Setting the stage 

Pemberton Festival organizers launch volunteer program, hit three-quarter mark in ticket, camping sales

click to enlarge Counting Down Coldplay is just one of the many acts coming to the area to perform during Pemberton Festival this July
  • Counting Down Coldplay is just one of the many acts coming to the area to perform during Pemberton Festival this July

The clock is ticking, and in just under three months, tens of thousands of people will flock to Pemberton July 25-27 to take part in the area’s first three-day outdoor music festival, with performances by more than 50 artists and bands.

In the meantime, organizers are working diligently to sort out a massive list of logistical details, which includes revising and finalizing their site plans, hiring employees, and recruiting an army of volunteers to make the inaugural event a success.

If you’re willing to lend a helping hand to get the first Pemberton Festival off the ground, you just may be able to snag a free pass to enjoy the show.

Live Nation, the company organizing Pemberton Festival, just launched its volunteer recruitment program late last week, hiring Pemberton resident Stephanie Coughlin to spearhead recruitment efforts. The company is looking for about 500 people to help out with everything from directing traffic to clean-up duties.

“We really hope that lots of locals come out and volunteer, because it’s going to be a great way to experience the festival and get in for free in exchange for some good work,” said Shane Bourbonnais, President of North American Touring and Business Development for Live Nation.

While Live Nation has already received inquiries about the volunteer opportunities from all over the world, the company plans to give preference to local candidates.

“When people come to the Pemberton Festival, they travel from a long ways away,” said Bourbonnais. “We want them to be welcomed by really enthusiastic volunteers that are people that love the area, people that are knowledgeable about the area.”

People interested in being considered for a volunteer position need to go to and fill out an application form by June 16. Successful candidates will be notified by June 30.

Live Nation has also recently nailed down the details of their shuttle service, which aims to minimize traffic congestion and carbon emissions. The shuttle will run from Whistler to the concert site in Pemberton, with shuttles departing between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and returning between 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. each day.

Three-day shuttle passes are $90, and are available online at .

Organizers are also planning to include a water system in the festival village market area, so people can fill up water bottles, rather than purchase bottled water. They are also working on securing local talent to perform during the festival.

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