Wapiti Music Festival 2014 - Lineup Announced

Wapiti Music Festival announced its lineup for the exciting fourth annual music festival, which takes place in the Annex Park along the Elk River in Fernie BC.

This year, those in attendance will be lucky to hear the following Canadian Indie Bands:

Greg Drummond
Good for Grapes
Fast Romantics
July Talk
The Strumbellas
Jordan Klassen
Dear Rouge
Old Man Canyon
JP Hoe

Storming the indie scene, July Talk’s true rock and roll sound will take the CBC Stage Saturday night, sharing the evening with Fast Romantics and The Strumbellas. The Strumbella’s recently took home the 2014 Juno Award for Roots Album of the Year. Toronto’s Zeus and Vancouver’s Good for Grapes is a must see for the Friday night lineup. Head to the Wapiti site to listen and explore the full lineup, a great way to prepare for the two-day festival.

Heading into its 4th year, Wapiti Music Festival brings the best of “Fresh Canadian Indie” into our backyard. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes, so we took the opportunity to ask event organizers Chantel Souliere (C) and Kevin McIsaac (K) a few questions.

F: What was the inspiration behind this year's lineup?
C: Well we always try to top the year before, which can be a hard task! I personally was looking for bands that I not only had on my own iPod, but brought a raw Rock and Roll sound - something I thought was missing from last year. At the end of the day we are looking for good music and artists that can put on a good show. It doesn't sound complicated, but it's about a seven-month process.

F: Which band are you most excited to see?
C: July Talk!!!!!!!! Because of Peter Dreimanis' voice, and I'm in the mood to rock out! July talk is THE buzz band of the country right now, we are lucky to have them for sure. EEP! So excited!

F: What is new about this year's event?
C: We are hosting a free ommunity outdoor concert Thursday evening on August 7 in downtown Fernie at the Arts Station featuring Victoria BC’s Wil. This will be a free show to the public to kick off the Wapiti weekend.

F: Will you be able to apply BC's new liquor laws in regards to the beer garden?
K: My understanding is the legislation changes won't be in force until the end of the year, so probably it will be the same as last year.

F: Any additional points we should be excited for?
K: CBC is back on as our sponsor. Also we're returning to the original layout with vendors near the entrance, and will have improvements in water access.

Wapiti Music Festival takes place in Annex Park in Fernie BC August 8-9. Kids 12 and under and seniors 65 and older are FREE. There will be a kids tent, refreshment gardens and a vendor village to take care of all your needs.

See you there!