The last time the Pemberton Music Festival took place in 2008, more than 40,000 people showed up to camp out and party with their favorite performers across all genres—from EDM to hip-hop—in serene and beautiful British Columbia. In 2014, this 5-day festival did not disappoint. We provide the highlights of the fest while paying our respects to a fallen PMFer.
As you can see here, to say that the music lineup was impressive is an understatement. The list of acts who showed up and showed out on stage reads like a notable who’s who of the top artists in the industry right now:
- Kendrick Lamar
- Nine Inch Nails
- Frank Ocean
- Modest Mouse
- Empire of the Sun
- Snoop Dogg
- And many others.
A few comments from those in attendance (via Facebook):
“I thought it was amazing. Very well organized great bands great overall vibe. Nice and spread out venue. I live in Pemby and therefore did not experience any camping woes. Mostly I’m just bummed today that it’s all over. Highly impressed Huka!!!”~Sunny Rankin
“Amazing performances left & right. From Blondie to Flaming Lips to Above & Beyond & Deadmou5. Metric. Sound garden. Outkast.”~Nicole Lauzon
“SINKHOLE SINKHOLE, CHICKEN FIGHT CHICKEN FIGHT”~Matt White
Pemberton has a reputation for being one of the most scenic areas in British Columbia and even all of North America (check TripAdvisor to see how people rave about the views and their drives along the way). The location of the festival provided a fantastic backdrop for all PMFers—locals and long-distance travelers alike—to get an enhanced experience during their 5-days of intense dancing in the woods.
More comments from Facebook:
“Awesome festival! I went to the first Pembi Fest 6 years ago and this year overall had a much better setup and layout. They got the dance tent right this time!!! Great visuals/lights, big sound and most importantly open capacity. I thought the stage setup was great, with lots of room but still pretty easy to get to the different shows.”~Dave Sage
“Loved my 3 days there! Saw so many different acts and comedians.. The view was stunning any where you looked.”~Tim Koshul
“Food was great and people were great. Being a local I’m proud to accept tens of thousands of people into our beautiful valley. See you guys next year #pemfest“~Tyson Thevarge-Brady
A Message from the Pemberton Music Festival
Organizers are pleased that after a six-year hiatus, the festival was a great success for everyone involved—from those behind the scenes, to the artists, and of course, those who came out. But those who put together the festival would like to acknowledge 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath (pictured at left) who passed away July 18, 2014, in the Founders campground area of the festival (Read more on this here).
Here’s their statement: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident. [The festival] was created in the spirit of community and friendship…we remind everyone to look after their neighbours, report any concerns to security and help continue to make our event a safe and positive experience for everyone.”
Did you attend the Pemberton Music Festival?
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