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
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.