Pemberton Music Festival Still Rocks On; Officials Issue Statement in Rememberance of Deceased Man

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, Huka Entertainment completely gave this 5-day festival the ultimate makeover—and the performances definitely did not disappoint. We provide the highlights of the fest while paying our respects to a fallen PMFer.

Glorious Music

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Great acts like EDM artist Deadmau5 came out to party.

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:

  • Deadmau5
  • Outkast
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Frank Ocean
  • Modest Mouse
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Grimes
  • 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

Gorgeous Scenery

Pemberton Music Festival campgrounds

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

, 21, was found dead in his tent by IHIT investigators.Organizers from Huka Entertainment are ecstatic that Pemberton was a great success for everyone involved—from those behind the scenes, to the artists, and of course, those who came out. But Huka officials would personally like to acknowledge 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath (pictured at left) who passed away July 18, 2014, in the festival’s GA campgrounds (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?

Let us know about your experience in the comments.

Foul Play Ruled Out in Death of 21-year-old Man at Pemberton Music Festival

Police tape surrounds the Founders campground area following the tragic death that took place at the festival. (courtesy Metro News)

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) secures the Founders campground area following the tragic death that took place at the festival. (courtesy Metro News)

Nick Phongsavath, 21, was found dead in his tent by IHIT investigators.The victim at the Pemberton Music Festival has been identified as 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath (pictured left) of Regina. Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) Sgt. Jennifer Pound told the Global News, “As a result of evidence found at the scene, witness statements and the autopsy completed on Nick Phongsavath, it has been determined that Foul play is not a contributing factor in his death.”

Early in the investigation, the IHIT (@HomicideTeam) had deemed the tragic event “suspicious” and had questioned some of the festival-goers. The campgrounds were heavily monitored for much of the weekend so that the Pemberton RCMP could carry out their investigation into the victim’s death.

A statement from the Pemberton Music Festival said, “we are deeply saddened by the tragic incident.”  It went on to note 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.”

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Calvin Harris Is Headlining Canada’s Hottest Beach Festival

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Snag one of the remaining ticket options to this summer’s hottest musical event taking place beachside. Monster Energy Center of Gravity (MECOG) is bigger than ever, featuring Calvin Harris as this year’s headliner, and several awesome additions that will make your experience unforgettable.

Electrifying sights and sounds

MECOG features the largest cryo system of any festival in the province, with 10 jets pumping out over 4,000 lbs of smoke effects. You’ll experience a full-on light show with over 30 panels of LED video walls and more than 20 lighting fixtures. While immersing yourself in the light show, you’ll hear 100 cabinets of world-class sound, so you’ll feel encased in the music.

The best part is that MECOG is bringing in our largest stage ever—the SAM55—the widest and highest rainproof mobile stage trailer in the world.

EDM meets hip hop

Our ramped up staging and sound perfectly accommodates this year’s acts (see full lineup here). A few of our scheduled live performances come from some of the top international artists, including Calvin Harris, Chromeo, J. Cole, and Tegan and Sara.

Tickets are almost sold out!

Not many tickets remain for entry into MECOG (see our full list of ticket options). Our 3-Day General Passes are on their last price tier for $239.95. And for the ultimate VIP experience, Ultra passes are $399.99.

With the Ultra passes, here’s what you get:

  • Priority entrance. Beat the crowds at the front gate, while receiving exclusive entry into the Platinum Lounge for the evening concerts.
  • Chillax in style. The Platinum Lounge features a beverage garden you can visit all weekend! So you can grab booze while listening to your favorite acts.
  • Lower capacity. You’ll have more room to party without all the fuss in general admission.
  • No line and VIP access to the after party. Ultra pass holders can skip the line and head to the VIP Upper Lounge at COG House: MECOG’S ONLY official after party! Bonus: No cover before 11 p.m.

Also, a few lakeside cabanas are still up for grabs. Visit our site to reserve one today.

Remember, time is running out!

Buy your tickets now before MECOG is officially sold out. And to make the most out of your 3-day party experience, read this guide to surviving a music festival—even in the summer heat.

10 Things to Know Before Setting Foot in a Music Festival

Going to any music festival is an adventure. Thousands of people gather to see dozens of the hottest artists playing several different stages at the same time. Here at clubZone, many of us have learned the hard way how NOT being prepared for a music festival sucks, and we don’t want you to suffer like we did. Here are 10 tips to help you  avoid the pitfalls and be ready to have an amazing time.

#10 Comfortable shoes are a must. You’re going to walk. A lot. From the minute you park your car (possibly miles and miles away from the campsite) it is going to be nonstop walking: jumping from stage to stage, grabbing drinks, heading for the bathroom. And it can always rain, so wear shoes that will protect you from the mud (and that you don’t mind getting a little dirty).

#9 Going to the bathroom is a marathon. Chemical bathrooms (portable toilets) are a piece of work. No matter how many they put in the venue, there will never be enough. Expect long lines, no toilet paper in sight, sticky floors (with who knows what on them), and a not-so-pleasant smell. (It always makes you wonder about whether or not you should have the next beer). Pro tip: Avoid the lines by going before the next big act goes on, or five minutes before your artist is set to end their performance.

#8 You’re going to lose your friends. This usually happens when you’re out to get a drink at the bar, or hurrying to the bathroom thinking, “I’ll be right back.” No, you won’t. And you probably won’t see your friends until the next artist comes onstage, if you’re lucky. These places are usually far, far away from the madness you and you’re friends are, and it’s not easy to spot a familiar face with thousands of people jumping up and down in front of you, especially after that third drink. Pro tip: Make sure you always bring one friend along to join you in any of these excursions, so you’ll at least have each other until you meet back up with your group.

#7 You will make new friends. Festivals open up a whole new world, making it very easy to make friends with random people. Maybe you walk and stumble upon them…you spill a drink, apologize, and BAM–the conversation starts flowing. Or you wait in line for a drink for 20 (long) minutes, and you click over how hard it is to get served in this place (“I know, right?”) Or you freak out about how awesome that DJ is, and the person right next to you is their no. 1 fan, too. There are endless possibilities.

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#6 It’s essential to bring a backpack. You’re going to spend the day (or longer) partying hard. Pack your bag with the essentials: a tent, shirt, towel, bottle of water, SUNSCREEN, and toilet paper. If you have no idea where to begin, ask your experienced friends what they usually bring with them. We can’t stress enough how essential is to check the rules for each event before you leave. Sometimes, you can carry a small bottle of water and a few snacks, while other times these items get confiscated. So check their website beforehand. Pro tip: Pack light, because you’re going to be carrying this weight everywhere with you.

#5 Mind your booze ingestion. There’s nothing worse than getting drunk to the point of missing all the fun–or being the party pooper and ruining everyone else’s. Drink moderately, and be sure to have plenty of water in between.

#4 Get the early-birds. The ticket prices increase absurdly as it comes closer to the event, so nab the tickets as soon as they go on sale. That way, you can spend the rest of your money on all the overpriced beer to keep you pumped. Pro tip: Check to see if you can grab pre-sale tickets; you’ll save even more usually.

#3 Read about the event before going. Again, these places are huge, and there are several artists playing at the same time on different stages that are far away from each other. Decide which performances you want to attend before you get there. This will make your life so much easier. Also, there’ll be plenty of other activities taking place onsite. Many of them have hidden gems, such as promotional areas, massage parlors, relaxing lounges, and art expositions. Go explore!

#2 Leave the headliners earlier. Yeah we know who you’re coming to see, and that you struggled 40 minutes just to get THIS close to the stage. But so will everyone else around you. And when the main act finishes the last song, everyone will want to leave at the same time. The result? CHAOS. People pushing you, stumping on your feet… and if you haven’t lost your friends by now, you will at this point. If they’re the last performance, the exit queue will be even worse. So be smart and leave before the sky falls down and you lose your cool.

#1 Put away your phone. Don’t be the douche putting your arms up and disturbing everyone behind you with your phone or tablet every five seconds. Taking a few pictures every once in a while is cool, but don’t make this your priority. Keep in mind the best experiences aren’t captured on film–live in the moment. Music festivals are liberating experiences when done right, so  enjoy your time!

Carolina Galli