Mapping out your musical experience 

Explore the ins and outs of Pemberton Festival’s musical offerings

click to enlarge Tall Order Crews were hard at work last weekend readying the festival site at the base of Mount Currie. Photo by Greg Eymundson,
  • Tall Order Crews were hard at work last weekend readying the festival site at the base of Mount Currie. Photo by Greg Eymundson,

Your heart is pounding, palms are sweating, and your eyes are as wide as saucers — you’ve just arrived at the grounds of Pemberton Festival, and aren’t sure which direction to run in first. Music lovers of all ages are sure to be just like kids in a candy store this weekend, as big names coupled with lesser known talents take to four stages throughout the three-day event. But before your brain goes into overdrive trying to plan out every second of your festival experience, take a deep breath and check out when and where the talent will be each and every day of the festival.

The performances will be divided into four areas throughout the festival site: Mount Currie Stage, Lillooet Stage, Bacardi B-Live area, and Pemberton Barn Dance Tent.

The Mount Currie Stage will play host to the headliners and “bigger” names, like Metric, Wolfmother, Serj Tankian, Interpol, Sam Roberts Band, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, N.E.R.D., and Death Cab for Cutie, with performances starting at 3:30 p.m. and running until 11 p.m.

In the secondary performance area, the Lillooet Stage, some of the more obscure — but undoubtedly talented — artists, like Wintersleep, Matisyahu, Annie Stela, Grand Ole Party, and Monte Negro, take to the stage from 1:20 p.m. until 7:25 p.m.

Each day, the Bacardi B-Live area will host a 12-hour straight session of DJ sets, so anyone looking to discover talent on the turntables, whether it be new or old, should head to that area between the hours of 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. Some local talent, like DJs Czech, Vinyl Ritchie, Peacefrog and Mat the Alien are set to step up to the decks, as well as some major international names, like MSTRKRFT, Tommie Sunshine, Chromeo, and the Crystal Method DJ set, to name just a few.

Finally, kick your heels up at the Pemberton Barn Dance Tent with 12 hours of music each day by performers from throughout the Sea to Sky corridor. As most locals know, there are a ton of talented musicians amongst us here in Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish, so expect to see everything from metal and punk to hip hop and rock, starting at noon and running until midnight. Plus, there will be a special advance performance from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thursday evening for all of the enthusiastic campers that show up early to set up shop.

While most people probably have a pretty good idea of the artists they want to see during the three-day festival, there are probably a few names that have left people scratching their heads.

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