After the massive success of last year’s Squamish Festival it is no surprise that the expectation for this year was beyond. Love it or hate it, Squamish has delivered another stellar lineup packed with a diverse array of talent. Following up from the inaugural Blueprint Arena, we’re excited to announce our sophomore lineup on our stage this August;
From the chilled out groove of his redux renascence, catch his extended redux edit of atmosphere, to mainstage anthems like Last Chance, and No One Knows Who We Are; Kaskade is a man at the top of his game. All of this without the mention of his now classic works which alone could hold down a festival set—Eyes, Room For Happiness, 4AM, and It’s You, It’s Me barely scratch the surface. Combine this with his impeccable knack for unparalleled beautiful visuals and you are in for an unforgettable show.
Canadian bass hero’s Christian Srigley and Leighton James know how to work festival attendees in to a frenzy. With soaring female vocals, up-tempo riffs, and thundering drops, Adventure Club live up to the high expectations set by fans. The duo’s latest mix series Superheroes Anonymous, now in its fifth iteration, is genre-freed bass bliss. Prepare for a melodic set with dub notes, we promise Adventure Club’s frantic mixing style will have Blueprint fans firing on all cylinders
From releasing Spitfire at the age of 19 to embarking on a world tour for his debut album Worlds, Porter Robinson has undergone a prolific artistic evolution no often seen within the world of dance music. Robinson himself has made it clear that his live shows are “not a rave” but an intricate immersive musical experience. Expect live instruments, amazing visuals, and a set consisting entirely of Robinson’s original productions.
From pitched-up soul samples to deep melodious electronica, Odesza can do it all. In recent years the duo’s rise to fame has been staggering, and the reason is simple—the produce unbelievable music. Falling under a similar genre as Pretty Lights and Gramatik an Odesza set provides the perfect back drop to a chilled out BC groove session. Embrace Squamish beautiful setting and let Odesza take you away. Their 2014 debut headlining tour managed to sell out over twenty-six stops, don’t miss your chance to catch the duo in action.
After blowing away Contact attendees during his headlining spot at this year’s #FVDED stage there should be very little doubt that Kaytranada is a force to be reckoned with. With up-tempo neo-soul stylings and a pension for remixing female vocalists Kaytranada has played a pivotal role in the modern revitalization of R&B. In he is one of the hardest working acts in the scene: he has released eleven LPs, two EPs, and over thirty remixes since early 2010. However, more than anything Kaytranada just wants his fans to enjoy the music and atmosphere he creates at live events.
Legendary Canadian turntablist A-Trak won the DMC World DJ Championships at the staggering age of 15. Existing in a realm of his own no other artist in the game has quite the same level of turntable mastery while simultaneously commanding the ability to push dance music in to the future.From hip-hop laden dance tracks and acting as Kanye’s personal DJ, to his famed alter ego Duck Sauce and its now legendary track Barbra Streisand, A-trak’s skill is undeniable.
As one of 2014’s most buzzed about artists and the purveyor of future house Tchami is set to be one of 2015’s most sought after acts. Before Oliver Helden’s brought Gecko to the masses Tchami labelled one of his releases as Future House on soundcloud. It was a simple joke meant to draw attention to the innovation of his release—little did he know the internet would run with it inevitably leading to the emergence of an entire new sub-genre. Deep bass groove guaranteed.
With years of solo experience Matt & Kye formed Gorgon City as an outlet to explore soundscapes they felt unable to capture as individual artists. Since then their goal has been to capture the deeper sounds of house and mould them with hooks and polished chorus’ in order to create power and party-minded deep house inspired productions. Catch their 2013 summer anthems Real featuring Yasmin and Intentions featuring Clean Bandit for a real taste of what to expect at this year’s festival.
2014 was a phenomenal year for breakthrough UK house artist Hannah Wants: she picked up the Best Breakthrough DJ title at the DJ Mag awards and became Mixmag’s Best Breakthrough DJ andStar Of The Year. If you are looking for a taste of Hannah’s flare look no further than her Mixtape series. Often sampling tracks from over twenty genres in an hour long mix Hannah is dedicated to the artistry of mixing and promises that every live set is a unique and skilled experience.
“Slow Magic is the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend;” donning a technicolor wolf mask, Slow Magic aims to allow the music create his identity. Self describes as cosmic uncaged electronic music Slow Magic mixes electronic music with live instrumentation. The goal is simply—reinvent the image of the electronic music as an ethereal art driven experience.
The Funk Hunters
Vancouver’s favorite live electronic music act is bringing their six piece band and custom visual experience to Squamish Festival. The stage set up includes: four turntables, live vocals, guitar, trumpet, saxophone, keys and drums. Originally focusing on revitalizing and reimagining classic tracks the Funk Hunters have shifted their focus to original productions. Prepare yourselves for a lurid combination of melody, the emotion of funk and soul, and the grit and heavy punch of electronic drums and basslines.
This Australian house duo burst on to the scene in 2012 with their bootleg remix of Passion Pit’s Take a Walk. Since then they have landed remixes on major labels like Dim Mak and Mad Decent and there latest single High went certified platinum in Australia.
In an attempt to humanize the music they play this duo sought out, and believe that they have found, the beating heart within the dance music machine. Oliver’s music is a mad hybrid of 80s flare, the relentless groove of R&B, the bombastic boombox beats of hip-hop, and the soaring hooks of electropop. But why stop there, Oliver’s latest Fool’s Gold EP entitled Mechanical cranks up the funk even further for what is sure to be an irresistibly happy set at Squamish.
Mat The Alien
This Whistler residenthas been mixing, scratching and making mixes since the age of fourteen. His sound may span countless genres, tempos and styles, but one thing is for sure—it is always heavy with a thick bass line. However, Mat’s real talent is in his uncanny ability to completely level any live set up he gets behind. Lots of local love behind this one.
Passes go on sale tomorrow morning (Thursday, February 26th) at 10AM sharp via squamishfestival.com.
– Ryan Hayesget tickets