The Squamish Valley Music Festival 2014 just added some incredible new additions to the already stacked lineup today, including festival favorites such as Chvrches, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, Temper Trap and hip-hop king Nas performing the 20th anniversary of his classic & influential album Illmatic. This now increases the 2014 lineup to over 60 performers this August at Centennial Field, Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in the beautiful & scenic Squamish, B.C. And for all you die-hard festival goers, the pre-festival Campers’ Kickoff lineup scheduled for Thursday August 7th will feature exclusive performances for all weekend pass holders such as A Tribe Called Red, heRobust, Kastle, The Strumbellas & Vancouver’s very own Sleepy Tom. Take a look below & get to know some of the new & legendary acts that we’re thrilled to witness this summer at Squamish;
NAS – ILLMATIC 20TH ANNIVERSARY
The importance of Nas’s debut album, Illmatic, to hip-hop is immeasurable. Not only did it single-handedly revive New York City’s rap scene, it debuted Nas as one of the greatest lyricists of all time. Now, 2014 marks twenty years since it landed and to honour this occasion, Nasty Nas has been heavily touring the 2014 festival scene to celebrate two decades at the top of his game.
To Scottish electro-pop band CHVRCHES, everything still feels a little experimental. Formed in 2011, the trio has released only a handful of singles online, to massive buzz in both the UK and the US for their easy combos of infectious synth beats and unembellished lyrics, including the highly addictive “The Mother We Share” and their upcoming EP’s title track, “Recover.” Though members Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty are all seasoned musicians from different creative backgrounds, teaming up to form CHVRCHES has produced a lot of firsts: among them, their first overwhelming fan reactions, first major festival appearances, and first opportunities to meet personal music idols. The band is about to get a taste of Canadian festival crowds, with its first introduction at Squamish this summer.
Though Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, the duo that makes up Phantogram, may be based in a small town—they still call Saratoga Springs, NY, not exactly known as a musical hub, home—their trip-hop sound is anything but provincial. Barthel and Carter are quickly making a name for themselves with the insanely sexy electro-pop beats featured on their debut album Eyelid Movies, and will be bringing their hybrid sound to Squamish this summer for the masses.
Temper Trap make indie rock in the vein of Radiohead, Muse and The Doves. A few years ago, they were an unknown Australian indie rock band–until one of their songs changed everything. “Sweet Disposition” allowed the band to leave Australia move to London for a chance at becoming a world-class rock band. They’ve now become a highly-coveted booking for festivals this year, and guess what? The Aussies are hitting the mountains of Squamish in August.
A TRIBE CALLED RED
To call 2013 a banner year for A Tribe Called Red would be a major understatement. The trio of Aboriginal DJs has an album that critics are raving about, has been touring the world, and, most importantly, has pioneered a ground-breaking new music style that’s all their own. Called “Powwow-step,” or “Electric-Pow-Wow” their mash-up of indigenous beats and dance music has taken off in a huge way. The group will compliment Squamish’s lineup perfectly – and even better before the three-day madness for Thursday’s pre-festival Campers’ Kickoff party.
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