Above & Beyond, Grimes, Metric, Hayden and the Stars.
I can’t wait!