The Squamish Valley Music Festival is lining up to be one of the most exciting and anticipated outdoor music events in Western Canada following the announcement of Eminem, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire, all set to perform on the huge outdoor stage.
Taking place August 8-10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Centennial Fields in Squamish, British Columbia, the event has over $12 million in financial investment from organizers and sponsors.
“This event represents a turning point not only for BC’s live music industry, but also for Canada’s event industry as a whole,” says Paul Haagenson, President, Live Nation Canada. ”To date, Squamish is Eminem’s only Festival announcement in 2014, and will be his first western Canadian show in more than a decade.”
Headliner Bruno Mars picked up the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album this past weekend and performed at the 2014 Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show, while Arcade Fire has gone from Canada’s little secret to global superstardom.
“It’s a huge coup to be able to offer this caliber of talent to music fans in our region,” says Haagenson. “Not only that, we’ve created an event that is welcoming top international talent while at the same time generating significant economic revenue for the District of Squamish and province of BC. We anticipate music fans will come from around the region, across Canada and the Pacific Northwest to enjoy our unparalleled Festival experience.”
Squamish Valley Music Festival has expanded onto the Centennial Fields, allowing the event to increase its footprint from 32 acres to 81 acres, safely accommodating more than 35,000 guests per day, up from 19,000 per day in 2013.
The event is also expanding its use of an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled wristband system. Ticketholders will receive their RFID wristband via registered mail in the weeks leading up the event and must register online to activate it. The RFID system will allow for smoother, more efficient access at gates, faster processing for all onsite transactions and will allow Festival staff to better assist guests.
The scheduled list of artists to perform include: Eminem, Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Broken Bells, Foster the People, The Roots, Lykke Li, Thievery Corporation, The Head and the Heart, Sam Roberts Band, Atmosphere, Serena Ryder, Tokyo Police Club, Boys Noize, Danny Brown, Gramatik, Walk Off the Earth, Lord Huron, Mayer Hawthorne, Kevin Drew, Hollerado, Mounties, Whitehorse, The Zolas, Felix Cartal, Cyril Hahn, Herobust, We Are The City, Head of the Herd, Topless, Good For Grapes, Aidan Knight, Rykka, City Real, The Courtneys, Louise Burns, Zerbin, Slam Dunk, The Oceanographers.
Weekend passes for the Squamish Valley Music Festival are on sale now.