Blueprint is proud to announce our involvement in this year’s annual Virgin Mobile Canada’s Squamish Festival, taking place August 8th, 9th & 10th and for the first time, we’re featuring our very own Blueprint dance music arena. With so many more artists to witness with last weeks monster lineup, Squamish will also expand its footprint significantly in its fifth year, from 31 acres in 2013 to 70 acres this August. Read about our Top 10 List of 2014’s #VMSQUAMISH Acts to check out below;
In his nearly two-decade career, Eminem remains arguably one of the most technically gifted & controversial rappers alive. To date, Squamish is Eminem’s only Festival announcement in 2014, and will be his first western Canadian show in more than a decade. No doubt – we’ll be more than ready to lose ourselves in the moment when he hits the Squamish main stage this summer.
2) The Roots
As pioneers of the live-rap movement, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the Roots are champions of being hip-hop’s most idolized live band for over fifteen years. Come 2009, the Roots began tenure as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Devout Roots fans need not panic, as the Philly crew remains hitting festival grounds nearly 10 weeks every year, including Squamish 2014.
3) Boys Noize
Berlin-based DJ and producer Alex Ridha, otherwise known as Boys Noize is one of the most valued electronic artists, awarded with the Independent Music Award in 2010 as well as 3 years in a row Best Electronic Artist on Beatport. Seamlessly mixing and remixing on the spot, Ridha never fails to deliver high-powered and energetic sets: definitely one that is bound to be an unforgettable experience for the Squamish crowd this year.
4) Arcade Fire
Grammy-award winning Montreal sevenpiece Arcade Fire are anticipated to bring their theatrical, unapologetic bombast set as headliners for Squamish 2014. This fiercely independent band has carved out their niche beyond the grasps of the major label system with great success & are a must see this August.
5) Bruno Mars
After shutting down the Super Bowl halftime show last Sunday, pop music’s biggest hitmaker Bruno Mars is bound to do it all over again this summer. If you weren’t sold on Bruno Mars before we guarantee you’ll be cashing in all your chips after the Squamish crowd witnesses his high-powered live set as headliner of Squamish.
6) Jamie Jones
Jamie Jones’ rise to the top has been a steady climb. The UK fave always respected by fellow peers and artists’ and now widely admired as one of the best in the currently rising house music movement. The past few years have seen Jamie launch his own pioneering label and brand, Hot Creations, and production outfit Hot Natured, forging his own path with a highly original sound, as both a solo artist and with various collaborations. Following hot off the heels from being titled as electronic music’s most respected website, Resident Advisor, with the coveted ‘DJ of the year’ award, Jones has created an admired musical identity and a loyal global following.
7) Danny Brown
Coming on the heels of his breakthrough releases XXX & Old, Fool’s Gold-signed Danny Brown’s long-time-coming career in hip-hop has catapulted him into the festival scene. Over the course of a decade making mixtapes in both Detroit and New York, he’s taken his time perfecting a sound—aggressively high-pitched vocals over hypnotic electro beats—unlike anything ever heard in hip-hop & one act that is a can’t miss at Squamish this year.
Bristol-bred singer/musician/DJ/producer Ben Westbeech, otherwise known by his dance-music alter-ego Breach is clearly unstoppable. The pinnacle of his success came last summer when, “Jack”—a catchy house tune he created in just a few hours to complement another planned release—cast a spell on our Blueprint scene, festival goers and DJs across the globe. Quickly becoming one of last year’s biggest anthems, he’s bound to bring Squamish down to the masses.
9) Lykke Li
Swede-heart Lykke Li doesn’t need too much introduction, as the postmodern-pop-delight has gained critical acclaim from her 2008 debut that catapulted in the global festival scene. With her distinctive wavering vocals & captivating live sets, the Squamish 2014 crowd is going to be lucky enough to witness this rare talent.
10) Felix Cartal
A longtime member of the Blueprint fam, Vancouver native Felix Cartal is no newcomer to the electronic scene, having been producing and remixing since the age of 15. Felix released his first EP under Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records in 2009, and has since played all over the world and a frequent favorite at Blueprint shows. Make sure to catch his set with us this summer, as it’ll be a family affair to remember with the Squamish squad.
– Karli Fahlman