Pull out your glow sticks, grab your oversized sunglasses and dust off your onesie banana costume, the sixth-annual 2015 Tall Tree music festival kicks off this Friday, June 26.
Traditionally held on top of Browns Mountain in Port Renfrew, this year the music festival promises even bigger artists and bigger shows than ever before, complete with full transportation to and from the venue throughout its duration.
Jordan River’s Cold Shoulder Cafe is pitching in their services thanks to their brand-new food trailer which will be feeding the crowds throughout the entire festival weekend.
So what’s to expect this year from one of the most epic music festivals on the West Coast? Well, dozens of artists, both national and international, for one — from electronica and trance, to indie rock, to rap and hip hop, Browns mountain will be bustling with visitors and musicians alike from mid-afternoon on Friday, June 26, to late Sunday, June 28.
One of the first to start will be Victoria-based indie-rock band Towers and Trees, who are set to take the main stage at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26. The band will kick off with their newest song titled The West Coast, an “ambitious and deeply personal album that declares its belief in love even in the midst of losing it” — so, in a nutshell, it’s got heart, it’s smooth, and it’s adventurous enough for those beautiful drives along the Coast.The Victoria indie rock collective has certainly been busy since they burst onto the B.C. music scene with their debut Broken Record EP (2013).
But while some bands at Tall Tree will lead you to reflect on the love of past and present, others will get your blood pumping, such as West Coast-born Frivolous (aka Daniel Gardner) who found a way to deliciously fuse punk, rave, jazz, minimal, Eastern European folk music (ooh, that’s a good one) classic house and swinging 60s into one passionate mix of dance-floor friendly beats.
And if you’re down to tear the roof off with some rap, there’s Autrokrat, one of Canada’s most resonating and successful female rappers. But it’s not her head-to-toe tattoos and wild hairstyles that earned her reputation, but her lyrical ability and immense energy; currently she’s working on her debut solo album and is also in the works with rapper N9ne; so buckle up and enjoy the show.
For those who will be sticking around for the full weekend, Sunday’s theme will be “Sunday FunkDay” – this is where everyone is encouraged to “wear your funkiness” and just let loose.
And hey, if you are someone who isn’t too keen on dancing (pant-less or otherwise) Port Renfrew is a scenic jewel filled with ancient rain forests, beautiful trails and paths, a long stretch of beach at the Pacheedaht Campground as well as the legendary Juan de Fuca Botanical Beach.
Parking will be available at the bottom of Browns mountain, camping in vehicles is not allowed; so be sure to pack a tent, necessities, notably, a flashlight. There’s no phone reception out in the Port Renfrew area, either, so be prepared for a tech-free weekend!
For those who didn’t get a chance to buy tickets on time, don’t despair; last-minute festival-goers can still find deals on Tall Tree Music Festival’s Facebook page as some people are willing to part with their own pair of tickets, due to scheduling problems or otherwise.