What to Check out at Live at Squamish

Now less than a week away, August 20th to 21st marks the second annual Live at Squamish Music Festival, taking place a short 45-minute drive along the stunning Sea-to-Sky.

Call it BC’s version of Lollapalooza if you will, this weekend-long event promises to thrill concert-goers and club-kids alike with talent you need to note. Live at Squamish (LAS) boasts a robust line up of 30 different artists set to take to various stages at what is truly an awe-inspiring venue. LAS brings the ultimate coastal backdrop to this event: the monstrous face of The Chief anchors it all, surrounded by cascading mountains and the pacific ocean that works to lend a unique laid-back flavour to it all.

The notable line up for 2011 offers attendees the music of Weezer, The Zolas, She Stole My Beer, Kyprios, My!Gay!Husband! and Metric, to name just a few. Looking for beats or something slightly different? Beeline it to the Garibaldi Stage and take in the reggae-techno twist brought to life by Major Lazer. Pack your party pants and take in the ultimate summer sunset to the groove-maker mixings of DJ Doc Martin, Luke McKeehan, DJ Donald Glaude as well as the talents of Tommie Sunshine.

Be sure to take in the inspirational spoken word talents of beat poet sensation Shane Koyczan. Shane’s stirring take on slam poetry won him the world’s undivided attention during his much buzzed-about performance during the 2010 Winter Olympics – and we’re certain he’ll nab yours just as easily.

Plan ahead and stay the weekend (passes are still available) or check it out for the day, but plan on getting to the grounds early to take in all the other attractions on hand. We’re talking VIP area, Beer Gardens, Artisan Village and a huge selection of food vendors scattered throughout to keep hunger at bay.

We give Live at Squamish our notable green thumbs up! Feel even better about attending the event now as organizers have painstakingly sought out ways to envirotize things up and reduce the overall environmental impact. Partnering with several eco-companies will help ensure that clean energy is used, consumption is kept to a minimum, and zero-waste initiatives are met.

Though early-bird VIP camping sites have long since sold out, there are other rustic options (including off-site camping) for concert-goers and plenty of local hotels with space (keep this in mind when you end the day with dust-covered feet). We’re just sayin’.

Click here to review the full line-up of artists and more event details, as well as to order tickets directly. LAS will take place at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in the heart of Squamish, BC and just off Highway 99.