3 Days of Sand, Sun and Music: Vancouver Folk Festival is Back, July 17-19

Photo courtesy Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Photo courtesy Vancouver Folk Music Festival

For nearly 40 years, it’s been quite possibly the most gorgeous concert setting in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival – staged just steps from of Jericho Beach – returns July 17-July 19. This year, more than 60 acts from around the world are set to take the stage, framed by a backdrop of sand, sea and mountains. The three-day celebration of folk music in all its forms – from blues and roots to reggae and world rhythms – is expected to attract 30,000 fans for the outdoor concert event of the summer.

Concerts take place on multiple stages throughout the grassy grounds of Jericho Beach Park, starting as early as 10 a.m. on the weekend and continuing long after sunset to 11 p.m. The festival atmosphere includes an expansive artisan market and kids area, not to mention some of the city’s top food trucks.

Photo courtesy Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Photo courtesy Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The centre of all the activity is the Folk Festival Main Stage, where top acts perform nightly from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. A look at this year’s headliners shows the diversity of talent on tap:

  • Top billing on Friday includes ‘60s British icon Richard Thompson, hailed by the LA Times as the “finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix.” He’ll be followed by the Melbourne Ska Orchestra – a few dozen horn players and musicians from Down Under rocking out to some of the skankiest ska anywhere.
  • Saturday’s Main Stage set opens with none other than Adam Cohen. The son of legendary crooner Leonard Cohen brings elegant songs of love, family and self to the stage. Capping the night’s performances are bluegrass icons Trampled by Turtles, the indie rockers from Duluth, Minnesota, known for their high-energy songs.
  • On Sunday, catch the indie-folk-pop sensation from Brooklyn, Lucius. Known for their harmonies, infectious hooks and danceable beats, the quintet has been called by Rolling Stone “the best band you many not have heard yet.” Closing out the festival is Angelique Kidjo, known as “the undisputed queen of African music.” Weaving together Afropop, Congolese rumba, jazz, gospel and Latin sounds, Kidjo is a multiple Grammy winner with an unusually powerful voice and stage presence.
Photo courtesy Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Photo courtesy Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Three-day passes for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival are currently on sale for $155. Single-day tickets are $50 for Friday, July 17, and $80 for Saturday, July 18, or Sunday, July 19. Kids under 12 are free with an adult.

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