One of the most prominent regrets that Millennials in Canada feel is that they haven't been to Coachella. The massive music festival in California has become a staple of pop-culture and live-entertainment. And though some feel that the festival has become too "trendy", none can deny that the talent it attracts is highly appealing. Luckily for us Canadians, we are about to get a similar, but less snotty, opportunity right in our backyard.
The first SKOOKUM Festival will take place in Vancouver's iconic Stanely Park. The three-day event in early September will feature a line-up of contemporary artists that will just blow your mind... First of all... The Killers are headlining alongside Florence and the Machine. Though these bands appeal to slightly different demographics, both are known for putting on some of the best live shows in the business. They are also storytellers first and foremost. Their lyrics, as catchy as they are, paint a specific picture that is bound to inspire you as you dance under Stanley Park's red cedars. But The Killers and Florence and the Machine are just the beginning...
SKOOKUM Festival will also feature Metric, The Arkells, Mother Mother, Chromeo, Greta Van Fleet, Dear Rouge, Matt Mays, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Said The Whale, The Zolas, St. Vincent, and many, many more.
Additionally, there will be a variety of art installations and an opportunity to try food from some of Vancouver's most notable vendors and restaurants, such as the uber classy Hawksworth. On top of all of this, the festival will be showcasing B.C. wines, local distilleries, and craft breweries at tasting areas in the park. There are also "After Dark" events happening at intimate venues around the city.
SKOOKUM Festival describes their main venue, Stanley Park, as "where urban meets wild". That's an apt description of what is unequivocally one of the biggest tourist attractions in Canada. It's truly an awe-inspiring place to be on a normal afternoon. But imagine what it would be like as a frame for 20,000 gorgeous people and the transcendent sounds of Florence and the Machine, Mother Mother, and Chromeo. Everything will go down at the Park's Brockton Feild. The space offers stunning views of Vancouver's Coal Harbour.
The festival aims to be an inclusive event. The organizers have worked with local charities as well as The Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations to make sure that the celebration is respectful of the beautiful and ancient land that it's taking place on. This is clearly something they're taking into consideration, after all, the ultra Canadian word "skookum" (which means "strong", "brave", and "impressive") comes from the historical Chinook jargon.
SKOOKUM Festival happens on September 7th through the 9th in Vancouver. Make sure you get your passes ASAP!
You can find out more about SKOOKUM Fest on their website found here.