The Van Isle Festival Scene
Summer has arrived and with it comes a multitude of opportunities to play outside. Dance the summer days and nights away at one or more of the dozens of music festivals that the mid-island area hosts over the hotter months. Eager to start planning your summer? Check out the schedule below for a comprehensive overview of some of the most popular music festivals in the mid-island area! All you need to do is buy your tickets and mark your calendar – fill your summer with the magic of music and make beautiful memories of these fleeting moments that you will look back on for a lifetime.
Kicking off July is Vancouver Island Music Fest, an annual shin-dig held at the Comox Valley Fairgrounds. The lineup this year is the one to beat, with Colin James, Asleep at the Wheel, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Bobby Rush, Black String, The Unfaithful Servants, The Westside Horns, and many more. This three day festival runs from July 12th to 14th and has multiple stages and performance areas, ensuring you get to catch your favourites more than once and there will always be someone performing that you’ll want to see. From folk to Indie to Americana and more, this festival encompasses the eclectic personality of the Vancouver Island music scene.
Book-ending July is the Island Folk Festival, which is slated to run from July 26th to the 28th at Providence Farm in Duncan. This one is for mellow indie coffeehouse blues lovers everywhere; the lineup this year features The Jerry Cans, Carmanah, Shuffle Demons, Ridley Bent. Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Pharis and Jason Romero, The Fugitives, and a slew of other underground favourites. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the festival, and the concert-runners have revved up to make it an unforgettable one.
Calling all country lovers! SunFest has become a cult classic over the years thanks to its amazing lineup of talented musicians and this year is no different. From August 1st to 4th, the stages at SunFest will be rocked by the likes of Jason Aldean, Rolling Trainwreck, Terri Clark, The Washboard Union, The County Line, Stetson Road, April Reign, and others at Laketown Ranch in Duncan. If previous years are any indication, this festival will be something you remember for a lifetime.
Every wild-at-heart bohemian soul awaits the annual Cumberland Wild Music Festival, scheduled to take place from August 17th to 19th in Cumberland Village. Dance beneath the daytime sun and the twinkling stars of the night sky to performers like Xavier, El Dub, Dodgy Mountain Men, The Sorority, Bassos Rancheros, Applecat, Lady K, The Heardsmen, Aspen King, and other incredible talent too authentic to ever see the business side of any top ten chart. This two-day, two-stage extravaganza will speak directly to your wayward gypsy soul, and your soul will listen.
These annual island favourites don’t even scratch the surface of the west coast festival scene, so if you’re not danced out yet you have a lot more summer musical extravaganzas to choose from. Not a local? Sunrise Ridge offers the perfect home base for spending your summer as a fervent festival-goer on our beautiful island. Many of our suites offer fully-equipped gourmet kitchens, in-suite laundry, separate bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, air conditioning, and gorgeous ocean or mountain views. You can live it up at as many music festivals as your heart desires and then return to your home-away-from-home for some rest, relaxation, and to do a few loads of muddy laundry. Afterward, soak your sore muscles in our outdoor hot tub or curl up by the fireplace in your suite – or by the wood-burning outdoor fireplace on our terrace to enjoy the peace and serenity of our seaside paradise.
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