118,000 people attended the 2015 Squamish Valley Music Festival over the course of the weekend. We bring you the experience of 5 of them.
Amazing weekend. Honestly, we weren't sure if our Festival fitness would be up for 4 days of absorbing as much music (and alcohol?) as possible. We survived. Came out with some new recommendations for you, and some highlights.
Arrived early Thursday afternoon, settled in, and headed into the grounds to catch one of our favourite Canadian acts: Current Swell (photos below). Scott Stanton on the slide guitar for 'Cursed' had to be the biggest part of the night.
On Sunday we headed in for George Ezra. Some were a bit disappointed because this meant we would miss Mother Mother. But! Then we checked 102.7 The Peak on twitter and saw they were playing an intimate show at their tent.
Lead singer Ryan Guldemond (below) warned us about possible run-ins with straw hats and Fentanyl.
First Aid Kit was solid, as expected. Always feel like they sound very similar to the Dixie Chicks - this is just a testament to my lack of experience in folk music. Coolest part was when Marcus Mumford came out and joined them for 2 tracks.
And then the best part of the entire weekend was when Mumford played anything from his first album. Literally the entire crowd was singing along to Little Lion Man. We here at Never Radio handled the harmonies.
A crowd favourite was also when Marcus killed it on the drums and sang half the verse with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.
After Current Swell we headed over to the Bacardi Arena for The Funk Hunters. Normally these guys are the easy choice for your bbq playlist (for example), so it was cool to hear them step it up with some party tunes. Loved all the Latin dance samples.
Saturday. Couldn't get into Schoolboy Q. Maybe it was too light out to be so incredibly gangsta. We are a huge fan of '2 On ft Tinashe' but come to think of it, it's not because of Schoolboy's verse. A$AP Rocky on the other hand... so f*cking good. Just to get the crowd pumped he plays House of Pain - Jump Around, and Nirvana - Smells like Teen Spirit. Might have been the craziest crowd moment of the festival.
Although... then Drake comes out with 'Legend' for his first track and the place goes nuts. Then he plays 'The Motto', then 'Charged Up', then 10 more hits that everyone knows. Little bit disappointing he ended the show 30 minutes early. With a backyard sized fireworks show. Basically it was an incredible show, with a dead average finish. George Costanza's worst nightmare.
Back to George - such a talented kid - sounds 40, looks 14. Pretty cool hearing about how he wrote his album while backpacking through Europe. It's funny because you see that guy at every hostel you hit... probably thinking nothing of it. Maybe it's time to start collecting autographs at hostels.
Thank you #Squamishfest2015 for an amazing weekend. Well organized, great layout, amazing lineup, we will be back next year (if we can rent a house again).