If you’ve never been, Folk Fest is the kind of grassroots, community-driven live music event where you’ll find old timers who’ve attended for 30 years rubbing shoulders with a fresh crop of university students who won’t miss a Dan Mangan show. It’s the mix of guests and performers that makes Folk Fest what it is.
The hotly anticipated Vancouver Folk Festival line up includes such talents as Dan Mangan, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, Hey Rosetta! and K’naan. The food cart line up is almost as impressive with 30 local vendors serving everything from organic ice cream to roast corn and jerk chicken.
Find out everything you need to know to attend after the jump.
About the Venue
Jericho Beach Park is an ideal music festival location. The gorgeous, life-guarded public beach looks out at English Bay from the south side, between the North foot of Discovery Street and just West of Alma Street. There’s always something to watch, from the bunny colony nibbling lush park grass to the avid wind sailors doing their thing on the water.
Tickets for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival are on sale in advance and at the gate, but it’s definitely cheaper to buy them ahead of time, before July 12. An Adult Advance Weekend Pass for all three concert days runs $150. It jumps to $165 at the gate. Single Saturday or Sunday tix are $75 and $80 respectively. Friday Evening Concert Passes are $45 in advance and $50 at the gate.
There are great deals for students (with student id), youths and elders. Get the details on all ticket prices and on site box office times here.
About the Artists
I’m a folk music novice, but according to people who know, Van Folk Fest has done a great job of sourcing big name talent alongside up-and-coming performers. As mentioned above, the big names include alt-folk Ani DiFranco, Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan, bluesy rock star Lucinda Williams, local fave Dan Mangan and more. Another band worth an extra mention is Hey Rosetta!, a six-member Canadian band known for their awesome energy on stage.
Lesser known but equally exciting gigs include Emel Mathlouthi, a talented musician that emerged from the Tunisian Arab Spring, and Vancouver group Pied Piper, which appeared at the first ever Folk Fest in 1977. The Folk Fest website has a list of all 60 2012 artists.
About the Food Vendors
Food blogger Vancouver Foodster has made a comprehensive list of Folk Fest vendors and what they’re serving. I’ll name drop anyway: Earnest Ice Cream, Eli’s Serious Sausage, Corn Roaster, Dim Sum Express, Whales Tales, Street Meet Food Truck and more.