Squamish Fest 2014 Tickets on Sale (Bruno Mars, Eminem and more)

Photo credit: benzpics63 | Flickr

Photo credit: benzpics63 | Flickr

Couldn’t get enough of Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl halftime show?

No worries.  You can catch the mega-popular R&B crooner – and plenty of other huge acts – in Squamish this summer.

Tickets for the Squamish Valley Music Festival, Aug. 8-Aug. 10, go on sale Feb. 7.  And it looks like some major talent is about to descend on Vancouver’s backyard.

Apart from Bruno Mars, rapper Eminem, Montreal rockers Arcade Fire, British indie group Arctic Monkeys and legendary rap ensemble The Roots will all be performing at the festival. Other big-name acts include alt pop act Broken Bells, Swedish songstress Lykke Li and Canada’s own Sam Roberts Band.

The high-profile lineup is part of an effort to significantly expand the festival, being held for the fifth year in Squamish, the small Howe Sound community about one hour north of Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway.  Organizers have more than doubled capacity to 35,000 people this summer, up from 17,000 last year, according to an article by Francois Marchand in the Vancouver Sun.

The festival will feature four separate stages spread over 80 acres around Squamish’s Centennial Field, Loggers Sports Grounds and Brennan Park.  Apart from the headliners, the lineup will include an eclectic blend of rock, pop, electronic music and hip-hop, with plenty of local talent, including Topless, The Zolas, Good For Grapes and We are the City.

With the expanded capacity this year, organizers are hoping to transform the event from a regional happening to one of North America’s premiere festivals, rivalling a Coachella or a Lollapalooza.  Interested in getting in on the action?

Weekend passes (good for the entire festival) officially go on sale on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. But three days of world-class music doesn’t come cheap.  Tickets (actually wristbands) are $295, before taxes and Ticketmaster surcharges.  Single-day passes aren’t available yet, but will be offered closer to the festival time.

After some hiccups in past years, organizers are promising improved camping options this summer, as well as better shuttle bus service and waste management. (Camping, however, isn’t necessarily cheap either: sites for four people start at $350 for the weekend.) The festival will be entirely cashless, using a chip card system in wristbands that attendees can top-up with funds.

Complete information is available on the Squamish Valley Music Fest website.

Been to Squamish Fest before? Planning to go this summer? Let us know below. 

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