Pemberton Festival adds pre-festival free concert in Whistler 

Gord Downie, The Sadies, Matt Mays and Dan Deacon also play to ticket holders in Pemberton the following day

click to enlarge The Sadies are performing at a free concert in Whistler put on by Pemberton Festival organizers.
  • The Sadies are performing at a free concert in Whistler put on by Pemberton Festival organizers.

Whistler is to host a free concert courtesy of the Pemberton Music Festival to kick off the big music weekend in July.

Canadian performers Gord Downie, The Sadies, and Matt Mays will be joined by America composer Dan Deacon at the Whistler Olympic Plaza on Wednesday, July 16, at 4:30 p.m.

The event is open to all.

The day will be repeated for festivalgoers at the Pemberton site on Thursday, July 17, with Downie, The Sadies, Mays and Deacon being joined by as yet unannounced artists for a five-hour concert.

This event is open to Pemberton Music Festival ticket holders only.

For festival attendees who want to take advantage of early entry to the Pemberton Music Festival campground, which begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, there will be free shuttles from the camping site to Whistler throughout the day.

Festival campers are encouraged to take advantage of the early access to camping facilities.

“We are so excited to be able to bring these incredible artists to Whistler a couple of days early for a free concert on July 16 as a thank you to the community that has helped us make Pemberton Music Festival possible this year,” said HUKA Entertainment co-founder and CEO A.J. Niland.

“And Thursday’s concert at our festival site will be an epic gift for all of those who want to get to Pemberton early, avoid traffic, and enjoy an additional day of music in one of the most beautiful environments imaginable.”

In addition to the Thursday concert, outdoor activity excursions will be available from the festival site for concert-goers. More details will be available soon.


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