DeadMau5, Nine Inch Nails and Snoop Dogg to headline Pemberton Music Festival

Vancouver Sun - April 9, 2014

Outkast, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Metric and Modest Mouse also included in all-star lineup

BY TIFFANY CRAWFORD, VANCOUVER SUNAPRIL 9, 2014 9:01 AM

DeadMau5, Nine Inch Nails and Snoop Dogg are just some of the big stars who will be playing for thousands of party people at this year’s resurrected Pemberton Music Festival.

The festival, which is returning after a five-hear hiatus, runs from July 18 to July 20. The new promoters Huka Entertainment released the lineup on Wednesday, saying there will be nearly 100 performances, including Soundgarden, Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar.

Expected Tuesday, the lineup release was delayed by a day. but Huka CEO A.J. Niland said it took a little longer because organizers wanted to finalize the details so fans would have “the best experience.” He did not say whether the festival was waiting on a particular artist to sign on.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and start at $279, plus camping or shuttle options for $89.

The three-day weekend music festival will be held in B.C.’s Pemberton Valley, near the foot of Mount Currie. The organizers say there will be camping on 300 acres and six separate performance areas, including two main stages, two secondary stages, a dance tent and a comedy area.

In an interview with The Vancouver Sun last year, Niland said he wanted to build on the lessons learned from the 2008 event featuring Jay Z and Coldplay that suffered a few setbacks. Niland said Huka had studied the Live Nation event from 2008, which included problems with garbage collection and insufficient portable washroom facilities.

He said this year’s festival will feature consolidated camping with 25,000 spots available, ensuring there are no massive crowd movement during the festival.

An extensive shuttle service between Whistler and Pemberton will also ensure festivalgoers staying off-site will have easy access to the festival grounds, which will hold 35,000 people.

Huka Entertainment says more artists are expected to be added to the list in the coming weeks, but here’s the list so far:

Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, Deadmau5, Soundgarden, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Metric, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Above & Beyond, Empire of the Sun, Ms. Lauryn Hill, TV On The Radio, Blondie, Cage The Elephant, Girl Talk, Grimes, The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Baauer, Matthew Good, Schoolboy Q, St. Vincent, Tyler, The Creator, Violent Femmes, Earl Sweatshirt, Gord Downie, The Sadies, The New Pornographers, Sloan, Stars, Best Coast, Big Gigantic, Clockwork, Flying Lotus, Hayden, Matt Mays, RL Grime, Shlohmo, Delta Rae, Dinosaur Jr., Fucked Up, Griz, Hey Rosetta!, Kaytranada, Purity Ring DJ Set, XXYYXX, Dan Deacon, Lettuce, Metz, Rich Aucoin, Wild Belle, ZZ Ward, Aer, Gold & Youth, Flash Lightnin’, The Tontons, Tory Lanez, Yukon Blonde, Hallelujah Train featuring Daniel Lanois, Will Sexton, Brian Blade, Brady Blade Sr., Anders Osborne, Chris Thomas, and Malcolm Burn with Gospel Choir, and comedy from Trailer Park Boys, Bob Saget, Lisa Lampanelli, Nick Swardson, Norm Macdonald, Doug Benson, Hannibal Buress, Tom Green, Brian Posehn, Jim Breuer, Natasha Leggero, Brian Scolaro and Kyle Dunnigan.

Further information can be found at www.pembertonmusicfestival.com.

ticrawford@vancouversun.com