Broken Social Scene, Alice Cooper and Ludacris added to Pemberton lineup 

Festival expected to go ahead despite smoke

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - Late addition Broken Social Scene will perform at the Pemberton Music Festival on Saturday, July 18.
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  • Late addition Broken Social Scene will perform at the Pemberton Music Festival on Saturday, July 18.

With just over a week to go before it begins, the Pemberton Music Festival has announced that 19 new bands and five new comedians have been added to the lineup.

Broken Social Scene, Alice Cooper, Ludacris, G-Eazy, Shakey Graves, Zhu, Tune-Yards, The Glorious Sons, Post Malone, Apollo, Basecamp, Allie X, Hey Marseilles, Jpnsgrls, Letts, Pomo, Lovecoast, Dakota Pearl, and the Will Ross Band will play over the five-day festival.

And there will be additional comedy From Nick Offerman, Tim Heidecker, Neil Hamburger, Dino Archie and Ivan Decker.

The new acts were announced on Tuesday, June 7.

The festival takes place from July 16 to 19.

As well, the full day line-ups were also announced.

Whistler is again hosting a free pre-festival concert on Wednesday, July 15, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Sam Roberts Band, The Glorious Sons, Basecamp and The Will Ross Band will perform at Whistler Olympic Plaza until 10 p.m.

On Thursday, July 16, Pemberton is headlined by J. Cole, with Bassnectar, Billy Talent, the Sam Roberts Band, The War on Drugs, G-Eazy and Beirut.

On Friday, July 17, the festival is headlined by The Black Keys, with Tiesto, Kid Cudi, Passion Pit, Banks, and Galactic featuring Macy Gray.

On Saturday, July 18, the festival is headlined by Weezer, with Broken Social Scene, Alice Cooper, Ludacris, Chromeo, Chet Faker, De La Soul, and Paul Oakenfold.

And Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, Chvrches, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Tobias Jesso Jr, and Full Flex Express featuring Jack Ü (Skrillex + Diplo), Zeds Dead, A$AP Ferg, Tycho, Hundred Waters and Anna Lunoe, B2B, Mija, round out the festival on Sunday, July 19.

Day tickets have also gone on sale. They are $129 plus an additional $29 for the shuttle pass from Whistler for a total of $158 (plus applicable fees and service charges). Single day camping passes are not available.

For the complete line-up by day, visit www.pembertonmusicfestival.com.

Meanwhile, Pemberton Mayor Mike Richman and other village officials met festival organizers HUKA on Tuesday, July 7, to discuss the high levels of smoke from wildfires in the Pemberton region.

The village, along with the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, and the Lil'wat First Nation later issued a joint press release on Wednesday, July 9.

In it, they said elected officials and senior staff, "met and agreed that the 2015 Pemberton Music Festival will proceed as planned."

"Safety remains our top priority. The situation is being monitored and evaluated daily," said Richman in the release. "If present conditions continue, the Pemberton Music Festival can proceed safely."

For more information on the wildfires and their possible impact, see the story on page 12 of this issue.

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