Preview: Pemberton Music Festival

festA music festival is one of those things. One of those things that you just have to do once in your life. With that being said, it should be warned that once you go to your first festival, you will be addicted. Personally I went to my first real festival last year with Sasquatch fest, and this year I will be keeping it close to home and heading to Squamish next month, and I plan to hit a different festival each year for the next few years. Of course lots of those things lose value eventually, but for now enjoy them while they are still awesome.

Besides Squam, The 2015 Pemberton Music Festival is the other BC music festival hotspot, drawing some of the biggest names in music each year. This years 4 night fest promises to keep up that tradition with some huge names, and to do what we do best, we have compiled a quick preview for anyone hitting the slow this weekend! This will include the standouts that you CAN’T misss out on seeing, a few sleeper acts, and we will note and help you choose beteen a couple big overlaps. This will all be topped off with out Pemberton 2015 8tracks mix, so you can hear it all!

The Standouts:

Jack U, Kendrick Lamar, Tiesto, The Black Keys, J.Cole, Hozier, Kid Cudi, Missy Elliot, Weezer

This one is easy. In addition to Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack U collab, and full-flex express gang, this list is basically everyone on the first 2 lines of the festival poster. These headliners are capped off by the biggest name in hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar, the biggest names in EDM, Jack U, along side a nice mix of artists, old and new. I have had the pleasure of seeing Kid Cudi live last year, and it was the greatest concert of my life, still. With this group of artists you can expect solid performances, no matter what genre they may be belong to, these are the acts with guaranteed fan participation, that you absolutely can’t miss.

(Above: Kendrick displays the type of pan participation I’m talking about. Better know the words to “m.A.A.d. City if you go to the Kendrick Set!)

The Sleepers:

Zhu, BADBADNOTGOOD, Flatbush Zombies, Kali Uchis, Bas, Sango

Ignoring the mid tier artists that will obviously be “sleepers” in a sense (RL Grime, G-Eazy, Earl, Flux, Logic, PND, etc), are the real group of acts that very few people will have heard of, or had plans to go see, but are guaranteed to be some of the standouts when its all said and done.

For those in the mood for some new DJ and producers, they will want to check out Zhu, and Sango. Soulection stud, Sango is my vote for sleeper of the weekend. His unique sounds are unparralled, and with his expansive collection or originals and remixes already, I believe his performance will take many by storm. Judging by his Youtube performances, crowds can expect transy, vibey beats, mixed with a lot of heavy bass and a future sound.

Hip-hop fans will be surprised at the quality of both the Flatbush Zombies, as well as J.Cole’s right hand man, Bas. Both with entirely different sounds, FBZ known for crude, Joey Badass-esq style, and Bas, reminicent of Cole himself, are sure to impress and entertain during their sets. If you’re in the mood for it, check out the “White Iverson”, Post Malone during his set on Saturday.

Besides those, Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD is sure to make an impression on new listeners with their wild Jazz sounds, while singer Kali Uchis has been turning heads as of late, as well. P.S. if you own a curve-brim Polo hat, it is mandatory that you go to the Yung Lean show.

(Above: BADBADNOTGOOD kills their own rendition fo BUGG’N at the Mad Decent Block Party)

The Overlaps:

J.Cole v Bassnectar, Missy v Zeds Dead, Jack U v Hozier

Quite frankly, I think that Pemberton did a pretty good job of not making too many huge overlaps (*COUGH COUGH* SQUAMISH *COUGH*), but there are a couple that might be tough.

The first overlap includes Rap sensation J.Cole, and EDM legends, Bassnectar. Although this will undoubtedly end in genre preference, or style, but judging by Cole’s recent crown while performing his song “A Tale Of 2 Citiez”, he is going to put on one hell of a show.

After the previously mentioned overlaps, I didn’t spot any major overlaps until the final day, when the Full Flex Express’ star studded lineup goes all day long, causing a couple overlaps, including Missy Elliot vs. Zeds Dead, and Jack U vs Hozier. Normally for the Mizzy-Zed overlap, I’d rank this as a half a and half, meaning watch a bit of both, but knowing that the Full Flex Express is going to be attended heavily, leaving may not be an option for anyone hoping to check out of the rest of the show. Jack-Hozier is another half and half that might be worth while for everyone involved. Besides the fact that Jack U has been underwhelming since the birth, Hozier embodies what I consider the be the perfect festival performer. His raw, natural sound will make for the perfect late-evening show as the sun is going down to close out the festival before Kendrick.

(Above: A full concert version of why Hozier is the ultimate festival performer)

The bottom line is that Pemberton 2015 is going to be one of the best festivals this year, and trust me when I say that no-one is making me say that. Personally, while I’m going to a different fest this year, I still see why this one is going to be such a big success. Half of the team (Ray and Husson) however will be heading down to pemby this week, and will hit us with the full recap when its all said and done, next week! Until then get ready for Pemby with out official RLGT x Pemberton 2015 pre-mix, and head over the the Pemberton site to purchase tickets before the kick off tomorrow!

Let us know in the comments who you are most excited to see!

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