In just over a month, the Tube Park on Blackcomb will be
transformed into a veritable paradise for music lovers of all tastes.
Organizers of the Whistler Music Festival, a two-day event
that will be held on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 from 11 a.m. until 8
p.m., have just announced the full concert lineup.
On Saturday, Thievery Corporation is the headlining act,
with supporting sets by The Roots, Bedouin Soundclash, Meshell Ndegeocello, and
Elvis Costello and The Imposters are headlining on Sunday,
following performances by Broken Social Scene, Allen Toussaint Band, Robert
Randolph & The Family Band, and Medeski, Martin & Wood.
Organizers received word that Thievery Corporation had
signed on as the second headlining act about two weeks ago, but waited to
announce until they had all of the other acts finalized so they could announce
the entire lineup at once.
Jay Sweet is a producer for the Festival Network, the
company organizing the festival.
“I actually think it speaks to the eclectic tastes of what
we… believe is the Whistler taste of music,” he said.
The acts lined up for the festival are certainly diverse,
offering everything from the hip hop stylings of The Roots to the chilled out
vibe of Thievery Corporation.
Sweet added that they believe the acts will appeal to a wide
range of people.
“At the same time, I think you’re going to find a lot of
people going to both days. I don’t think one day is different than the other
day, necessarily. I think the same people would be drawn to both days.”
Sweet said he has also been hearing “extremely positive”
feedback about the inaugural festival, both locally and further abroad.
“We just keep hearing, ‘wow, what a unique line-up!’” he
said, “It’s tied together, it’s like a smorgasbord, it’s varied, but at the
same time it’s not completely random.”
Now the line-up has been confirmed organizers are busy
organizing all of the other aspects of the festival, including nighttime events
that may incorporate local bands and performers. They’re also trying to get the
word out and let people know about the “first-class festival” that will be
taking place in our own backyard.
The festival is the result of a joint partnership between
Tourism Whistler, which will help with promotions, marketing and accommodation;
Whistler-Blackcomb, which is providing the venue; and the RMOW, which will
handle licensing for the event. The three organizations entered into a
multi-year, non-exclusive contract with Festival Network to organize events
throughout Whistler earlier this year.