Ahhhh, summer. The time of year when everyone wants to be outside all the time, the short shorts come out, and you blast your favorite summer tunes. But one of the best parts of summer is when all those things come together and form a wonderful escape from reality, also known as a music festival. "Festy season" is upon us, and we had such a fun time travelling back to our home province of British Columbia in Canada and making the beautiful 2 hour drive up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to our local Pemberton Music Festival. We camped, we danced, we sweated our make up off, and we came home full of new memories and friends. Here's some of the highlights!
When we weren't fawning over Father John Misty, we were running from stage to stage, taking in all the amazing energy and just having some fun in the sun. Pemberton, BC is a beautiful small town and the festival was situated in the most beautiful setting - does it get much better than a valley surrounded by mountains with the sun shining way past dinner time?
The festival was bright and playful, with fun misting tents, a central pagoda for chilling out, and The Lounge with free wifi (essential). Half the fun of festival season is festival fashion, and we were proud to rock some of the jewelry from local Vancouver designer Kat Made Jewelry, as seen here. To help you rock your own festival flare this summer, we're giving away her rad coin necklace (as seen on Elaine here). To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your favorite song of the summer!
Pemberton had such a varied lineup that it was really fun to bounce from stage to stage, and "Basscamp" was always the place full of the best vibes. Fun fact, it's the same stage as Coachella! We loved sets from awesome electronic acts like Cut Copy, Ryan Hemsworth, Jack LNDN, and Banks, plus the outrageous dancey headliners like Duke Dumont and Jack U (hellooo, Diplo + Skrillex!).
It wasn't just headliners like Weezer and the Black Keys though, and "indie" acts like Passion Pit, Portugal the Man, Dan Mangan and the Blacksmiths, and Broken Social Scene had a special place in our hearts too. We also LOVED how many Canadian artists were represented! Canada has such an amazing local music scene and it was great to see how much talent we have.
It wasn't all rock and roll, and with J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar headlining the festival, there was an awesome hip hop scene too. Our favorite sets though had to be Ludacris and Missy Elliot...because really, who can compare?!? All our childhood dreams came true (and we swear we locked eyes with Missy...)
All in all it was an amazing festival and we can't wait for next year! Hard to believe such a good time is so close to home.